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Stephen “Steve” Ray Johnson was born on Ocotber 6, 1953 in Phoenix, Arizona.  His parents were the late Roy Oswald, Jr. and Mayme Colleen (Walker) Johnson.  Steve was baptized on April 23, 1967 at Faith Methodist Church in Lyle, Illinois.  He graduated from the Lyle High School with the class of 1971. He honorably served in the United States Army from 1971 to 1974. 

On February 15, 1975 Steve was united in marriage with Paula Thielhorn at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alpha, Minnesota.  Their marriage was blessed with 2 sons, Jeremy and Nicholas.  Steve graduated from Jackson Vocational College in Jackson, Minnesota for 2 years and graduated with a degree in Construction Electrician.  Together Steve and Paula made their home in Welcome, Minnesota and then resided in St. James, Minnesota for 10 years where Steve was employed with Sam’s Electric and then the City of St. James.

In 1988, Steve and Paula made their home in Wadena, Minnesota.  Steve taught Power Line Construction at the Vocational Technical College, currently known as M-State for 26 years.  He loved teaching and wanted all of his students to succeed as he worked hard to keep the powerline program #1 in the State of Minnesota.  Steve retired in 2014.

Steve was an avid fisherman, he enjoyed spending an afternoon fishing with his family and salmon fishing in Michigan.  He was an accomplished golfer as he got a hole in one in October of 1997.  Whether they golfed at Whitetail Run in Wadena or Blueberry Pines in Menahga, Steve looked forward to Saturday morning golfing with his friends.  He loved muscle cars and recently purchased and was restoring a 1966 Mustang.  Steve loved 4-wheeling activities with his family and grandchildren.

On December 22, 2017 Steve passed away peacefully with his family and the gentle care of Knute Nelson Hospice at his home in Wadena, at 64 years of age.  He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.  Preceding Steve in death were his parents; and brother, Patrick Johnson.

Steve is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Paula Johnson of Wadena; 2 sons: Jeremy (Melissa) Johnson of Centerville; Nicholas (Carrie) Johnson of Pillager;  4 grandchildren: Emily, Kaitlyn, Caleb and Garrett; 3 siblings: Cynthia (James) Cassem of Moreno Valley, California; Roy Johnson III of Albertville; Michael Johnson of Kentucky;  many other relatives and a host of friends.

Military Honors by Elmer Goche Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3922 of Wadena, Minnesota.


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Visitation

Saturday

30

Dec

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
St. John's Lutheran Church ~ Wadena

710 Franklin Avenue SW
Wadena, MN 56482

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Saturday

30

Dec

2:00 PM
St. John's Lutheran Church ~ Wadena

710 Franklin Avenue SW
Wadena, MN 56482

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