Arvid Robert Johnson, 86, formerly of Hayfield
Arvid Robert Johnson, 86, of Rochester, and formerly of Hayfield, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 16, 2018. He was surrounded by his loving wife and family.
Arvid was born in Hayfield on April 20, 1932. He was the third of three children born to Alfred and Geneva (Spiten) Johnson. Arvid married Norma Lee on Aug. 30, 1950. They lived and farmed in Hayfield until 1964. From there they moved to Rochester where they raised their nine children.
Arvid was employed by Marigold Foods for 25 years. After retirement in 1988, the farm roots called them back to rural Hayfield to an 80-acre hobby farm. If he wasn’t in the fields, you could find Arvid in his shop where throughout a 25-year span he restored and collected antique tractors. His favorite being John Deere. He enjoyed taking the tractors to an annual threshing event and also to many parades.
Arvid enjoyed visiting with his family and friends, he loved telling jokes and playing cards. He was a good Norwegian man who kept his heritage alive with an annual Lutefisk dinner with his family. Arvid was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed.
Arvid is survived by his wife of 67 years, Norma Johnson, Rochester; eight children, Daniel (Gail) Johnson, Pine River; Susan (Steven) Laack, Cherry Grove; Randy (Kathy) Johnson, Kasson; Ricky (Tammy) Johnson, Rochester; Linda Johnson, Rochester; Jeff (Virginia) Johnson, West Concord; Brad Johnson, Rochester; Tammy (Ray) Ellison, Rochester; 26 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.
Arvid is preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Ruby and Delores, two sons, Duane and Leslie, and a grandson, Cory. The Memorial Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 26, 2018, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 810 3rd Avenue SE in Rochester with Rev. Norman Wahl officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.
Blessed be his memory.
Czaplewski Funeral Home handled the arrangements. www.czaplewskifuneralhomes. com