Eugene “Gene” Ralph Johnson
July 7, 1946-Oct. 16, 2016
Eugene “Gene” Ralph Johnson, 70, Rugby, died on October 16, 2016 in Minot, North Dakota. He was born on July 7, 1946 to Oscar Lawrence and Margaret (Carnahan) Johnson in Cando. He was raised on a farm north of Bisbee and attended school in the area. He attended a baker’s school in Bismarck in the 1960’s and worked in bakeries around the state. Gene also worked for some farmers, worked in several restaurants, and did janitorial work before he retired to Rugby in 2011. He was once married to Della Schiele. Gene married Linda (Holisky) Pitcher on May 5, 1990 in Bisbee, North Dakota. They were married for 26 years. In recent years he and Linda attended Bethany Lutheran Church in Rugby.
Eugene is survived by his wife, Linda, and three step-children, Wendy Pitcher Velva, Mandy Pitcher and her friend Richard Schmidt Mandan; Jeffery and his wife Savana Pitcher Velva. He also leaves one sister Shelia Swanberg – East Grand Forks, Minnesota. His step grandchildren McKenzie, Katie, Karma and Paiton will miss their grandfather, Gene. He also leaves several nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death his parents and several aunts and uncles. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 11:00 A.M,. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rugby. Rev. Barbara Haugerud .will officiate with Barbara Leeas organist. Mr. Johnson will be buried in Persilla Watts Cemetery in Rugby.
Visitation will be on Thursday, October 20th from 4-8 P.M. at the funeral home and one hour before the service at the church.
Niewoehner Funeral Home – Rugby 701-776-6222
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