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Thomas Johnson

Thomas Johnson

Nov. 17, 1936-April 11, 2014

Thomas P. Johnson, 77, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at his home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 15 in St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church, County Highway 20, rural Detroit Lakes, with Reverends John Lee and Robert LaPlante officiating. Interment is in Augustana Lutheran Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes.

Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, continuing for one hour prior to Tuesday's services at the church.

Thomas Peter Johnson was born to Leonard and Vernice (Thompson) Johnson on November 17, 1936 in Nome, N.D. He moved with his family to Detroit Lakes in 1946 and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1954.

Tom was united in marriage to Darlene Kohler in December 1955 in Detroit Lakes. They later divorced. He was united in marriage to Mary Sundt Kunz December 30, 1983 in Detroit Lakes.

During his working life, Tom farmed and delivered propane for Skelgas and for Ferrellgas. He also operated Tom Johnson Black Dirt and Gravel Company and was a long time bait dealer in the area.

Following his retirement in 1999, he made plant hangers, planters and a number of lawn decorations out of old propane tanks.

Survivors include his wife Mary, of Detroit Lakes; two sons and two daughters, Danny (Carol) of Audubon, Brian of Erhard, Christy Johnson of Detroit Lakes and Brenda Jo Christianson of Pelican Rapids; four stepdaughters, Christine (Don Parker) Krajsa of Elk River, Joan Kunz of Detroit Lakes, Patricia Bloomquist of Cambridge, and Catherine (Tom) Lesewski of Minnetonka; 17 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; three brothers, Bob (Dianne) of Detroit Lakes, Gary (Donna) of Inver Grove Heights and Paul (Jan) of Bondurant, Iowa.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Leonard; a sister, Violet Fairbanks; and a sister-in-law, Carol Johnson.