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Obituary: Kenneth A. Johnson

Kenneth A. Johnson, 76, of Kettle River passed away at his home Nov. 10, 2022. The family is thankful for the devoted and compassionate care of almost five years provided by Stephanie and Denise at Mercy Home Care, Heather and the Ecumen Hospice team, and the notable presence and care of his wife Nancy Johnson.

Ken was born Dec. 12, 1945, in Moose Lake to Emil and Gladys Johnson. He grew up on the family farm in Kettle River and graduated from Moose Lake High School in 1963. Prior to marrying Nancy Laine on June 24, 1967, Ken began schooling and apprenticeships in the electrical field, progressing to master electrician certification.

Ken worked at industrial sites throughout the Twin Cities area before moving back to the family farm to operate his own business, Johnson Electric Service, for 13 years.

He continued membership in and working for IBEW Local 242, retiring in 2004.

Ken farmed through the years in Split Rock Township and enjoyed his love of John Deere tractors, along with hunting, fishing, karaoke, gun shows and auctions.

He served on the boards of the Moose Lake Co-op, Split Rock Township, and the Kettle River locker plant. Ken was a proud lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents Emil and Gladys Johnson; brother Robert Johnson; and sisters Lois Skellinger and Loretta Raiha.

He is survived by his wife Nancy; sons Kenny (Chris) Johnson and Cory Johnson; grandchildren Cheyanne Johnson and Cody Johnson; brother-in-law John Raiha; and many nieces and nephews.

A private family graveside service will be held at Nordland Cemetery in Sturgeon Lake. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home in Moose Lake.

Pine Knot News, Nov. 18, 2022