Obituary of Ivan Johnson
Ivan Merlin Johnson was born on September 7th, 1944 in Tyler, MN, born to Ernest and Ella (Haase) Johnson. Growing up, he attended school in Russel, MN and graduated at the top of his class from Russel High School Class 1962. He later moved to Tracy, MN to be close to his Grandma Haase. Ivan honorably served in the National Guard from 1962-1970. There are many great stories from local residents who served with him. Ivan was a “ lifelong” member of the American Legion. He enjoyed being active in their events. He was a member of The Eagles… until he wasn’t. Ivan spent his entire life working for the Rail Road and retired from BNSF after 37 years. We will all miss the twinkle in Ivan’s eyes, his stories, his jokes, and his contagious laugh. He loved singing karaoke, listening to “The Oldies”, spending time with his friends, “toasting” and playing cards. He enjoyed reading and endless learning. Some of his favorite topics were Health and Science. He was passionate about vitamins, minerals and herbs. He was proud of his garden and fruit trees, especially his beloved Peach Tree. Annually, he would make homemade mustard with the habanero peppers he grew. He loved “the spice of life”, the hotter the better. His greatest pride, other than his family, was his Thunderbird. He has taken his ride Home and we will all miss him deeply.
Ivan died on June 29, 2018, at Prairie View Senior Living in Tracy, MN, at the age of 73 years.
He is survived by his children, Beth Anderson and Christopher (Katie) Rose; grandchildren - Brianna (Sgt Kyle Heydenburg) Melle, Isabella Rose, Sophia Rose, and Jett Wolf. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson- Adam Melle.
Memorials and donations can be made online by going to www.chandleriamproject.org or you can mail your donations to Chandler IAM Project, Chandler Presbyterian Church, 1900 S. Arrowhead Drive, Chandler, AZ 85286. . I AM stands for I Adam Melle, who lost his life to addiction. Grandson of Ivan Johnson. I AM Project offers treatment and support for those suffering Opioid Addiction. There website can be found at www.chandleriamproject.org