Gayle Owen Johnson, 67, Minot, died Saturday, July 5, 2014, while on vacation in Montana.
Gayle was born Oct. 13, 1946, in Williston, a son of Carl and Theola Johnson.
For the past 41 years, Gayle had been a dedicated employee and friend at I. Keating Furniture World in Minot, able to announce the exact number of years and days he was there. His dedication, loyalty and friendship should be the standard for every work environment. Gayle would often say, "I don't know what this place would do without me!" Unfortunately, we will now have to find out. Gayle loved to eat and enjoyed many holiday meals with his friends at I. Keatings and meals at the Golden Corral. He took great pride in his job of taking and getting the mail at the Second Story Social Club in Minot and greatly enjoyed his companionship with so many at the Second Story, especially Alayne, Greg and Dot.
Gayle loved the "western lifestyle," often seen in his cowboy hat and western shirt. He loved bullriding and travelling, especially to Medora for the classic car show, and to Tioga and Washington to visit family. Gayle had many diverse interests, including flea markets and gun shows and putting together miniature model cars. He loved all kinds of aircraft, especially military aircraft, and thoroughly enjoyed air shows as well as going to Minot Air Force Base for Northern Neighbors Day. He enjoyed old western movies and anything about World War I and World War II. His 15 minutes of fame came doing the weather with Tom Schrader. He also enjoyed his yearly presentation to the class at Minot State University about his life at the Grafton State School. He had an unbelievable memory, able to remember dates, exactly what happened, the day of the week and what the weather was like.
Gayle loved being independent and all that went with it. One of his greatest successes was getting his driver's license and driving his car, which he kept in perfect condition. He would often take a Sunday drive for lunch.
Gayle is survived by: his sister, Christine (Jim) Smith, of Kennewick, Wash.; brothers, Carl (Janet) Johnson, of Moses Lake, Wash., Laverne (Kathy) Johnson, of Great Falls, Mont., Harlan (Lois) Johnson, of Tioga, and John Olson, of Kennewick, as well numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his friends at the Second Story Social Club of Minot, his friends at I. Keating Furniture and his many friends of downtown Minot.
Funeral: Friends and family will remember and celebrate Gayle's life at a funeral service on Friday, July 11, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Minot.
Visitation: A public visitation will be held at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, on Thursday, July 10, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Burial: will be at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
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