Allen William Johnson was born November 8, 1927 in North Branch Township, MN, the son of Peter and Lydia (Blomberg) Johnson.
He grew up on the family farm near North Branch where he attended school. Following his schooling Allen worked with his father on the farm.
On March 12, 1948 Allen was united in marriage to Ann LaVerne Brown at the home of Ken and Lorraine Roufs in Pine Lake, MN. The couple first moved to Minneapolis and later made their home in Golden Valley. They were blessed with five children.
Allen continued to help his father farm on weekends. In the Twin Cities he began working for the Ford Motor Company before taking a job as a meat cutter at a meat packing plant. Five years later he became a supervisor at the plant. Allen also worked with his brother, Paul, building homes. Eventually Allen teamed up with Donald Bobleter and started Don-Al Builders, a general contracting firm that built many homes in the Twin Cities.
Allen and Ann LaVerne maintained a summer home on Lake Mary near Alexandria, MN. In 1978 they made it their full time residence. After moving to the Alexandria area Allen continued to do carpentry work.
Allen had a strong sense of community and volunteerism. He served on the Lake Mary Town board for twenty years. He also served on the Douglas County Planning Commission. Allen was always careful to be fair and square when working with community issues. Allen and his wife spent many hours visiting with the elderly and shut-ins from First Lutheran Church. Allen served on the board at Knute Nelson and was a longtime member of the Golden K's.
Allen also served his church however he was able; through sharing his carpentry and building skills, ushering at services or participating in church events. Allen's faith was his greatest strength. He loved attending church and sharing his faith with others. Allen has taken great care to nurture this same faith within his own children's lives.
Allen was an outdoorsman. His work was often done outdoors and he loved outdoor fun. Allen enjoyed fishing in the summer and winter. He liked to go on fishing trips with family and friends to northern Minnesota and Canada. Camping trips with the family were special. He liked to hunt deer, pheasant, and waterfowl. He shared his love of hunting, fishing and the outdoors with his children and his grandchildren. Allen also kept a very large garden and enjoyed growing produce. He also had many apple trees. Allen produced much more than he and Ann LaVerne could ever use. Due to his generous nature, much of his produce was given to family, neighbors, friends and those in need. Allen also enjoyed league bowling for many years in the Twin Cities as well as Alexandria.
On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Allen died at the age of ninety years. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ann LaVerne; brother, Paul Johnson; and sisters, Mardell Larson and Serona Bergstrom. Allen is survived by his children, Steven Johnson and wife, Janice, Russell Johnson and wife, Mary, Janet Budde and husband, Alcuin, James Johnson and wife, Marilyn, and JoAnne Fagerstrom and husband, Thomas; grandchildren, Erica Brookshire, Gregory Johnson, Brent Johnson, Nathan Budde, Anna Grand, Lydia Carter, Melissa Mensen, Laura Johnson, Lea Borders and Erik Fagerstrom; great grandchildren, Aidan Johnson, Zachary Johnson, Paige Budde, Peyton Budde, Kylee Boman, Ethan Boman, Blake Carter, Beckett Grand, Emilia Grand, William Mensen, and Riley Brookshire.
A funeral service will be held at 3 PM Friday, March 16, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Reverend Ben Jacobson will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.