Mike (Charles) Johnson, age 71, of Frazee, MN, passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, November 16, 2013, following a two year battle with cancer.
A memorial service for Mike will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, November 21, 2013, at Harvest Fellowship Church. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Furey Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. To leave online condolences, please visit www.fureyfh.com.
Mike was born January 3, 1942, in Staples, MN, the youngest of 6 children born to Rueben and Edna Johnson. Mike grew up east of Bertha, MN, where he attended grade school. He attended Staples High School, graduating with the class of 1960. Following his schooling, Mike was united in marriage to Marilyn Dorr. The couple farmed on Marilyn's family farm for a short time. The couple was blessed with two sons, Pat and Rodney.
Mike purchased a farmstead in rural Frazee in 1974. He was united in marriage to Diane Loeffler in 1985. The couple had two children, Benjamen and Amanda. Mike sold the farm to his son, Pat in 1989.
Mike then made his home in Rochert, MN, until moving to Frazee in 1991. In 2003, Mike met Lucy. The couple was married in 2006 and resided in Frazee. Mike worked as a custodian for the Frazee School District, the Detroit Lakes School District, County Market in Detroit Lakes and at the Detroit Lakes Community College for several years.
He enjoyed collecting hats, woodworking on his wood lathe; hunting with his family and friends; spending time with his children and grandchildren and visiting over a good cup of coffee. He was a proud, 30 year member of AA. He was also a member at Harvest Fellowship Church which he enjoyed immensely.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Lucy of Frazee; 4 children: Pat (Robbie) Johnson of Collins, MO, Rodney (Sonny) Johnson of Shakopee, MN, Benjamen (Syreeta) Johnson of Fargo, ND and Amanda Johnson of Fargo, ND; 3 step-sons: Garritt Santema of Frazee, John Santema of St. Cloud, MN and David (Jen) Santema of Little Falls, MN; 6 grandchildren: Matthew, Tim, Austin, A-Jay, McKenzie and Quinn; 4 brothers: Richard "Dick" (Lori) of Wisconsin, Paul (Dorothy) of Golden Valley, MN, Dale (Clareen) of Elk River, MN and Harlan "Kelly" (Carol) of Randall, MN; along with many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Mike in death were his mother, Edna and father, Rueben; brother, Robert; grandson, Baby Boy Johnson; and nephew, Roger Johnson.