Donovan (Donny) Elmer Johnson, 63, of International Falls, Minnesota died on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at St. Luke’s Health Center in Duluth, MN after battling lung cancer. He was surrounded by his family and friends.
He was born May 18, 1951 in Kittson, MN to Elmer and Alyce (Snare) Johnson.
Donny was raised in Karlstad, MN and International Falls, MN. He lived in Montana, Washington and Idaho working various jobs including painting. He also worked at Alco in Warroad, MN before returning to International Falls in 1998 to be closer to family. Donny worked at Rig Jig and Servicemaster. He started his own painting business (Don’s Custom Painting) in which he retired from in 2014 when he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
On August 30, 2014 he married his best friend of 16 years, Tammie (Conklin) Lamke.
He enjoyed painting, carpentry, playing Scrabble and Yahtzee, four-wheeling, snowmobiling with grandchildren, spending time with family, fishing, hunting and trapping.
Donny was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Barbara Roberts of Washington, Linda Simonson of Eveleth, MN, Beverly Hansen of International Falls; brothers-in-law, Darrell Roberts, Dale Simonson; and mother-in-law, Virginia Conklin of Gilbert, MN.
Donovan will be sadly missed by his wife Tammie of International Falls; sons Travis Louwagie of Garvin, MN, Ryan (Teresa) Johnson of Cherry, MN; step-daughters Jorja (Allan) Demuth of Bemidji, MN, Jenna Bloomquist (Billy Boyd) of International Falls, MN, Ranell Lamke (DJ Erickson) of Superior, WI; nine grandchildren, Ashley, Brandon, Daniel, Alissa, Casey, Carter, Carli, Paityn, Easton, and one due in March; brothers-in-law, Walter Hansen of International Falls, Rodney, Randy and Aaron Conklin all of Gilbert, MN; sister-in-law, Michele (Jerry) Weyandt of Lino Lakes, MN; father-in-law, Donald Conklin of Gilbert, MN; many nieces, nephews, friends, and one special friend Dennis from Halma, MN.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015 at Green-Larsen Mortuary at 2:00 pm.
Condolences may be left at www.greenlarsen.com.
Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary, Inc.