Douglas "Bryan" (Popeye) Johnson, 75, Williston, formerly of Lignite, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at the Bethel Home in Williston.
Douglas "Bryan" Johnson was born on Dec. 30, 1936, a son of Edward and Marie (Fordahl) Johnson, in Lignite, where he was reared and educated. After his education, he entered the Army for four years and then entered the Navy for four years, serving in many areas of the world, including being stationed in San Diego and Hawaii. His last job with the military was serving with the military police.
On June 19, 1964, he married Marjorie "Margie" Johnson in Lignite, and they raised three children, Troy, Tracy and Travis. The couple later divorced.
Upon his military discharge, he moved back to North Dakota, where he worked for the grain elevators in Woburn and Niobe, and later managed the grain elevator in Lignite. He later worked for the Baukol-Noonan Coal Mines for about 15 years, until the mines closed, before going to work for Portal Service in Lignite and the Town and Country Bar in Noonan. He also helped out farmers by hauling grain. Sixteen years ago, he was forced to retire because of health problems.
Bryan loved to hunt and fish, especially with his children who learned to love the outdoors from their father. He loved to travel, going to the casinos, the Scandinavian festivals (Norsk Hostfest and others) and Polkafests. It was said that he would travel over 100 miles to attend a Norwegian dinner comprising of lutefisk and meatballs. His Norwegian heritage was very important to him.
Bryan was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lignite.
Those who shared in his life: children, Troy (Dorothy) Johnson and their son, Oakley, Williston; Tracy Johnson, Williston; Travis (Rachel) Johnson and their children, Trystan, Jeremy, Rhys, Kyrian and Kaitlynd, Williston; sisters, Lona (Ed) Griffiths, of Cleveland, Minn., Elaine (Alan) Griffiths, Lake Crystal, Minn., Evelyn (Paul) Johnson, Sutten, Alaska, and JoAnn (Charlie) Jacobson, Oxbow, Saskatchewan; and Joyce Farnsworth, Bismarck. A number of nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Delano, LaVerne and Johnny; and sisters, Sandy Atkins, Lenore Steffen and Darlene Bakken.
Funeral: Will be on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at 2 p.m., at Christ Lutheran Church, Lignite.
Burial: First Lutheran Cemetery, Lignite.
Visitation will be on Saturday from noon to service time at the church.
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(Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot)