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September 18, 2018

8/14/2018 10:36:00 AM
Roland 'Skip' Johnson

Roland "Skip" Johnson, 74, of Annandale died on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, as a result of an auto accident.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at Lake Union Evangelical Covenant Church, South Haven with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Brent Stromme will officiate the memorial service. A celebration of Skip's life will follow at Madigan's Pub and Grill in Maple Lake from 1-3 p.m. Burial will take place at a later date at Sunset Cemetery in St. Anthony. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Skip's name to Lake Union Church or to the charity of your choice.

Skip is survived by his daughters and their husbands, Tara and Mac Nelson of Brooklyn Park and Jill and Carr Muirhead of Carnation, Washington; grandchildren, Alexis, Claire, Andre, Reid and Kate; and significant other, Bobbi Behlke of Maple Lake.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Roland Cornelius Johnson was born Aug. 8, 1943, in St. Paul to Roland and Evelyn (Cornelius) Johnson and grew up in Highland Park. Skip served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1961 to 1964. He lived on Lake Francis near South Haven while his children were young and moved to Annandale in 1983. He has hosted family and friends at his home for the Independence Day celebration in Annandale since moving to town. Skip worked as a liquor salesman and distributor for Griggs Cooper and Company and Wirtz Beverage for 37 years, retiring in 2008. He was a member of the Buffalo American Legion. He enjoyed target shooting, scuba diving, boating and was an avid Harley Davidson rider. In retirement he became interested in electronics, gadgets and technology.

Urn bearers: Randy Smith, Tom Wilcox, Mac Nelson and Carr Muirhead

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