James Eugene Johnson, age 85, of Crosby, N.D., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at his home.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m., today, Feb. 9, 2012, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Crosby, with Pastor Rob Garton officiating. A second memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at Brocket Lutheran Church in Brocket, N.D., with Pastor Peter Horn officiating. Inurnment with military honors will follow at Hoff Cemetery in rural Brocket.
Jim was born Aug. 7, 1926, on a farm in Nelson County to Harry and Lilla (Rainsberry) Johnson. He married Marilyn McIntyre on June 21, 1959. Most of their married life was spent in Crosby, N.D.
Jim was in the Navy during World War II. He graduated from North Dakota Agriculture College in Fargo in 1952. Following graduation he was employed by the United States Department of Agriculture as a loan officer for the Farmer's Home Administration.
Jim was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, Crosby Moose Lodge, American Legion Post #75, Crosby Country Club, Crosby Senior Citizens and the Crosby Fitness Center. He was also actively involved in various other organizations in the Crosby Community during his lifetime.
Jim loved to hunt, play cards, golf at the Crosby Country Club, shake dice for coffee at the Red Rooster, go to the casino, bowl, watch local sports, drive all over the U.S.A. to spend time with his family/friends, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had visited all 50 states and traveled to Ireland and England.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Peter, Kenneth and Harlan; and his son, Keith.
Jim is survived by: his wife, Marilyn, son, James (Terri) Johnson, daughters, Jonell Hysjulien and Maureen (Kevin) Mullen, Grandchildren, Shantel Johnson, Randi Hysjulien, Jordan Johnson, Clayton Giampaolo, and Rachel Mullen; Great-Grandchildren, Jared, Andrea, McKayla, Angelina, Ariel, Alano, Brayden, and Jayden; sister, Della Sundeen; and several nieces and nephews.
Stakston-Martin Funeral Home of Crosby is in charge of arrangements.