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James Johnson

Service: Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault
  Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
Visitation: The Boldt Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.
  and at the church on Thursday for one hour prior to the service.

James F. Johnson, age 68 of Warsaw, died on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at his home.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault with the Reverend Dr. Armand J. Boehme, officiating. Interment will be at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault with military rites provided by Rice County Central Veterans Association.

Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. and also at the church for one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

James Frederick Johnson, the son of Frederick and Blanche (Addison) Johnson was born on August 16, 1944 in Tracy. He graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1963. He married Sandra Lorenz on September 30, 1967 in Walnut Grove. They renewed their vows in 2012. Jim was formerly employed by farmers in the Walnut Grove area, as a mechanic in St. Charles and retired as a civil servant and Army Reservist for the 417 Army Reserve Maintenance Company, Faribault. Jim was a liver transplant recipient six years ago. He loved people, collecting John Deere tractors and driving bus for Faribault Transportation. He also loved camping, gardening and ice fishing. Jim was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he served as a worship assistant and usher.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy; three children, Jay (and Colleen) Johnson of Faribault, Jamie (and Kathy) Johnson of St. Paul Park and Janell Johnson (and best friend, Justin Johnson) of Madison; five grandchildren, Emma, Sam, Caitlyn, Timothy and Marissa Johnson; two siblings, Janet (and Robert) Cyr of Tracy and John (and Won) Johnson of Sierra Vista, AZ; his mother-in-law, Shirley Lorenz of Walnut Grove; and a special sister-in-law Dianna Meld of Anoka; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Name: Kenneth Wycoff
Email: kennethwycoff@gmail.com
Date: Wednesday May 01, 2013


Jim or as I referred to as Buster was such a nice man. I can remember spending time with him and his brother JJ telling stories and laughing a lot. My deepest sympathy goes to his family and please know that he is surely in a better place. Sincerely, Ken Wycoff

Name: Jay Johnson
Email: jayjohnson149@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday May 01, 2013


My earliest memory of my dad...when we lived in Kenyon, dad would come home from work and my brother and I would beg him to kick our Mickey Mouse ball. He would be tired from work, but he would stop and kick it for us. That ball would fly straight up level to the tops of the pine trees in the yard, but to us that ball looked like it was in the clouds. I remember thinking my dad was a superhero. Listening to all the stories I've been hearing from all the lives he touched, maybe in a way he was. His superpower was remembering everyone he met and when and where he met them. I've inherited a good long term memory, but nothing like my dad's.(I also inherited his love for fishing, camping, gardening, a little bit of his gift for gab, and not to mention his boyishly good looks.) Love you dad, you definitely will be missed by all of us.

Name: Jack & Jackie Luedke
Email: jjprn@bevcomm.net
Date: Tuesday April 30, 2013


Sandy and Family: Jackie and I are in California now and will not be home until mid-May. We have heard about the passing of Jim and want to send our sincere sympathy and prayers to you Sandy and to the kids and grandkids. Jack & Jackie Luedke

Name: Caitlyn Johnson
Email: caityisclumsy@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday April 30, 2013


Hello everyone, I'm Jim's second oldest grandchild. I just wanted to give my respects and sympathy to everyone he knew. My grandfather talked to anyone and everyone, as I'm sure you all were aware. Every place we left, whether it was a camping spot or a restaurant, we'd leave knowing at least 3 more folks and quite a few of their stories. That's a trait not common to have in this world, to be so friendly and eager to meet knew people. What amazes me even more about my grandpa is that he remembered everyone and their stories. Being a military child I had little time to spend with my grandpa though whenever we came to visit we wasted no time camping, fishing, etc,. He has taught me a lot of things that have come in handy in my life ..even though I still can't flip a pancake (I promise I'll practice grandpa!). I loved the little jokes he'd tell me and his signature wink when he was up to no good. One thing I'm truly grateful for is that he got to see me grow up but I wish I could sit in his lap one last time with my meebee (blanket) and memem (pacifier) and cuddle watching TV. Thank you for being a great grandfather, I really miss and love you. You'll be in my heart always. ~Caitlyn

Name: sheri heyda
Email: mikeandsherih@aol.com
Date: Tuesday April 30, 2013


wow!mike and I were just saying how we haven't seen jim walking lately, so sad to hear. Sandy,call me if you need anything.Our prayers are with you all. I'm sure Jim is looking down on you all and smiling,proud of the wonderful family he has.

Name: Joey Fierst
Email: Joe.fierst@cengage.com
Date: Monday April 29, 2013


It is with great sadness that I won't be able to attend the memorial for such a great man. Jim was a wonderful part of my life growing up in Warsaw. He was one of my father's best friend and a great friend to all. I will always have wonderful memories of camping, fishing, cards and laughter. Jim and his family will always have a special place in my heart. My thoughts will be with you all. Heaven has gotten exponentially better!