Dean B. Johnson

DJohnson (RGB)Dean B. Johnson, age 91 of Mott, passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger.

The Funeral Service for Dean was Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 10:00 am MDT at Trinity Lutheran Church, Mott, with Pastor Tom Olson officiating.  Burial was at the ND Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan, ND at 2:00 pm CDT

Serving as casketbearers wetre his grandchildren, J.P., Kris, and Mike Brunelle, Dain Johnson and Amy Kay, and Alexander, Westley, Cassandra, and Alivia Johnson.

October 17, 1922 saw the arrival of Dean Bernide to John K. and Madelia (Torgrud) Johnson`s home on a farm outside of Clearbrook, Minnesota.  His brother, Earl, was ten years older. Dean would often reminisce about his time spent in the nearby woods in a cabin built by them.

Dean`s first twenty-two years were spent in Clearbrook at which time he was drafted to the service.He wanted to make his own choice of military so he enlisted in the Navy. When going through the process he made it through the first section despite his being color blind.   In the next stage of processing the issue was identified and it was stated he made it this far and his enlistment proceeded.  While going through basic training they asked for volunteers for electrician training.  He signed up and became Head Electrician on the ship Beckham.

While in the service Dean met Bert Overland, Ruby`s brother, who felt the two should meet.  Thus began the next stage of his life with Ruby Lorraine Overland. They were married at the Lutheran church in Clearbrook on December 6th, 1947.

Following his discharge they moved to Hettinger, North Dakota where he apprenticed in watchmaking under the guidance of his Uncle Matt Halvorson and eventually became the state examiner in his field.  Matt wanted to open a store in Regent so Dean and Ruby moved there in 1950 and were there for four years. The store was then moved to Mott in 1954. In 1958 Dean and Ruby became owners of Johnson Jewelry.

Throughout Dean`s life he was involved with Trinity Lutheran Church, the Mott School Board, the North Dakota Watchmaker`s Association, the Good Samaritan Home, Social Services, American Legion, Lion`s Club, mail carrier for the US Postal service, received the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award, Chamber of Commerce, US Dept. of Commerce, weather recorder, and many other areas in the community.

Dean joined his parents and brother at the Lord`s table on June 19, 2014.

As stated by Rita Greff: “the community of Mott suffers a great hole in the place of a very kind man and the family is missing the patriarch. “ “Life without God would be nothing!”  Dean`s personal quote was how he lived his life. He not only attended church regularly, he also lived his daily life witnessing to each and every one he met. Many people have shared how Dean influenced their lives. Dean believed in giving to the community and sharing what God had given him with everyone.

Grateful for having shared in Dean’s life are his wife of 66 years, Ruby;  his children; Sandy (Bob) Brunelle, Lethbridge, AB, Canada; Dan (Carol) Johnson, Kenai, AK; and Lanny Johnson, Mott, ND; 9 grandchildren; J.P. (Erin) Brunelle, Kris Brunelle, Mike (Jenn) Brunelle, Dain (Sonia) Johnson, Amy (Shawn) Kay, Alex Johnson, Westley Johnson, Cassandra Johnson, and Alivia Johnson, along with 7 great-grandchildren, Kaj, Thor, Parker, Ella, Evan, Kayla, and Alyssa.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother and sister-in-law Earl and Nora Johnson.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established by the family.

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