Louvaine Johnson

January 23, 2020

obit sonny johnson IMG_1415May 23, 1939 – Jan. 14, 2020

Louvaine “Sonny” John­son, age 80 of Tyler, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Sunrise Manor in Tyler. Memorial visitation was held Sunday, Jan. 19, 3-6 p.m. with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Ty­ler. Memorial service was Monday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. at church. Hartquist Funeral Home-Tyler Chapel was entrusted with arrange­ments. To view Sonny’s life history or sign an online registry, please visit www. hartquistfuneral.com.
Louvaine “Sonny” John­son was born May 23, 1939 to Edgar and Clara (Singsaas) Johnson in Hendricks. He was raised and attended school there. During his younger years, he enjoyed participating on the football and bas­ketball teams. Prior to his graduation from Hen­dricks Public High School in 1957, Sonny joined the National Guard. He spent time at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for train­ing and was later stationed at Fort Ord, California and Camp Ripley.
Following his service, Sonny relocated to Rich­field, where he worked for four years laying sod, and met his future bride, Barbara Warwick. The two were united in marriage on Oct. 3, 1959 at Gary Methodist Church in Gary, South Dakota, and made their first home in Bloom­ington. Sonny and Barb re­located southwest to raise their family in Tyler for the next 16 years. Throughout this time, Sonny worked on a nearby farm, where he gained an appreciation for the land and wildlife. He went on to spend several years as a minnow trapper. After their children had left the home, Sonny and Barb relocated to Wayzata. Sonny began his 21-year career as a caretaker in Minnetonka.
On April 1, 2010, Sonny retired to his lake home on Lake Benton Lake. He remained active by assist­ing with maintenance at Danebod Village in Tyler. The couple later returned to live in town in Tyler. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, Sonny passed away at Sunrise Manor in Tyler at the age of 80 years, seven months, and 22 days.
Sonny was baptized on July 3, 1939, at Lake Hen­dricks Lutheran Church in Hendricks, and was cur­rently a member of Dane­bod Lutheran Church in Tyler. He served on the church council and cem­etery board. Sonny loved to enjoy the outdoors while hunting, fishing and swimming. He was a man of many skills and talents. Sonny and Barb enjoyed traveling, espe­cially to Arizona, Florida, Alaska and most recently in 2016, to Washington DC. Along with members of their family, Sonny and Barb visited Arlington Na­tional Cemetery to see the gravestone of his brother Ricky, who was in the U.S. Navy and was lost at sea in 1963. This was a very emotional and memorable event in his life. Sonny was always ready to return to his home and community, where he could be found having coffee at the bank, hardware store, Danebod Village or the gas sta­tion where his grandsons worked. He will be remem­bered by many for his huge heart and ability to carry on a conversation with ev­eryone he met. Above all, Sonny lived for his family and was a big supporter of both his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sporting events.
Sonny is survived by his wife Barbara of Tyler; chil­dren—Tim (Susie) Johnson of Granite Falls, La Donna (Brett) Ahrens of Elk River, and Scott (Rhonda) John­son of Tyler; 12 grandchil­dren—Corey and Aimee Johnson, Adam and Alissa Ahrens, Gretchen (Troy) Tommeraasen, Brett (Re­becca) Johnson, Sarah (Tim) Gavin, Bethanni (Matt) Jobe, Shawn (Katy) and Kris (Kayla) Vos, Rob­byn (Matt) Kerkaert, and Shelby Behnke; 18 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Corlene Nielsen of Tyler and Marlene Pederson of Farmington; sisters-in-law Shirley Wiese of Gary, South Dakota and Mari­lyn Stark of Grants Pass, Oregon; brother-in-law Larry Warwick of Alvord, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter LaRinda Behnke; his son Jason Johnson; his parents; his sisters Gladys Johnson and Delores Mar­ten; his brother Richard “Ricky” Johnson; sister-in-law Ruthie O’Donoghue; and brothers-in-law Ar­nie Johnson, Kiar Nielsen, Duane Marten, Blaine Ped­erson, Phil O’Donoghue and Lee Warwick.