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Born: December 6, 1934

Death: January 23, 2013

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Wayne Gordon Johnson

December 6, 1934 - January 23, 2013

Wayne Johnson, 78, Minot, ND, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.

Wayne Gordon Johnson was born December 6, 1934, the son of Winfred and Olga (Opdahl) Johnson, in Westhope, ND. He was raised and educated in Newburg, graduating from Newburg High School in 1954.

Wayne was drafted in the United States Army on June 10, 1954, and was honorably discharged May 29, 1956.

Wayne married Lorayne Skinn in 1968 in Bottineau, ND. They made their home in rural Newburg, where he worked for Oil Field Services for several years. He later worked for Amerada Hess Corporation as a lease operator until retiring in 1994. Lorayne passed away December 5, 1990.

He was a former member of Dovre Lutheran Church in Newburg and the Russell American Legion.

Surviving family includes: brothers, Glen Johnson, and Merton (Linda) Johnson, both of Minot; sisters, Violet (Donnie) Seiffert, Westhope, ND, and Judy Ballantyne, Minot; sister-in-law, Frances Johnson, Downey, CA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Lorayne; parents; and brother, Clarence.

Funeral: Monday, January 28, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.

Interment: Dovre Lutheran Cemetery, Newburg, ND, in the spring of 2013.

Visitation: Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.


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