Services for Roger Johnson

Roger Johnson, age 84, of Erskine, MN, passed away on Wednesday, January 8th, at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 27th, at the Thriving Life Church, rural Erskine, with Pastor Jim Binder officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, rural Erskine, at a later date. Family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service on that Monday at the church. Memorials given in remembrance of Roger will be donated to area charitable groups. Arrangements with Carlin Family Funeral Service of Erskine and messages of condolence may be sent at

Roger Lyle Johnson was born on May 14, 1935 in Knute Township, rural Erskine, Minnesota to parents Clifford and Lorene Heideman Johnson. He was baptized at Dovre Lutheran Church in Winger, Minnesota and later confirmed at Gosen Lutheran Church, rural Erskine, Minnesota. He attended country school and later graduated from McIntosh High School in 1953. At an early age, Roger began working with his parents on the farm.

On June 16, 1955, Roger was united in marriage to Marlene Lindblad. They lived in Erskine where they raised their family. Roger worked briefly for the Erskine Creamery. In 1966, he began working at the Erskine School as janitor. Later he became bus driver for the same school district. In 2012, Roger suffered a stroke which left him unable to continue his work at the school. He retired in 2013.

Roger enjoyed being outside. His yard was a piece of art and he took pride in the appearance of his home and yard. Anytime he could get his hands in the dirt, he was a happy man. Watching his grandkids play sports was a good time for him, as well as watching old drama series on TV.

Roger passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine at the age of 84 years.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene of Erskine; children, Randy (Michelle) of Erskine; Kim (Paul) Mahlen of Erskine; Denice (Allen) St. Michel of Jamestown, ND; and Mikki, of Erskine; 13 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren; sister, Janet Hamre of Erskine; brothers, Sharol (Sharon) and Vern (Patti), all of Erskine; and daughter-in-law, Kathy Paquin of Crookston. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Scot; an infant sister; and brother-in-law, Bennett Hamre.

Thank you sincerely for sharing our sorrow. Your kindness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered by our family. 


Richards Publishing

P.O. Box 159
239 2nd Ave
Gonvick, MN 56644
Telephone: (218) 487-5225

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