Adrian JohnsonAdrian Johnson, 99, of Hallock, Minnesota passed away at Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center in Hallock on Tuesday, August 30, 2011.
Adrian Johnson, 99, of Hallock, Minnesota passed away at Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center in Hallock on Tuesday, August 30, 2011.
Adrian was born in South Red River Township of Kittson County, Minnesota on September 8, 1911, the son of William and Esther (Hanson) Johnson. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school. Adrian went on to attend Coyne Electrical School in Chicago.
He worked at Ford Motor Company in Chicago for two years as a paint inspector. On June 18th, 1938 he was united in marriage to Elsie Adeline Louise Peterson at Bethany Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
After returning to the area he took a sales position at Goodman Farm Electric in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Adrian went into business at Hallock opening the Adrian Johnson Electric Company in 1946. In the 1950's he began selling Oliver farm implements with Frank Bryden. He also worked as an electrician at American Crystal Sugar Company in Drayton for seven years. Adrian farmed in Red River Township for over 60 years. He was a lifelong member of Red River Lutheran Church and was a former Sunday School superintendent; was a member of the Kennedy Farmers Elevator for 27 years; served as clerk on the South Red River Township Board since 1976 and a member of the Minnesota Association of Townships Legislative Research Committee.
Family members include his children, Douglas William (Lesley) Johnson, Belmont, CA, Eleanor Adrianne Means, Las Vegas, NV, Dwight Herbert (MaryLou) Johnson, Kennedy, MN and T.J. Louise Lipka, Las Vegas; grandchildren, Kevin (Amy) Walters and children, Owen and Jamie, Belmont, CA, Stacey Ann Johnson (Kevin Chamberlain) Redwood City, CA, Amanda Jean Johnson, San Francisco, CA; Michelle Means Campbell and children Makenzie and Dilan, Las Vegas, NV and Michael Means (Heather) and children, Baylee, Ella and Lincoln, Las Vegas, NV.
Adrian was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elsie who died in 1996; a son-in-law, Ted Lipka; two brothers, Harold and Maurice and a sister, Aurora.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in Red River Lutheran Church, rural Hallock.
Interment will be in Red River Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Austin Funeral Home in Hallock with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.