Roy Johnson, 68, Minot, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in a Minot hospital.
Roy was born July 6, 1944, in Kenmare, to Frederic "Art" and Ardis (Rowe) Johnson. Following his father's World War II service, his family moved to Fargo, where he was raised and educated.
Roy was drafted into the Navy on May 27, 1963. He served his country aboard the USS Enterprise and USS George W. Carver during the Vietnam War until his transfer to the Navy Reserve on June 24, 1970, continuing his service for a number of years. He was awarded the Vietnam Service and National Defense Service Medals for his honorable service.
Roy was once married to Linda Peterson. This union was blessed with two children.
Roy returned to North Dakota following his military service, settling in Minot, where he began work for the Civil Service for the Air National Guard, retiring in 2001 as the heating and air conditioning shop foreman.
His true passion in life was working with newcomers in the 12 step recovery program. He had a huge impact on the lives of many people. Roy's work resulted in many friendships that span the entire country.
He was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church of Minot and St. George's Episcopal Church in Bismarck. He also held memberships in the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited and locally with the VFW and American Legion.
He will be missed by all who shared in his life, but will now join his parents and latest true love, Ralph "Fetch em' up."
His surviving family includes: children, Travers Johnson, Mission, Kan., and Delahna Johnson, Farmington, Minn.; and many friends from Minot and around the country.
Celebration of Roy's Life: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at 1 p.m., in All Saints Episcopal Church, Minot.
Interment: Donnybrook Cemetery, Donnybrook.
Visitation: Friday, Oct. 12, from 2 to 7 p.m., at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Memorials are preferred to All Saints Episcopal Church or to Ducks Unlimited.
Those wanting to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).