David Roy Johnson, of Park River, ND, died June 18, 2023, at the age of 71 in First Care Health Center in Park River.
David (Davie) was born January 5, 1952, in Park River, to Hilma (Gorder) Johnson and John (“Jack”) M. Johnson. He was baptized at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Park River and grew up with three sisters and four brothers.
Davie attended the Walsh County Agricultural School in Park River and worked for over a decade for Percy Walstad, starting at 14 years old. For most of his life (35 years) he worked for BNSF Railroad, traveling many miles to work at locations across the country, retiring in 2014. Davie enjoyed classic cars and going to RV and car shows with his brothers. Although he wintered many years in Mesa, AZ, he always maintained Park River as his home.
Davie’s closest family members were his sisters and brothers, especially those who lived in Park River. He was a faithful member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran church in Park River, whose parking lot he was instrumental in paving.
Davie is survived by three brothers: Lorn Johnson (Barb) of Dallas, OR, John D. Johnson (Audrey) of Park River, ND, and Roger Johnson (Katie) of Park River. Davie was preceded in death by his parents, Hilma and John M. Johnson; four sisters, Melvina Johnson, Donna Conroy, Jean Brateng, and Judy Troftgruben; and one brother, Duane Johnson.
Davie’s funeral will take place on Thursday, June 22, 2023, at 2:00 PM at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 129 Harris Ave S, in Park River. Visitation will be an hour before the service. Inurnment will be at the Park River Memorial Park Cemetery.
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