Harry Johnson

harry johnson
Harry James Johnson, 91, of Fargo ND, formerly Hendrum MN, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2020, in Lake Havasu, AZ. Harry was born on March 29, 1928 to Ernest W. and Minnie (Dyrendahl) Johnson in the “Dyrendahl Home” in Hendrum. He attended Elm River No. 1, a one room school house near Quincy, ND through 8th grade and graduated from Hendrum High School in 1946. Harry married Junice Riggers on October 9, 1949 at First English Lutheran Church in Lockhart, MN. They made their home in Hendrum, MN with a short time spent in Cedar Rapids, IA. They were blessed with 3 children Claudia, Roger and Cory. Harry farmed most of his life in Traill County ND. In 1968 he enrolled in the Control Data Institute in Minneapolis, MN for computer repair, graduating in 1970. He worked for Honeywell in Cedar Rapids as a field engineer until 1973 when his love of farming led him to return to Hendrum. Harry retired from farming in 1991 to become a dedicated care giver to Junice, until her passing in 1993 from ALS. He was very active in the Hendrum community: A lifelong member of Immanuel Luthern Church, serving on the church Council and as President. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge serving as Master and in numerous other positions as well as a member of The Order Of The Eastern Star. Harry served as a Civil Defense Director in Norman County, he was a proud member of the Hendrum Volunteer Fire Department for 27 years, served on the Hendrum City Council, Hendrum Community Club and as a 4H Leader. Harry was a “collector”, he loved going to garage sales and flee markets, it didn’t need to have monetary value for it to be valuable to Harry. He enjoyed his annual trips to Big Iron and the Rollag, MN Steam Threshers Reunion. Telling jokes, stories, and visiting with people was very important to him, he was quick to make friends wherever he went. He enjoyed visiting and having coffee at Ben’s Service/Bait in Browns Valley, MN, Nepstad Oil in Hendrum, seeing friends at the fireplace at Fieldstone Apartments in Fargo and Senior Citizens Centers in Fargo and Lake Havasu, AZ. Harry is survived by children, Claudia (Larry) Johnson, Roger (Karen) Johnson and Cory (Robin) Johnson. Grandchildren, Bryce (Jennifer Halligan) Danelke, Shayna (Chris) Emme, Heidi (Eric) O’Donnell, Nathan (Tracey) Johnson, Haley Johnson, Madison Johnson. Great Grandchildren, Mason, MaKayla and Beau Danelke, Riley and Aftin O’Donnell, Griffin Johnson, baby Johnson due in May, and Chance Halligan. Sister Shirley K Johnson, Special Companion Marlys Kluck. Marion’s children Jeff (Bonnie) Falkingham, Mike (Eleanor)Falkingham, Pat (Don) Fall and their families, Sister-in-law Dolly Merkens, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Minnie, his wife Junice, fiancé Marion Falkingham, brother Duane, sister Beverly Todd and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated and preferred to the ALS Association.

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  1. Harry was a very good friend who I have had a great pleasure of knowing
    He was best known for his true story being mistaken for being known at the senior center as Harriet
    He always had a good joke to tell to keep everyone in a good mood or an equally good story to tell
    Harry will be greatly missed
    But remember he is not gone he is just watching over you from a different location

  2. Your da rude shared from Minneapolis back to Hendrum one time in the winter. I was glad I didn’t have to drive in the conditions. Your dad was well liked in the Hendrum community.

  3. We are all so sorry for your loss. Hold tight to your memories to lighten your heart. Thoughts and prayers to you all. Good bless…

  4. We are going to Miss our Harry at our building . My husband and i were so happy we met Harry Johnson . Harry was a pleasant and very comfortable person to gather around and hear jokes and stories . There was always a gathering and laughter when Harry was back from Lake Havasu , AZ . We will see you again some day.

  5. Always enjoyed visiting with Harry when he was in Browns Valley. Several years later we saw him at the Sons of Norway in Fargo when we went to a friend’s birthday party. He always had a joke to tell.

  6. I met Harry at Fieldstone Village! We had many good times talking, laughing together. He also brought good dishes to pass around at our Pot Luck Dinners at Fieldstone.
    He also took a few ladies out for a Spaghetti feed in West Fargo, then for a drive. He had a heart of Gold. I will always cherish Harry as a friend. RIP HARRY!!

  7. Harry Johnson was a good man. I will miss him. He was my friend and always there if you needed a friend.
    My prayers are with his family.

  8. I took care of Junice at Meritcare back in 90-94. I formed an amazing bond with both Junice and Harry. I hadn’t seen Harry after Junice passed, but I did run into Roger at the Dairy Queen in Fargo and it was so good to see him. I’ve always wondered how Harry was doing and was hoping to run into him again someday. He was such a loving and caring man and was always the jokester. He could always put a smile on your face. Harry and Junice both meant the world to me and I am so sad to hear of his passing. My condolences and thoughts and prayers go out to Roger, Claudia and Cory. Your parents were truly one of a kind and will forever be in my heart.

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