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Arthur Harold Johnson

Arthur Harold Johnson, 69, of Bass Lake in Gilbert died peacefully on Thursday, March 1, 2007, surrounded by his loving family at the home of his children and grandchildren in Cloquet. He was born Jan. 24, 1938, in Virginia, Minn., to Syme (Nelso...

Arthur Harold Johnson, 69, of Bass Lake in Gilbert died peacefully on Thursday, March 1, 2007, surrounded by his loving family at the home of his children and grandchildren in Cloquet. He was born Jan. 24, 1938, in Virginia, Minn., to Syme (Nelson) and Arthur Johnson Sr. He graduated from Virginia Roosevelt High School in 1956. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1957 until 1959, being stationed in Okinawa, Japan, for his tour of duty after completing basic training in Camp Pendleton in California. He graduated from Mesabi Community College at the age of 39, receiving an Associate of Arts degree. He worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation for 22 years, and served as a superintendent surveyor for Ulland Brothers Inc. for 18 years, retiring in 1997. He married Carol Anttila on May 28, 1960, and in 2006 they celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. They made their home and raised their family in Virginia, until Art's retirement.

Art was a member of Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church in Virginia and served as a Eucharistic minister. He and Carol were volunteers for Meals on Wheels, and Art was also a member of the Engineers Club of Northern MN. He loved fishing on Lake Vermilion and navigating his pontoon boat on Bass Lake. He and his dog, Sam, had a great time walking, retrieving, swimming and riding on the pontoon and in the truck. Art was a Jack-of-all-trades and enjoyed working with his hands, whether it was carpentry, woodworking projects in his garage, or using his chain saw. He cherished moments spent with his wife, children and five grandchildren. He treasured time spent golfing, tubing, working in the yard, four-wheeling, playing games, and making wooden birdhouses with his grandchildren. He enjoyed golfing with his buddies and his brother along with cheering on the Minnesota Vikings. Art was a man with a deep, quiet soul who worked for what his family needed. His daily life revealed tremendous dignity, courage, strength, integrity and faith even after being diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiform brain tumor on Aug. 21, 2005.

Art was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Sr. and Syme Johnson; his father-in-law, Eric Anttila; and his brother-in-law, Earl J. Anttila.

Art's legacy of love continues through the lives of his devoted wife, Carol; his grateful children, Rondi and Greg Frosig of Cloquet and Gayle and Loren Monteon of Blaine; his loving grandchildren, Rebecca Frosig, Austin Frosig, John Frosig, Britney Monteon and Nolan Monteon; and his loyal companion, a golden retriever named Sam. He is also survived by his brother, Robert (Reva Tegtmeier) Johnson of Glendale, Ariz.; his nephew, Brian (Pamela) Johnson of Cave Creek, Ariz.; his niece, Kyra (Ryan) Linder of Gilbert, Ariz.; and his mother-in-law, Josie Ringgenberg of Mt. Iron, Minn.

Visitation was held Tuesday, March 6, from 1 p.m. until the 2:30 p.m. funeral service at Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church. Art's funeral was officiated by Pastor Nathan Sager. Private inurnment took place.

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The family has entrusted the Bauman-Cron Funeral Home to assist them with arrangements. To leave a remembrance of Art online, see www.baumanfuneralhomes.com .

March 7, 2007

  • Cloquet, Minn.
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