Nov. 13, 1955-Aug. 6, 2013
Douglas Lee Johnson, 57, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at his lake home, surrounded by his family and under care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Funeral Services for Doug will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 in First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes. Officiating will be Reverend Wade Dutton.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, with a 7 p.m. prayer service. at David Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes. Visitation will also continue one hour prior to services on Friday.
Douglas Lee Johnson was born to Donald E. and Carol E. (Omundson) Johnson on November 13, 1955 in Detroit Lakes. He was raised and educated in Detroit Lakes, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1974.
On August 16, 1975, Doug was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Vikki Jo Johnson, in Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes.
After school, Doug worked on the family farm and at Surge, installing dairy equipment. In 1981, Doug and Vikki Jo began managing a dairy farm in Perham, for an investment group. They operated the farm for five years before moving to Dent, to manage another dairy farm.
In 1989, they purchased a home on Lake Eunice, near Detroit Lakes, and continued in the dairy business until 1994.
It was at this time Doug started a business doing home construction. An accomplished wood worker, Doug completed many beautiful pieces of furniture that his family will enjoy for years and years to come.
If Doug thought of an idea, he would accomplish it. He had a remarkable gift for conversation. He enjoyed visiting with anyone, anywhere.
Doug loved to hunt, and had a passion for pheasant hunting. He enjoyed listening to music, especially Merle Haggard. He led by example and instilled in his children hard work and love for family.
Doug was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who adored his grandchildren. His shared wisdom and sense of humor will be remembered and missed.
Surviving Doug are his wife Vikki Jo, of Detroit Lakes; his children, Marshall Lee Johnson (Lisa Haugen) of Lake Park, Jesse (Lacey) Johnson of Audubon, Casey Johnson of Detroit Lakes and Karli (Beau) Kirkwood of Lake Park.
He is also survived by his nine grandchildren; mother, Carol Johnson of Detroit Lakes; his siblings, Stephen "Doc" Johnson of Detroit Lakes, JuliAnne (Nathan) Skrove of Northfield, James "Jimmy" Johnson of Detroit Lakes, Dan "Scruff" (Michelle) Johnson of Detroit Lakes and Jeanne Johnson Bowden (Nevin Tergesen) of Geneseo, N.D.; along with many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his father, Donald E. Johnson; father- and mother-in-law, Harold "Smokey" and Doris Johnson; and sister-in-law, Nancy Disse.
David Donehower Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.