James Johnson

James Wesley Johnson a long-time resident of Blanchard, ND, passed away December 10th, 2021, in his home at the age of 86. Jim was born October 4th, 1935, to John and Nellie (Haugen) Johnson at Mose ND. Jim was the youngest of 7 children. In 1943 the town was hit by a tornado and the family moved to Greenfield, ND and later to Hunter, ND where Jim graduated High School in 1953. Jim attended college in Wahpeton ND following High School. He served in the National Guard from 1957 until 1962.

Jim worked at grain elevators all his life starting in 1960 and continuing until his retirement. He worked at Preston, Blanchard, Gardner, and Hunter. He also enjoyed driving beet truck for Greg Stuart for many years.

On July 1,1960 he married Ruth Grothmann at St. John Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, ND. They have 5 children, 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Jim was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church serving in many different roles including, Elder, Steward, and Sunday School Superintendent and served the Blanchard township board for over 40 years.

Jim is survived by his wife of 61 years Ruth, his children, Jeffrey (Jasmine) Johnson, Bradley (Cheryl McKay) Johnson, Melissa (Jeffry) Stuart, Douglas (Kelly) Johnson, Rebecca Johnson; his sister Bernice Piehl and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Harriet (Clarence) Sandbo, Helen (Ove) Sandbo, Irene (Howard) Plum, Judith Johnson, Katherine (Robert) Petrie. Grandsons Benjamin Ronald Stuart and Isaiah James Johnson, and many brothers-in-law.

Visitation was held on Thursday December 16th, from 5-7 at Boulger Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Funeral Services will be held Friday December 17th at St. John Lutheran Church in Hillsboro at 10 am with visitation 1 hour prior to the service.  Burial will take place at St. John Cemetery in rural Hillsboro.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home in Hillsboro. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.