Roger “Moose” Johnson, 84, Faribault
Roger A. “Moose” Johnson, age 84 of Faribault, passed away at his home on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 at his home.
Services will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Faribault on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Jeff Sandgren officiating. Interment will be at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault at a later date.
Visitation will be at Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. and also at church for one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
Roger was born on May 10, 1935 in Blooming Prairie to Richard and Nell (Gorvin) Johnson. According to life-long friend, George Myers, Roger earned the nickname Moose in third grade due to the fact he was already so much bigger than everyone else. Roger didn’t stop growing until he reached his full height of 6’5” and continued to be called Moose the rest of his life.
In 1953, Roger graduated from Blooming Prairie High School where he played football, baseball, and basketball. He went on to play football and basketball at Austin Community College and Winona State. Roger was a member of the “1,000 Points Club” before 3 point shots existed and was inducted into the BP Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.
In his younger days, Roger worked at Johnson’s Meat Market, established by his grandparents, and Jorde Building Supplies in Blooming Prairie, and later at Hormel foods in Austin for over 30 years. He served in the Army National Guard from 1957-1963. Roger enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching the Vikings, and everything about nature from bird watching to witnessing the sun rise each morning. He was a member of the Blooming Prairie Gun Club and Ducks Unlimited.
Above all else, Roger loved and enjoyed spending time with his family. In October 1966, Roger married Doreen Kesteloot Sheedy, a widow with three children and together they added another daughter to their family.
In addition to his parents, Roger was predeceased by a brother, a sister, and a daughter-in-law.
He is survived by his spouse, Doreen; children, Pamela (Jack) Duffey of Richfield, Pat Sheedy of Warsaw, Kathryn Anderson of Blooming Prairie, Joan (Michael) Olson of Belle Plaine; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Roger was dearly loved and deeply respected for his humble spirit, and his gentle and kind heart. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the Hospice Team from Allina Health, especially Tom, Kristi, Heidi, Laura, Patty, Carmen, and Irene for their support and care.
Those who wish to remember Roger in a special way may make gifts to the Blooming Prairie Education Foundation, Box 521, Blooming Prairie, MN 55917.
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