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Raymond Johnson

Nov. 10, 1935-April 21, 2011

Raymond L. Johnson, 75, of Lake Park, died Thursday, April 21, 2011 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Fargo.

Visitation and prayer services took place Monday, April 25 in St. Francis Xavier Church, Lake Park.

A mass of Christian burial was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, with Father Robert LaPlante officiating.

Interment was at Holy Rosary Cemetery, Detroit Lakes, with Military Rites provided by the Lake Region Veterans Honor Guard.

Raymond LeRoy Johnson was born to William and Ellen (Horan) Johnson on November 10, 1935 in Lake Park. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and attended Lake Park Public Schools. He served with the Army National Guard and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving 1954-57.

Ray was united in marriage to Margaret Willette on April 14, 1956 in Washington, D.C. They made their home in Detroit Lakes, where Ray was a police officer with the Detroit Lakes Police Department, 1958-66. During that time he also worked as a funeral attendant with the Donehower Funeral Home.

In 1966 they moved to Fargo, where Ray served with the Fargo Police Department, retiring in 1988 with a rank of Detective Sergeant. They then made their home on Bijou Lake in rural Lake Park, and Ray worked for the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, 1995-2011. For the past 10 years, Ray and Margaret had spent their winters in Mission, Texas.

Ray was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, Lake Region Veterans Honor Guard, Cormorant Sportsman's Club and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed time with his grandchildren, playing music as a DJ, hunting, fishing and serving with the veterans honor guard. He will long be remembered for playing with several Fargo area bands and for coordinating the music for numerous benefits in Fargo, the lakes area and in Texas.

Surviving Ray are his wife of 55 years, Margaret of Lake Park; four sons, Daniel (Joseph Blair) of Fargo, Steven (Kim) of Wadena, Keith (Jane) of Moorhead and Brian (Shawn Malmo) of Chanhassen, Minn.; four grandchildren, Heidi Johnson, Molly Johnson, Brooke Umland and Jacob Johnson; and three step-grandchildren, Brittany Umland, Joshua Suckow and Alison (Jared) Haecherl; a brother, Jim (Marlys) of Mahnomen; and a sister-in-law, Yvonne Johnson of Moorhead.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, John William Johnson.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at Memorials are preferred to Hospice of The Red River Valley.