Dennis W. Johnson

Dennis W. Johnson, 82, of Dalton, MN, passed away peacefully May 30, 2018, at Prairie Ridge Hospital in Elbow Lake, MN.
Graveside service was 3 p.m. Monday, June 4, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Cemetery of Dalton, Minnesota with Reverend Mark Johnson officiating.
Dennis was born in Leaf Mountain Township in OtterTail County December 14, 1935, the son of Allie and Anna Johnson. He grew up in the Ashby-Melby area and graduated from Evansville High School in 1954. Dennis served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in November 1959.
Dennis and Donna Johnson were married December 28, 1968 and lived in rural Dalton where they raised their family.  They later divorced but remained friends.
Dennis’ main occupation was construction—from build-ings to roads. He also told stories about working on the iron range. Dennis was an avid trapper and it was one of his life passions. He enjoyed going to trapper conventions with his buddies and always talked about the good times they had.
Dennis especially enjoyed his grandkids and great grandkids. He loved to watch the little ones run and play. He also enjoyed when his daughter, Shirley would bring the kids down to the Evansville Care Center to have supper with him Saturdays and play bingo after. He enjoyed visits from Wesley and Lizzy and even more when he would get his hugs from little Lizzy. Once a month on Saturday at the care center, the Country Rose band would play and his daughter, Shirley and sister-in-law, Virginia would go down to listen with him and visit. If they were not able to make it the next day, Shirley was told, “say, Virginia missed the Country Rose band.”
Dennis enjoyed life up until the end. He would talk about how blessed his life had been all these years and told many stories of hunting and fishing as a kid. Dennis had lots of wonderful and interesting stories to tell.
Dennis had a big family and enjoyed the big family get together every year for the Dalton Threshermans show, where he could watch the kids play, and of course, the good food.
Dennis would talk about dreams he would have which he was fishing with his Grandson Tyler and boy did they have fun!
Dennis is survived by one son, Wesley (Renae Odens) Johnson; four daughters, Wanda (Jim) Bergerud, Shir-ley Ryckman, Jennifer Taylor, Amy (Zac Gilliam) Anderson; grandchildren, Kyle (Amy) Ryckman, Curtis (Shelby Lou Swanson) Ryckman, Tyler (Jenny Staring) Ryckman, Lizzy Johnson, Chris Berg-erud, Issac Bergerud, Casey Taylor, Ashten Taylor, Jordan Anderson, Ethan Anderson, Gavin Anderson, Zane Gilliam and Xander Gilliam; step grandchildren, Jesse, Erica and Rachael Bergerud, Carrie Odens and Becky Whal; great-grandchildren, Riley Ryckman, Georgia Claire Ryckman, Kylian Taylor, Atarah Whitten, Avery, Ariyah and Payton Bergerud; step great-grandchildren,  Jay-da and Baylee Staring, Annabella Peasley, Aubree Kershren, Sophie Bergerud, and Daidre Scott; brothers,  Ralph (Bonnie) Johnson, Jerry (Carolyn) Johnson, and Glen Smith; sisters, Donna Monk and Carolyn (Roger) Vacek; sisters-in-law, Dolly Johnson and Virginia Johnson; along with  numerous family and friends.
Dennis is preceded in death by his parents, Allie and Anna Johnson; a son, Jason D. Johnson; ex-wife, Donna Johnson; sons-in-law, Errol Ryckman and Brian Anderson;  brothers, Spencer, Arvid, and Lynwood Johnson; and sisters, Mavis Martin and June Zickur.
Glende-Nilson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Fergus Falls was in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be made online at