James Wesley Johnson a long -time resident of Blanchard, ND passed away December 10th, 2021 in his home at the age of 86. Jim was born October 4th, 1935 to John and Nellie (Haugen) Johnson at Mose ND. Jim was the youngest of 7 children. In 1943 the town was hit by a tornado and the family moved to Greenfield, ND and later to Hunter, ND where Jim graduated High School in 1953. Jim attended college in Wahpeton ND following High School. He served in the National Guard from 1957 until 1962. Jim worked at grain elevators all his life starting in 1960 and continuing until his retirement. He worked at Preston, Blanchard, Gardner and Hunter. He also enjoyed driving beet truck for Greg Stuart for many years. On July 1,1960 he married Ruth Grothmann at St John Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, ND. They have 5 children, 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Jim was an active member of St John Lutheran Church serving in many different roles including, Elder, Steward, and Sunday School Superintendent and served on the Blanchard township board for over 40 years. Jim is survived by his wife of 61 years Ruth, his children, Jeffrey (Jasmine) Johnson, Bradley (Cheryl McKay) Johnson, Melissa (Jeffry) Stuart, Douglas (Kelly) Johnson, Rebecca Johnson; his sister Bernice Piehl and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Harriet (Clarence) Sandbo, Helen (Ove) Sandbo, Irene (Howard) Plum, Judith Johnson, Katherine (Robert) Petrie. Grandsons Benjamin Ronald Stuart and Isaiah James Johnson, and many brothers-in-law. Visitation will be held on Thursday December 16th, from 5-7 at Boulger Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Funeral Services will be held Friday December 17th at St John Lutheran Church in Hillsboro at 10am with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at St John Cemetery in rural Hillsboro. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home in Hillsboro. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com

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  1. PRAYING FOR PEACE AND COMFORT FOR ALL THE FAMILY. JIM IS WITH HIS SAVIOR NOW AND YOU CAN KNOW THAT HE IS WITHOUT ANY PAIN NOW. JIM WAS A HARD WORKING HUSBAND AND FATHER, ALWAYS SO FRIENDLY TO PEOPLE HE MEANT. DON ALWAYS ENJOYED TALKING TO HIM.

  2. Your dad was such a good a sweet man. I’m sure glad I got to know him. Prayers to Ruth and his family he sure will be missed.

  3. Jimmy always had an interesting story to tell when we visited..so much fun talking to him. I’ll miss him.
    Condolences to his family

  4. We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s death. I hope you receive strength and peace from your faith, family and friends.

  5. I met and worked with Jim in 1957, along with his brother-in-law Clarence Sandbo. We were farming in Bohnsack Township. Then I was in regular contact with him, especially when he was Manager at the elevator in Blanchard. I knew his sister Harriet very well, and went to the wedding of Irene. He was a fine man who did a great job wherever he worked and did so much for the Blanchard community. Harry Hershey, Worthington Ohio.

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