Wayne passed away peacefully at home on January 9, 2014 with his daughter by his side at the age of 59 years.
Wayne Kenneth Johnson was born at the Community Hospital in Princeton on Nov. 3, 1954 to Carolyn and Oliver Johnson. At 17 years old, he graduated from Anoka High School, and after working one year he saved enough money to enroll into Anoka Technical Institute for the Electrical & Mechanical Building Maintenance Program. At age 19, he proudly acquired a Corvette convertible and Harley-Davidson to which he was very proud. In 1975 he graduated from Anoka Tech and was working for University Hospitals as a mechanic.In the summer of 1972 while attending Gary Lords wedding, he shared the first dance with his (future) girlfriend, Jodi Ann Long. After dating, in February of 1979, he became the proud father of daughter, Randi Jo Long.
While working and being a great father, he enjoyed fixing many types of vehicles and helping his mother, who resided next door, with any maintenance issues. He also enjoyed the company of about six different dogs, the last four being golden retrievers.
On April 5, 2001, Randi gave Wayne close to 80 percent of her liver due to a virus acquired while working at the University. Thankfully, they paid for the successful liver transplant surgery, and they had many more happy years enjoying the activities he loved best which included riding motorcycles, dirt bikes, four-wheelers, and of course riding snowmobiles. In March 2011, he retired from the University with over 37 years of service. He enjoyed retirement life, spending more of that time with family, as well as finishing up some finished projects.
Wayne was preceded in death by his father, Oliver Johnson. Survived by his mother, Carolyn Johnson; daughter, Randi Jo Long; brothers, Ron Larson and Allan (Jo Ann) Johnson; sister, Trudy (Brent) Lee; as well as aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held January 14, 2014 at Oak Haven Church. Interment was in the Nichols Cemetery. Online condolences at www.carlsonlillemoen.com. Arrangements were with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.