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Lowell Mark Johnson, age 78 of Buffalo, passed away on April 4, 2024. Born on November 15, 1945, in Golden Valley, Minnesota, Lowell was the cherished son of Paul and Alice (Battig) Johnson.

Lowell attended Benilde High School class of 1963.  He was an exceptional wrestler, finishing his high school career with runner-up finish at the state wrestling championship. He later coached a few years for Olympic youth wrestling, sharing his knowledge and passion for the sport with the younger generation. Other life passions and hobbies were waterskiing, fishing, hunting, racing/fixing cars and competing in horseshoes.

On March 31, 1967, Lowell was joined in marriage to Barbara Lillian Johnsen at St. John’s Catholic Church in Excelsior. They enjoyed building their family with three daughters.  In 1977, Lowell and his family moved to Lake Charlotte, where they created countless cherished memories together.

Lowell attended trade school to become a technician. He worked a summer internship with his father at General Mills. Lowell also worked several decades at Knapp Radio and TV in Excelsior, where he later became the owner in 1986 and then retiring around 2009.

He was a social butterfly who effortlessly made friends wherever he went. With his warm personality and genuine kindness, he could have a conversation with anybody. Above all, Lowell was a devoted family man who wholeheartedly supported and cheered on his daughters and grandsons in all their athletic endeavors and events with pride and enthusiasm.  His zest for life, adventurous spirit, and unwavering dedication to his family and community will be remembered fondly.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Barbara; parents: Paul and Alice; and brother: Thomas.

Lowell is survived by his daughters: Sheila Wells (Brandon), Cheri Lerdon (Court), and Sarah Johnson (Nate Limerick); grandsons: Paul Wells, Thaddeus Wells, and Brody Lerdon; siblings: Kurt Johnson, Kate (Mark) Helling, Suzanne Johnson, and Teresa (Aram) Nazarian; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Memorial service will be held Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 11:00 AM with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service at The Peterson Chapel – 119 Central Avenue, Buffalo, MN.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Dave

    Will miss you at the poker table my friend.

  2. Wayne and Karen Barneveld and Family

    Will miss you, Lowell! You were a great friend and hunting/fishing partner! We had a lot of great times with you and your family! Our prayers are with your family. RIP friend!

  3. Jean Florek

    Paul and I wish to share our sympathy with the family, especially Sarah, who we know. Paul and I really enjoyed Lowell and Barb. Great people. We will be praying for your family. Love always, Paul and Jean Florek

  4. Teresa J Nazarian

    Cheri & Sarah, Courtney, Nate & Brody.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for the most beautiful service for my brother Lowell your Father and Grandfather to Brody. Every thing from the readings to the song choices were perfect. Great job I’m sure Dad and Mom were so proud of you both.😇 Aram and I just want to send you a huge Thank you and we will continue to share all the great stories with you, over the years to come. Pastor Sandy did a wonderful job. The luncheon was a big success and the slideshow was fantastic. It was very nice to see so many of your Dad’s friends, neighbors and so many of our cousins that came from all corners of Minnesota. Under the circumstances we did receive a lot of love from all of you, which is the first step in moving forward to the healing process. We will never forget your Dad & Mom we loved them both and will miss them forever.❤️
    Auntie Teresa & Uncle Aram


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