Johnson, Kenneth ‘KJ’


Kenneth “KJ” Johnson, 78, of Goodview, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, with family by his side. 

Kenny was born on December 26, 1938, in Winona, to John and Lorraine (Fenske) Johnson. He graduated from Winona Senior High in 1957. Kenny enlisted in the United States Army (October 1959). On September 30, 1961, he married Darlene Kramer and in 1966 they made their home in Goodview. He “lived until he died” and did not let his cancer diagnosis change his positive outlook on life. His faith made him a strong man in fighting the disease. Kenny was a kind, caring, and faithful man who always had a smile on his face. He took pride in his work and had a strong work ethic which was proven in his dedication of 36 years at Bay State Milling where he never had a sick day. Even after retirement, he continued to stay busy by working part-time first at Motor Parts and then at the Winona DAC. He was loved by all who knew him. He was a member of the Goodview Activity Group and Elks Lodge. His time and commitment to the Elks was not overlooked as he was awarded Elk of the Year this year. First and foremost, Kenny loved his family. He worshiped his wife, daughters and grandchildren and spent as much time with all of them that he could. His hobbies included Nascar racing (big Earnhardt fan), racing his own stock car, Saturdays out for dinner followed by playing cards, as well as fixing anything that was broken. His love for travel took him to many states across the country, including Hawaii, as well as Alaska (his favorite), Europe, and Costa Rica. He will be missed by his morning breakfast clubs at Hy-Vee and Schneipps. 

Kenny is survived by his wife, Darlene; daughters, Brenda (Mike) Sing and Becky (Kevin) Mueller; grandchildren, Heather (Mike) Waletski, Erica (Andrew) Jantz, Courtney (Max) Smith, Kelly (Brad) Oberstadt, Ashley (Chase) Schmalenberg, Brandon Sing, Dylan (Cedar Paulson) Mueller; great-grandchildren, Mason, Rylan, Ada, and Ailee; his mother, Lorraine; brother, Steve (Dawn) Johnson; special niece, Angie (Chad) Orum; and many wonderful friends. He was preceded in death by his father, John; father and mother-in-law, Henry and Delores Kramer; in-laws, Wayne Kramer, Jeanette Sorenson, and Marlene Buege. Memorial Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017, at Faith Lutheran Church, Winona, with Reverend Mark Dumke officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview. Please leave a memory of Kenny and view his video tribute when it becomes available at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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