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Stanley Eugene Johnson, age 75 of Buffalo, Minnesota, passed away December 30, 2019.

He was born on August 14, 1944 in Deshler, Nebraska to Harold B and Gladys I (Stanley) Johnson.

Stanley grew up in Davenport, Nebraska and attended the Methodist Church as a child with his parents. He attended high school there, graduating with the class of 1962. After high school, he furthered his education and obtained a bachelor’s from Peru State and then received a master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

On March 18, 1967 he was joined in marriage to Virginia (Elifritz) in Edgar, Nebraska. The two had initially met on a blind date set up by their friends.

He then taught history and business in Dannebrog, Nebraska. It was his first teaching job out of college.

The 1967-68 school year, He taught history and coached Golf at Centennial School in Centura, Nebraska, eventually moving to Litchfield, Nebraska during the 1968-69 school year to become principal, taught history, coached the girls’ basketball team and drove a bus route. A new principal position led him to Orleans, Nebraska in 1970 where he was also history/business teacher, assistant football coach and had a bus route. Stanley was a member of the Orleans Lions club, a Mason and Shriner. He volunteered as an EMT on the Orleans Fire and Rescue. He was a member of the Orleans Presbyterian Church and served as superintendent of Sunday school, taught adult Sunday school class, was an elder on the session and preached on occasion.

Stanley worked for 10 years in education. In the summers he would haul silage for a local farmer or for the mill in the evenings for fun, he enjoyed hauling with his friends the most. He founded CB Trucking for a few months before working for Kugler Oil Company for 18 years. He still drove the school bus for the local district. He later started his own business, Financial Management Services in 1989.

Eventually he and his family made their residence in Buffalo, Minnesota where he initially worked for Suburban Propane for 3 years. He then worked in accounts receivable for 12 years with AccountTemps agency. He retired in 2008. He was a member of the Buffalo Presbyterian Church during which he served as elder on the session for a brief time and taught adult Sunday school class. He and his son bowled with the BPC men’s league on Wednesday nights for some time. He was on the Fingerhut bowling team with his wife for a few years and enjoyed it. He preached a few times at Park View care center. He enjoyed sharing a message when he could.

Stanley loved staying connected with former students on Facebook. He wrote novels in his free time and wrote many editorials for newspapers. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite teams in the later years especially. He went to a few Twins games and went to one Timberwolves game. In the fall every Saturday he would watch the Nebraska Cornhuskers College football team play. The analysis after the game was shared with both his son and son-in-law over the phone.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Stanley is survived by his wife, Virginia; daughter, Wendy (Adam) Fie; son, William “Bill” Johnson (significant other, Missy Crandell); grandchildren, Kylee, Michaela, and Adam Jr. Fie, and Jacob and Parker Johnson; brother, Harold (Kathryne); sister-in-law, Doris (Norman) Lux; niece, Crystal (Ryan) McGinnis; nephew, Gary Lux; great-nieces, Cora and Trinity McGinnis; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11:00 AM with visitation beginning at 9:00 AM at Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, Minnesota. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Shirley Horst

    So sorry to hear of Stan’s passing. I always enjoyed the visits when he made it back to Edgar. Prayers to the family on the loss of a dear family member.

  2. Doug Simpson

    Sorry to hear about Stan’s passing. He was a great neighbor along with being the principal in Orleans.
    Doug Simpson

  3. Meghan Bruggeman

    Virginia and family, you have all been in my thoughts and prayers. Stanley was an incredible man, who made a room light up with his smile. Story time with him was always a joy! He will be greatly missed by many.

  4. Carolyn Shuck

    So sorry to hear of Stanley’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Virginia and your family.

  5. Martha Voigt [[Jim]

    Please accept my payes as i thank God for Stanley’s life. I knew the Johnson family from the 5o’s on while living in Davenport. Wonderful, warm memories are flowing through my mind.
    Their dad delivered fuel to our farm, always with a smile and a light-hearted story. Gladys kept her fingers busy crocheting, I still have a couple of her hotpads that she lovingly made. Their second home was the church. Harold,if you have a minute, I would appreciate hearing from you.

  6. Brent A.Coffey

    Prayers for the family. Knew Stan for a long time, great man. Stopped at my house and we had a long and good talk a few years back. He went to the same church I go to. He was my principal while I was in School in Orleans (class of 77). Will think of him a lot when I go by old school house.

  7. Nancy Downs

    You have our deepest sympathy,
    Nancy (Springer) and Roger Downs


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