Alton Richard Johnson was born Feb. 4, 1925 in Detroit Lakes, Minn. to John and Anna (Engberg) Johnson. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1942. Dick served his country in the US Army during WWII. He was always very proud of his military service and especially being a part of the Co. H 515 Parachute Infantry, 13th Airborne Division. He was previously married and had seven children. Dick gained another three “bonus children” on May 7, 1977 when he married Georgene Asp. He worked as a General Contractor and partner of D.W. Harstad for 45 years in Fridley and Ham Lake. Dick loved building things and especially liked working with oak. He made several oak items for Long Lake Lutheran Church. He was very much a part of the church. Dick also enjoyed playing cards and he loved poetry.
Dick will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Georgene; seven children, Sue (Frank) Krzytofiak, Meredith (Nick) Smith, Bruce (Brenda) Johnson, Mark Johnson, Karen (Terry) Schmitz, Kristin Smith, and Amy (Steve) Senger; three bonus children, Deanna Hartman, Tracy (Glen) Grell, and Jeffrey (Stephanie) Koppendrayer; two sisters, Ida Odegaard and Delores Odegaard; 17 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and by many other relatives and friends.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by seven siblings; Jerry, Eddy, Gene, Effie, Ethel “Pat,” Otto “Bill,” and Arnold “Woody.”
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Long Lake Lutheran Church with Pastor Matt Flom and Pastor Tyler Gubsch officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Mary Falk will serve as soloist and Kristy Anderson as organist. Pallbearers will be David Johnson, Donald Johnson, James “Red” Odegaard, Bill Asp, Alan Kelzer and Greg Koppendrayer. Interment will be in Egelund Cemetery in Rochert, Minn. Military honors will be provided by the Isanti VFW Post and the Detroit Lakes VFW and American Legion. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.