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July 27, 1935 – Sunday, January 20, 2013

Service Information
Rockford Township Hall, 3039 Dague Ave. S.E.
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
1-5 P.M.

Visitation Information

Dale Arnold Johnson, age 77, of Clearwater and formerly of Buffalo passed away on Sunday, January 20th, 2013 at his residence.

He was born on July 27, 1935 in Lake Bronson, Minnesota the son of Gustave F. & Betty C. Wiklund Johnson.

Dale honorably served his Country in The Army Reserve from 1959-1965.

Dale has been a Buffalo resident for the past fifty four years coming from Lake Bronson.

In 1959, Dale became associated with Arnold Gruys and this association was known as Gruys-Johnson CPA Firm. Dale was the managing partner at Gruys-Johnson until 1988. He later opened his own CPA Firm in 1988.

Dale was a member of The Buffalo Rotary Club, The Buffalo Presbyterian Church, The Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, The Red Cross, Desert Caballero’s, Caballero Del Norte and several Saddle Clubs.

He was a past Chairman of The Buffalo Rodeo Committee, active in 4-H and was instrumental in starting the Little Guy Football and Buffalo Youth Hockey Association.

Survived by his loving wife: Peggy Sue Johnson; children: Stephen Johnson of Buffalo, Martin (Kerry) Johnson of Monticello, SFC Andrew (Michelle) Johnson, U.S. Army, Wendy Johnson-Ness (Paul) of Brooklyn Park, Billy Warner of Plymouth, Molly (Lance) Hopman of Tigard, Oregon and Julie Warner of Roseville; six grandchildren: Michelle Johnson, Gustaf Johnson, Genavieve Johnson, Porter Hopman, Jillian Hopman and Charles Hopman; sisters: Joy Levenhagen of Lake Bronson and Carol (David) Metzler of Ames, Iowa; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents: Gustave & Betty, brothers: Ralph Wiklund, Richard Johnson and Marvin Johnson; his wife: Rosalie Purvis Johnson (m.1955-1989) and by a son-in-law: Paul Ness.

A Celebration of Dale’s Life will be held on Sunday, February 3rd from 1-5 P.M. at The Rockford Township Hall, 3039 Dague Avenue S.E., in rural Buffalo.

Memorials are suggested for Buffalo Hospital’s Foundation and the Wright County Agricultural Society – Horse Program.

Online condolences may be made to

12 Guestbook Entries

  1. Cindy Peterson

    Dale Johnson will definitely be missed–what a wonderful man! He was like a father to me and also a very caring boss & friend.

  2. Mike/Valerie Zumbusch

    I have known Dale for 35+ yrs & done business with him. He was a man of his word, true gentlemen in every way with always a light hearted humor. What a suberb example of how to live our lives for all of us! He will be dearly missed by many!! Mike

  3. Kristi Wiese Beyer

    To the family of Dale,
    My heart goes out to you all as you are saddened by his absences, but try to smile when you hear his laughter in your memories as I will. He was always like a father to me and also a charmer, which gave him that youthful personality that young man that never grew up. I will miss you dear friend! Kristi

  4. Katie (Paripovich) Niemeyer

    Peggy and family, God bless you in this time. What a wonderful life Dale lived and you are blessed to have been a part of it! Prayers to you all,

  5. Marne Kolasa

    Peggy, was so sorry to hear about Dale. My heart goes out to you and your family during the days and weeks ahead. Just take a day at a time and know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Former client of yours and Dale’s,

    Marne Kolasa

  6. Tara Munsterteiger

    Dale will be sadly missed. I will miss our chats and his wonderful advice for gardening and life in general. I feel blessed for having known him for so many years. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Brent Danzeisen and Family

    Dale will be missed and prayers from my family to his.

  8. Linda Sainsbury

    What a privilege to have known Dale over the years–he was an amazing person! He will be remembered for his sense of humor and brilliant smile! I will also remember Dale and Peggy’s hospitality in hosting many Relay for Life events at their farm–bless you and God speed.

  9. Jayne Staley

    Dale was a wonderful person. I always enjoyed his yearly tax visits.
    I read this quote and thought – that’s something Dale would have said – “You don’t get over it, you just get through it. You don’t get by it, because you can’t get around it. It doesn’t ‘get better’; it just gets different.”
    My sympathies to the family.

  10. Scott Zenner

    I only met Dale a few months ago but was immediately struck by his sharp eyes and quick wit. Despite his own health hardships, he was kind, generous, and thorough in our business dealings. I would like to have had the chance to know him better. My condolences to Peggy Sue and his entire family.

  11. Mike and Donna Schoumaker

    Dale was a wonderful neighbor and friend that will not be forgotten. Thanks for the good times.
    Mike and Donna Schoumaker

  12. Amanda James

    Daddy Dale… May your days be filled with endless sunshine and horse riding.
    You took me in your home as a young girl and turned my love for horses a reality. Your patience and soft touch taught me so much with your horses.
    I specifically remember a birthday present that I wanted, which was you to take me on a trail ride. Of course, you came through and never let me down. It still, until this day, was one of the most memorable birthdays for me. Thank you for the memory.
    I remember Friday nights going out for dinner and you teaching me how to two-step. How many 12 year olds know how to do that? Thank you so much for so many great memories. Thank you for the horse lessons in the summers. Thank you for the big hugs.
    To the Johnson kids..I’m so sorry for your loss. He was the salt of the earth. You don’t find them any more genuine than him.
    Amanda James (Kathy Johnson’s daughter)


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