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Paul Samuel "Sam" Johnson

February 27, 1941 ~ October 7, 2016 (age 75)

A Funeral Service for Paul Samuel "Sam" Johnson, of Warroad, MN will be held on Monday, October 10th at 3:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church, Warroad. Visitation will be from 5:00–7:00 PM on Sunday, October 9th with a devotional service at 7:00 PM at Helgeson Funeral Home in Warroad. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Warroad.

Paul Samuel “Sam” Johnson passed away on October 7, 2016 in his Warroad home, surrounded by his son and daughter after a 13 month battle with Multiple Myeloma.  He was 75 years old. 

Sam  was born February 27th, 1941 to Paul A. Johnson and Helen (Brown) Johnson of International Falls, MN.  Sam attended Falls High School where he enjoyed participating in football, track, choir and  musical theatre.  After his high school graduation in 1959, he attended Gustavus Aldolfus College for two years. Sam then served in the armed forces  in Germany as an Army Military Police Officer.  Sam completed his college degree at Bemidji State University where he majored in Biology and minored in History and more importantly, met his soul mate, Peggy.  Sam and Peggy (Marvin) Johnson were united in marriage on August 9, 1969.  They resided in International Falls for five years, then moved to Warroad in 1974 where Sam was employed in Human Resources at Marvin Windows and Doors, and remained there until he retired. Sam and Peggy happily raised their two children, Jeff and Paula, in Warroad.  Alongside his wife, Sam was active in the community of Warroad.  He was a loyal member of Zion Lutheran Church for 42 years, serving on the counsel, Sunday school,  a youth mentor for confirms, and loved his Friday morning men’s Bible study.  Sam served as a 20 year volunteer fireman for the Warroad Fire Department,  was a legioneer, member of Lions club, and a Gideon. 

In his free time, Sam enjoyed sharing his outdoor passions with his brothers, in-laws, friends, children, and grandchildren.  His waterfowl hunts took him out his back yard to shoot ducks on Lake of the Woods, Beltrami State Forrest for Ruffed Grouse, and to “the Stuga II” hunting shack for Whitetail Deer.   Big game hunts of Elk, Caribou, Bear, Antelope, and Mule Deer introduced Sam to the big praire and mountains of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Western Dakota’s, British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec.   Sam enjoyed playing golf, and shared this passion with Jeff, Peggy, and friends at the Warroad Estates Golf Course.   In retirement years, Sam and Peggy loved sharing “Aloha” at their special place on the Island of Kauai with many of their friends and family. Grandpa Sam loved his “Fab 5” grandkids, and took great pleasure in observing and supporting each of their unique gifts and personalities. 

Sam was a man of deep faith, thought, and principles and will always be remembered as an avid outdoorsman who loved his God, creation, his family, and his friends. 

Sam was preceded in death by his father, Paul A. Johnson, his mother, Helen Johnson, and his beloved wife Peggy.  He is survived by brother Duayne (Nancy) Johnson of International Falls, MN; brother Richard (Irene) Johnson of International Falls, MN; brother Dan Johnson of Off the Grid MN; brother Robin (Carla) Johnson of Pelican Rapids, MN; son Jeffrey (Danyel) Johnson of Fargo, ND; daughter Paula (Ted) Heppner of Zimmerman, MN; his “Fab 5” grandchildren: grandsons; Cole Heppner, Connor Johnson, Cameron Heppner, Tate Johnson, and grand-daughter Paige Heppner; as well as many special nieces and nephews.   

Charitable donations may be made to:

LifeCare Hospice - Roseau County
Roseau MN 56751
Tel: 1-218-463-1365

Warroad Warriors Trap Club
PO 43, Warroad MN 56763

 Service Information

October 9, 2016

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Helgeson Funeral Home
506 Main Ave N
Warroad, MN 56756

Funeral Service
October 10, 2016

3:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church
1301 Nelson Street NW
Warroad, MN 56751

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