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August 29, 1963 – Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Service Information
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, MN
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
1:00 P.M.

Visitation Information

Jay Johnson, age 46, of Buffalo, MN, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, in Kansas City, MO.

He was born in Minneapolis, MN, on August 29, 1963, the son of Roger and Diane Laraway Johnson.

Jay graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1982. He later attended Hutchinson Vocational Tech for non-destructive testing.

On February 23, 1991, Jay Johnson and Susan Gabbert were joined in marriage in Buffalo. God blessed their marriage with three children.

Jay started on the assembly line at the Ford Motor Plant in St. Paul on March 8th, 1989. After nineteen years, he was transferred in 2007 to the Fort Motor Plant in Kansas City.

Jay loved the outdoors: Camping, hiking, and motorcycling. He was very artistic and creative and had a green thumb. Jay also enjoyed woodworking.

Survived by wife: Susan; children: Jessica age 16, Jordan age 14, and Jacob age 5; his mother: Diane Johnson of Hutchinson, MN; his father: Roger Johnson of Coon Rapids, MN; sisters: Jerilyn Ring of Sheridan, WY, and Jenelle (Jeff) Eckel of East Bethel, MN; maternal grandmother: Evelyn Laraway of Hutchinson; sisters-in-law: Patty Gabbert of Howard Lake, MN, and Mary (Duane) Melquist of Cokato, MN; brothers-in-law: Don (Shelly) Hansch of Baxter, MN, and John (Shannon) Schmidt of Ramsey, MN; mother-in-law: Lois Schmidt of Cokako; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Preceded in death by sister-in-law: Barb Etteldorf; brothers-in-law: Jerome Etteldorf and Paul Gabbert; and step father-in-law: Tony Schmidt.

A memorial service for Jay Johnson was held on Tuesday, June 22nd at 1:00 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Pastor Derek van der Merwe will officiate.

Interment Swedish Mission Cemetery.

18 Guestbook Entries

  1. Dave, Kathy, Kara, Michael & Jenna  Pfingsten

    Dear Sue, Jessica, Jordan, Jacob, Uncle Roger, Aunt Diane, Jerilyn and Jenelle -Oh, how our hearts go out to each of you in your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Much love,
    Dave, Kathy, Kara, Michael & Jenna

  2. Rich Imholte

    To Sue, The Children And The Rest Of The Family, I am dearly sorry to hear of Jay’s passing, may God’s peace be with all of you in this hard him and know that He comforts those that hurt.

    Rich Imholte

  3. Steven and Melinda Eckel

    We are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you all in this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and and our prayers are towards you.

  4. Lyle Schober

    Dear Roger, Diane and family, I am sorry to hear of your loss and want you to know that I will be thinking of you all these next weeks. I’m sorry that I cannot be at the service Tuesday because of being gone to Hermosa Convention. But I shall be with you in thoughts at Buffalo. Lyle Schober

  5. Bob&Viv Hansen

    We’re so sorry, and we’re thinking of you all so much!
    Love, Bob & Viv


    I wish I could give you one more hug, Jay…may God give you the peace you longed for.
    Love, Bette

  7. Rich Marlene Johnson and Family

    Feel deeply your loss.

  8. Julia Brist

    Dear Jerilyn and family, Thank you for letting us know of your great loss. You are being remembered… with much love, care, sympathy, and prayer.

  9. Roy and Betty Droel

    Not being acquainted with Jay, but having known his Dad, Mother and
    sisters, we want to send you our most sincere sympathy in this loss.
    We send our sympathy in this loss.

  10. Karen Johnson

    Dear One’s All – Sue, Jessica, Jordan, Jacob, Roger, Diane, Jerilyn & family, Jenelle & family. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God’s presence and comfort be with you during this sad time.

  11. Karen Johnson

    Dear One’s all – Sue, Jessica, Jordan, Jacob, Roger, Diane, Jerilyn & family, Jenelle & family. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God’s presence and comfort be with you during this sad time.

  12. Martha Nelson

    My thoughts are with you these days with sympathy and care.
    Your sister, Martha

  13. Jane Miller

    I have good memories of Jay from a child in his home in the cities. I want to share my sympathy to his family in their loss.
    Sincerely, Jane Miller

  14. Rosanna Ouellette

    We are so sorry to hear the news. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family as you go through this difficult experience. We will be thinking of you on Tuesday.
    Love, Rosanna, Taylor, and Madeline Ouellette

  15. Bob/Ruth Nelson

    Dear Roger, Diane and all of Jay’s dear family…..

    We were shocked to hear of Jay’s untimely death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you these days. May you all find comfort in knowing that he is in the hands of a Loving Father. We are just so sorry for your loss. With Love and Sympathy, Bob and Ruth

  16. David Epling

    I am very sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. I worked with Jay at the Ford Motor Co. Although I did not have the pleasure of being able to know him on a real personal basis, I knew him as a hard working, caring individual, always smiling and doing the best job possible.

    Deepest Sympathy,
    David Epling

  17. Jim and Clarice MItchell

    We remember Jay as a very enthusiastic, precious and beautiful boy….and now a young man. Family: lean on others when the hill is just too steep to climb! Your loss is so huge and we enter into the heaviness of heart. May Jay’s spirit and all you enjoyed with him come back to you when you need comfort through your pain. And, May The Lord be your guide in this journey.

  18. Marla Zones Nation

    I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. My deepest sympathy to all of the family.


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