Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home It's all about saying goodbye. Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Kenneth Eugene Johnson
September 11, 1937 - August 31, 2021

Place of Birth: McKenzie County, North Dakota
Residence: Williston, North Dakota
Age: 84

Kenneth "Kenny" Eugene Johnson was born on September 11, 1937, in Watford City, ND. He passed away peacefully on August 31, 2021, at Bethel Lutheran Home in Williston, ND. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Williston is assisting the family.

Kenny was born to Alfred and Marie (Mandal) Johnson in Watford City. He was raised on the family farm and educated at the Arnegard School, graduating in 1956. He and his 13 brothers and sisters worked on the family farm from a young age as well as helping neighbors with their crops.

Kenny enlisted in the Army in July 1963 in California. He spent most of his time in the military overseas in Germany which he loved. He was rated as a sharp shooter with an M-14, and was a driver and a mechanic. He spent a lot of time driving his superiors around which he really enjoyed. He was honorably discharged in November 1966.

Kenny worked at Dube's Transfer hauling furniture all over the country, and also worked at Getter Trucking. He spent the next 30 plus years working for the Lippert family at GL Trucking & Rental as the general manager and dispatcher. It was well known that Kenny knew where every location was, and knew every highway, gravel road or cattle trail within a hundred miles in any direction. If one of his drivers got lost, he could give them directions to get where they were going.

Kenny met Coleen Lund in 1964 at the State Line Club during a rodeo. They loved to go out dancing and were often complimented by other couples at how good they were together. They were united in marriage on May 21, 1966 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Newtown, ND. From this union, two children were born: Shelli and Eldon. They bought their first home in 1970 which was located on 13th Avenue West in Williston. In 1977 they purchased their dream property and have lived there happily ever since. Through the years they planted huge gardens which produced lots of vegetables including pumpkins, which Coleen and the kids would sell by the side of the road.

When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, in his early years. What he came to enjoy most was taking care of their huge yard, which became a favorite pastime for both of them. Kenny was also very handy and could build or fix just about anything. When many people are asked what comes to mind when they think of Kenny, it is his infectious, boyish laugh and quick-to-smile demeanor that they remember. He always had words of encouragement, when they were needed, as well as a swift kick in the rear end, also when needed.

In 1988, Kenny and Coleen's first grandchild, Zak, was born. It was then that he found his new calling in life: being a grandpa! In all, Kenny and Coleen had 7 grandchildren: Zak, Kenzie, Jacob, Jackson, Kailee, Isaac and Clara. When they were little Kenny liked to call them his "hired man" or "hired hand" and took them on adventure rides in his beloved Chevy pickup. He also loved to feed them their bottles when they were babies, and even tried changing a few diapers, which could be a difficult, and sometimes messy, endeavor for him. At least he tried!

Kenny was blessed to have a very large and loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Marie Johnson; step-father, William Albrightson; mother and father-in-law, Martin and Clara Lund; brothers, Arnold Johnson, Alden Johnson, Phillip Johnson, Einar (Rick) Johnson, Ronald Johnson, Billy Albrightson, and Keith Albrightson; sisters, Sonja Haugen, Delores Johnson and Betty Grove.

He is survived by his wife, Coleen; daughter, Shelli (Dwight) Patch, all of Williston; son, Eldon (Amy) Johnson of Oxbow, ND; sister, Mary (Pat) Falcon of SD; brothers, Mervin (Claudette) Johnson of SD, and Steven (Dustee) Albrightson of Williston; sister-in-law, Coreen (Richard) Beard of Williston; brothers-in-law, Donny Lund of Watford City, ND; Noral Haugen of Arnegard, ND; seven grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

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Mitchel Johnson Bolin (Billings, Montana)
Sep 1, 2021
Rest in peace Uncle Ken. I will always remember your kindness, thoughtfulness, and our phone calls. You were always greatly loved and are already greatly missed.
Susan Jorgenson (Williston, ND)
Sep 1, 2021
Sympathy to you all. Enjoyed visits a few years ago. Sure like that smile and connecting people we knew. The North Dakota game, we call it, do you know this person, yes, how do you know him or her. Memories surround of you each with peace.
Janel Lorentz (McGregor , ND)
Sep 1, 2021
Coleen, Shelli & Eldon & families....I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember him making us kids laugh & what a great uncle he was. My love & hugs to you all!
Jeanne Smith Knudsvig , Bonnie Smith
Sep 1, 2021
Johnson Family
Our prayers & thoughts are with all of you sending prayers!
Sincere sympathy
Jeanne & Bonnie Smith
Marcy Hilleren
Sep 2, 2021
Coleen, Eldon, Shelli, and families I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you find peace and comfort in all the memories of Kenny and in the legacy of love he left in all of you. Hugs to you all.
Margaret Renbarger
Sep 2, 2021
Coleen, Eldon, and Shelli, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May the memories you hold dear comfort you now and in the days to come. Gods blessing to all of you.
Glenn & Joyce Wright (Arnegard, ND)
Sep 2, 2021
Coleen & family - so sorry for your loss. We, too, will be praying God blesses you with a peace & comfort that only He can provide.
Iola Brown (Alexandria, MN)
Sep 2, 2021
Coleen and family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Hugs.
Brian and Becky Clouse (Williston, ND)
Sep 3, 2021
So sorry about the loss of Kenny. He was definetly one of Brian's favorite people to work with and we loved visiting with him. Hugs and prayers.
Marla Knutson (Williston, Nd)
Sep 4, 2021

Coleen- My thoughts and prayers with each of you. I took care of Ken while I worked at Bethel. He sure kept us busy.

Dennis & Donnette Bjerkhoel (Missoula , MT)
Sep 5, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Kathy Wright Drovdal (Bismarck, ND)
Sep 6, 2021
Coleen and family, so sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. I will always remember his beautiful smile and fun l had visiting with him at family gatherings. Hugs, RIP cousin Kenny.
Clint Hosford (Grand Forks, ND)
Sep 10, 2021
Coleen, Shelli, Eldon and families...
My sincere sympathies for your loss. Kenny was warm, kind, and had a wonderful sense of humor. Strong traits that run in your family!
Maureen Laqua (Williston, ND)
Sep 10, 2021
Deepest sympathy to Kenny’s family. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Eldon, so sorry I wasn't aware of your father’s passing when I saw you on Thursday. I would have given you an extra hug. Cherish the memories.
Jerald and Janice Leiseth (Arnegard, ND)
Sep 10, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. Jerald always enjoyed visiting with him when he would run into him in Williston.
Sharon Njos (Bismarck , ND)
Sep 10, 2021
Eldon and family, So very sorry for the loss of this beautiful man. Losing a parent is so very painful. But, I do know you will “Meet him down the Road”. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Clint Pam Rasmussen (West targo, ND)
Sep 11, 2021
Eldon an entire family,
We would like to send you our condolences on the loss of your father. Treasure those memories forever.
Judy Hogue (Williston , Nd)
Sep 11, 2021
Condolences in your loss.
Lois B Redka (Williston , ND)
Sep 11, 2021
So sorry for your loss! Loved Ken! He will be missed! I will keep you in my prayers.
Heidi Anderson (Whitewood, S.D., SOUTH DAKOTA)
Sep 11, 2021
Aunt Coleen, Eldon, Shelli, and families, I was able to watch the funeral online this morning and it was a beautiful tribute. I will always remember Uncle Kenny for his sense of humor. I loved it when he stopped in to visit because there would soon be laughter. He was a wonderful brother to my Mom (Sonja) and they always had a special relationship. My heart is heavy for you today as I know he will be very missed. God Bless, Heidi & Jim Anderson
Carol Nelson (Valley City, N.D.)
Sep 11, 2021
Coleen, Shelli and Eldon and families: My sincere sympathy to all of you during this trying time. May God Bless you and keep you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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