|Birth: ||Aug. 24, 1921|
|Death: ||Nov. 9, 2008|
Grand Forks County
North Dakota, USA
Kenneth R. Johnson, 87, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, and a former longtime Crookston, Minnesota resident, died peacefully Sunday, November 9, 2008, at his residence. Kenneth was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on August 24, 1921, the son of Abner and Emma (Engen) Johnson. He moved with his family to Crookston as a young boy and graduated from Central High School. Kenneth then attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota before enlisting in the U.S. Navy on January 7, 1943. He received training as a naval aviator at the Naval Air Station in Pennsacola, Florida and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands during WWII. Lt. JG Kenneth R. Johnson was honorably discharged on October 15, 1945. In recognition of his distinguished service to his country he was awarded the American Theater Medal and Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal. On June 14, 1944 he was united in marriage to Yvonne A. Behl at the Methodist Church in Grand Forks. Born to their union were three daughters, Pamela, Debra, and Patty. Kenneth and Yvonne first lived in Minneapolis where he worked as a clerk for the Great Northern Railroad. After learning the art of photography at the Brown Studios in Minneapolis they moved to Crookston, and he was employed by Benson Studios. After a few years the family moved to Bagley where he owned his own studio. They returned to Crookston in the mid-1950's and Kenneth established Kenneth R. Johnson Photography. After many years he sold the business to Lee Marthaler. In the late 1970's Kenneth moved to Grand Forks, but continued to maintain close ties with his many Crookston friends over the years. Yvonne passed away in 2006. In past years Kenneth enjoyed golfing and woodworking. He was very patriotic and especially proud of his military service. He loved his family dearly, and his outgoing nature endeared him to many. Kenneth will be very sadly missed.
Loving family members include three daughters, Pamela (Lawrence) Berwick of Canby, OR, Debra (David) Brager of Moorhead, MN, and Patricia Albano of Molalla, OR; six grandchildren, Diana (Tony) Matranga of Lake Tahoe, CA, Justin (Ashild) Yuen of Hommersak, Norway, Nicholas Albano of Portland, OR, Marie (Chris) Ellis of Molalla, Holli Brager of Moorhead, and Monica (Aaron) Schultz of Fergus Falls, MN; five great-grandchildren, Sierra and Denny Matranga, and Victoria, Katrina, and Kamilla Yuen; a brother, Edgar Johnson of Corte Madera, CA; his loving companion, Betty Juve of Crookston, MN, her children, Leann, David, and Becky, and their families; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Besides his wife, Yvonne, Kenneth was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Nicholas Albano Sr., who passed away on March 7, 2008; his parents, Abner and Emma; a sister, Esther Ray; and two brothers, Clifford and Herman Johnson.
A memorial service for Kenneth R. Johnson will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, November 15, 2008, in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with the Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour before the service and Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Interment will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Yvonne Arlene Behl Johnson (1922 - 2006)*
Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Plot: Section 26, Site 204
Created by: DaveVang
Record added: Nov 17, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31487821