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Jon A. Johnson

Jon A. Johnson, 57, of Osage, died Thursday, Jan. 24 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids after a courageous battle with cancer. Jon was always strong and never complained of suffering and is in heaven now.

Jon Allan Johnson was born on Sept. 14, 1955 in San Diego, Calif., the son of Milo and Janet (Achilles) Johnson. He attended school in Chula Vista, Calif., and Wadena elementary schools and the Alexandria Jefferson High School. He moved to Alexandra in 1969. He entered the U.S. Army in 1972 and served until 1975.

Jon was united in marriage to Barbara Ann Botner on Aug. 21, 1973 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He attended Alexandra Technical College from 1976 until 1979. He worked at the Fingerhut Corp. from 1976 to 1981 and was employed as a welder from 1981 to 1982 in Baudette. He owned and operated the Johnson Sewing Center in Alexandra from 1983 to 1988. In 1988 he moved to Park Rapids and worked for North Star Evergreens as a welder. Jon also welded at Darchuk Manufacturing. He worked as manager of track renewal welding for the Canadian Pacific Railroad from 1993 until April of 2011 when he was disabled.

His passion was playing the guitar. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, boating, hunting and ice fishing.

Jon is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters Tara (Chris) Stone of Venice, Fla., and Carrie (J.T.) Clark of Park Rapids; one son, Jon (Leah) Johnson of Menahga; mother Janet (Al) Furber of Niceville, Fla.; father Milo Johnson of Gully; grandmother Evelyn Johnson of Fosston; eight grandchildren; three sisters, Lori (Greg) Gattis of Destin, Fla., Trish of New Jersey and Pamela of Upland, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Jon was preceded in death by brother, David; sister, Julie Calloway; father Jon Bersagel; grandmothers, Ester Bersagel and Janette Parrott; grandfathers, Richard Bersagel and Oscar Johnson; and his uncle Darrell Johnson.

Funeral service: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. Co-officiants will be Pastor James Neubauer and Pastor Timothy Heinecke.

Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at Cease Family Funeral Home in Park Rapids and one hour before the funeral at the church.

Inurnment: will be at a later date at the Salem Lutheran Cemetery near Gully.

Arrangements are being handled by Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids. Friends may leave online condolences at