Curtis Johnson


Curtis Johnson, 69, of Granite Falls, passed away at his home on July 26, 2021. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, August 5th at 10:30 am at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart. Visitation will be held on Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 pm at the Wing-Bain Funeral Home in Granite Falls and continue one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

Curtis Richard Johnson was born August 28, 1951, the son of Richard & Delores (Kottom) Johnson, in Granite Falls. He was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart where he was a lifelong member. He graduated from the Sacred Heart High School in 1969. Curt continued his education at Ridgewater College in Willmar where he received an Associates Degree.

Curt was united in marriage to Diane (Ripley) Fossell on July 11, 2004 at East Ridge Court in Renville. He had met Diane while they both worked at the Yellow Medicine Courthouse and they shared 17 wonderful years together.

Curt was employed at the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative as a Boiler operator for 17 years. He then began his career with Yellow Medicine County in 1995. He was the Building Maintenance Supervisor until his retirement in 2016. After retirement he enjoyed driving school bus for Bennett Bus Service. He also volunteered at the Neighbors United Food Shelf in Granite Falls. He enjoyed camping, riding motorcycle, old tractors (especially his favorite Model G Minneapolis Moline) and steam engines, crypto quip and crossword puzzles, sudoku and watching the Wheel of Fortune. He was a whiz at trivia games. He was noted for his quick wit and sense of humor and was a kind and gentle man. He loved spending time on the farm where he grew up and any activity that involved the grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Diane; stepsons: Nathan Fossell of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Jeremy Fossell of St. Cloud; grandchildren: Ethan, Quincey and Navy Fossell of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; much loved siblings: Sandy (Paul) Brecke of Eagan, Jay (Laura) Johnson of Apple Valley, Ronald (Melissa) Johnson of Sacred Heart, Robert (Cella) Johnson of Sacred Heart and Trudi (Allan) Swanson of Echo; brother-in-law and best friend Curt (Connie) Ripley of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, brother-in-law David Ripley of Cologne and sister-in-law Karen (Gregg) Kepner of Montevideo; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Richard & Delores Johnson, step dad Tim Feldman, grandparents: Art & Ada Kottom, Albert Von Spreecken and Oscar ‘Okey’ & Gladys Johnson, father-in-law Leighton Ripley and mothers-in-law Evelyn Ripley and Arleen Ripley.

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