Roy Johnson

 Roy was born July 6, 1944 in Kenmare, ND to Frederic ‘Art’ and Ardis (Rowe) Johnson.  Following his father’s World War II service, his family moved to Fargo, ND, where he would be raised and educated.

 Roy was drafted into the US Navy on May 27, 1963.  He served his country aboard the USS Enterprise and USS George W. Carver during the Vietnam War until his transfer to the Navy Reserves on June 24, 1970, continuing his service for a number of years.  He was awarded the Vietnam Service and National Defense Service Medals for his honorable service.

 Roy was once married to Linda Peterson.  This union was blessed with two children.

 Roy returned to North Dakota following his military service settling to Minot where he began work for the Civil Service for the Air National Guard retiring in 2001 as the heating and air conditioning shop foreman.

 His true passion in life was working with newcomers in the 12 step recovery program.  He had a huge impact on the lives of many people.  Roy’s work resulted in many friendships that span the entire country.

 He was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church of Minot and St. George’s Episcopal Church in Bismarck, ND.  He also held memberships to the NRA, Ducks Unlimited and locally with the VFW and American Legion.

 He will be missed by all who shared in his life, but will now join his parents and latest true love, Ralph… “Fetch em’ up.”

 His surviving family includes children, Travers Johnson, Mission, KS and Delahna Johnson, Farmington, MN and many friends from Minot and around the country.

Celebration of Roy’s Life: 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2012 at All Saints Episcopal Church, Minot.
Interment:  Donnybrook Cemetery, Donnybrook, ND
Visitation:  Friday, October 12, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot, ND. 


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MessageRoy was a good man and mentor to me. We worked together at the Fargo Air National Guard side by side inspecting construction projects. He taught me the ropes with his vast construction knowledge and life experience. Your humor and smile will be missed. Stay straight WAH and you now have Ralph back at your side.
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MessageI will carry the lessons and guidance I received from Roy with me always. Roy is the one who taught me the difference between "helping" and "mettling." I will always be grateful for having had Roy help me work the 12 steps and guide me as I walk through this journey doing my best to trudge the road of happy destiny. R.I.P. Roy--you will always be remembered.
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MessageI met Roy at the Senior's exercise classes and the Aquamotion water aerobics on Put in Bay. Was looking forward to his return this winter. He was interesting to talk to and a very nice guy. He will be missed. Sincere condolences to his friends and family.
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MessageR.I.P. my friend. I will always remember how much you helped me. You made me realize there is more to life than self destruction. I will never forget that and I will remember your words of wisdom "One Day At a Time"
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MessageI was in the Navy Reserves with Roy back in the 70's. Man how time flyies. I enjoyed our times together with conversation and laughter.He will be missed. Fair winds and following seas my friend.
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MessageMy husband and I enjoyed knowing Roy on his trips to Put-in-Bay, OH. He enjoyed coming to the Senior Center and joining us for lunch and dinners. He made us laugh and shared many tales from his life.
Peace be with you Roy.
Our condolences to his family and friends.
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MessageRoy played a great game of cards on wed. night at Tipper's!! He was a wonderful friend. RIP Roy.
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MessageRoy spent two winters on Put in Bay and Mr. Wonderful will be missed and remembered.
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MessageIt saddens me to hear of Roy's passing. I only knew him for a matter of months. He inspired me, in the program, and helped guide me in the Big Book. He helped me find a good sponsor. I will always appreciate him for that. His bark was way worse than his bite. I'll always have fond memories of Roy. Take care Old Man. See you for coffee on the other side.
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MessageWe were blessed when Roy came to Put-in-Bay with his friend George Stoiber! He put a smile on our faces whenever we saw him, never one to complain about his problems. He had great stories of his life and jokes that never got old! He will surely be missed by all of us who were so lucky to meet him. May you all be at peace knowing he was loved and is now resting.
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MessageThanks Roy for a voice to impersonate. I'll never forget your story of "sobering up" in a family of alcoholics meeting in a "chicken suit!" Probably got the story wrong, but I laughed for years over that. You've blessed millions. Believe that!
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MessageRoy was a friend and mentor. We became friends through Roy’s employment at the Air National Guard Technical Services Center. He was a wealth of knowledge regarding facilities and life in general. He always had time for a cup of coffee and conversation. We shared a lot of good times together which I will cherish. When I think of Roy some words that come to mind are, gifted, straight shooter, honest, compassionate, loyal, dependable, reliable, God fearing. I will miss you my friend, until we meet again.
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MessageHello. My name is Tina. I had know Roy since I was 16 went I walked into one of my first meetings. He always treated me as an equal from day one. If I need to be told to "get off my pity pot" he sure did tell me that. When I first met him he scared me with that booming voice he had. I got to grow up with him in my first few yrs. Roy is one of the kindest men I have known. God is blessed to have him and he will continue to look out for all of us down here. I love you Roy.
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MessageThanks for being my good friend through a very rough time. I will miss you.
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MessageI have known Roy since he joined the Naval Reserve in 1970. We made chief together and have shared many experiences and memories. I had his card in my hand a couple of weeks ago, I wish I would have called him. Fairwell old friend, Fair Winds and Following Seas
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MessageRoy's time in the Park Rapids area has provided many memories for me and his special 'family' here. What fun, what deep depth conversations, what yet to be learned! I am glad Roy was in John's life - they will be together now tossing the banter back and forth!
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MessageWith sadness residents of Put-in-Bay, Ohio learned of Roy's death. Over the past two winters he worshiped at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at PIB where we enjoyed his humor and his stories.
We loved his voice on the weeks he read the lessons in church.

Many residents knew him through the Senior Center and our Wednesday evening Euchre games.

We all send our condolences to Roy's friends and family in South Dakota.

"Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting."
(Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, Page 499)

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