David Johnson

Aug. 22, 1950 – Jan. 5, 2019

David Johnson, 68,

Minot formerly of

Manfred, ND died Satur-

day, January 5, 2019 in

Bismarck of natural


Services will be held at

2 p.m. on Friday, January

11, 2019 at Hertz Funeral

Home, Harvey, ND. Visi-

tation will be held for one

hour prior to the funeral

service at the funeral

home. Burial will be in

the spring at Vang Luth-

eran Cemetery, Manfred,


David Allen Johnson

was born on August 22,

1950 in Harvey, ND to

Leslie and Olga (Opsal)

Johnson. David attended

Manfred Grade School;

Special Education in

Drake and in Harvey and

graduated with a high

school diploma from

Minot High School,

Minot. David worked for

the Minot Vocational

Workshop and was

trained as a custodian and

in shoe care. David was

employed as a janitor for

Main Medical in Minot

and had a shoe shine

stand at Arrowhead Mall

also in Minot. David mar-

ried Peggy Brennan on

August 22, 1991. They

were married ten years.

Peggy passed away in

April 2001. David married

Frances Sillitti on Sep-

tember 24, 2004. Frances

passed away in February


Throughout the years,

David was active in the

rights and accessibility for

people with mental and

physical disabilities; legis-

lation for smoke free en-

vironments; and volunteer

work. David was always

ready with a hand for

those in need. He received

numerous awards and

recognition for his advo-

cacy work and volunteer-


Those who knew David

will remember his bright

smile, his firm convic-

tions, his wisdom, his op-

timism, and his deep faith

in God. “Never give up,

never give in and never

quit!” “Take one day at a

time, one hour at a time

and one moment at a

time.” Those who knew

David well, used him as

an example of how to live.

Many would try to teach

him, only to realize they

were the ones to learn

from him.

David is survived by

his five siblings, Larry

Johnson (Rosa Jones)

Modesto, CA; Laverne

Johnson (Gwyn Herman)

Bismarck, ND; James O.

Johnson (Shirley Francis

Johnson), Harvey, ND; his

twin sister Dianne Aull

(Mark Swartz), Bismarck,

ND; and Marilyn Sjaastad,

Bismarck; three nephews,

five nieces, two great-

nephews, four great-

nieces and another great-

niece on the way. Share

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