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Vernon "Bud" Johnson
February 22, 1929 ~ December 29, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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A memorial service for Vernon(Bud), Leroy Johnson will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at the Helgeson Funeral Chapel in Roseau, Minnesota. Bud passed away on December 29, 2023 at Oak Manor in Roseau, Minnesota at the age of 94 years.
Vernon(Bud) Johnson was born in Roseau, Minnesota on Feb 22nd 1929 to Arnold and Edith(Burress) Johnson. Bud’s father, Arnold, owned and operated an electrical repair business, involving radio, television, heating, air-conditioning, electric motors, batteries, etc. Bud grew up being immersed in this environment, as a result he was one of the local experts at repair before he ever received any formal training. As a young person Bud enjoyed building model airplanes, including hand building both the receivers and transmitters that allowed the models to be remotely controlled.
In 1946, the first year of the Minnesota High School State Hockey Tournament, Roseau won the State Championship! Bud was named to the all tournament team. Bud graduated from Roseau High School in 1947.
In 1950 Bud Johnson and Betty Miller were united in marriage at the English Lutheran Church in Roseau, Minnesota. Bud served in the US Army from 1954-1956, as a technician on the Sky Sweeper Aerial Defense System and played on an Army hockey team. In 1956 Bud graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. Bud worked as an engineer for Polaris Industries as Polaris was transitioning to a recreational company building snowmobiles. Bud worked for Mercury Outboard for a few years and then the JLO Rockwell company. While employed by JLO Rockwell Bud and Betty travelled extensively, often going to Europe.
At an early age Bud was afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis(MS), this condition was taking it’s toll. In the early 1970’s Bud and Betty returned to their farm home north of Roseau where they raised a variety of farm animals and crops, while doing extensive gardening. As a team Bud and Betty were very environmentally aware and did their best to be ‘Earth Sensitive’. Bud was hired by the Roseau School to teach Electronics and Forestry in the Roseau Area Vocational School program. The benefits of his work in these areas have had a lasting impact on local residents and continues to this day.
Bud and Betty both were licensed private pilots, owning several airplanes over the years, they did not hesitate to fly cross country alone or together. Many township gravel roads and alfalfa hay fields became runways as they showed up to give a family member a ‘Birthday Flight’, just because they could! If it wasn’t a ride in an airplane it was an excursion in one of the sailboats that they had so carefully hand crafted in their farm workshop. As they sailed there was often dialogue with their guests concerning the beauty of the moment, while immersed in the sunset unfolding before them, often bringing to a close another enjoyable memorable event as Bud’s firm hand on the tiller, gently guided the craft. Betty and Bud were very family oriented, whether initiating the building of an A frame cabin at Long Point on the south shore of Lake of the Woods, or family birthday parties and holiday celebrations, their presence and impact was always anticipated as they repeatedly brought, fun, goodness, and joy to the numerous events they so willingly chose to support and to be a part of.
Bud’s quick mind and keen memory prevailed as he was undaunted by his daily physical challenges. Bud’s legacy will continue to inspire and challenge friends and family.
Bud is survived by his sister Patricia(Red) Johnson, and many nieces and nephews, he was preceded in death by his parents Arnold and Edith(Burress) Johnson, his wife Betty(Miller) Johnson, sisters Deloris(Carl) Grindahl and Bonnie(Rick) Knox, and brothers Virgil(Marian) Johnson and Arnold Johnson Jr.
Memorials in Bud's memory can be given to the Roseau County Historical Society.