Roger Alan Johnson was born October 9, 1942, at Community Memorial Hospital in Sidney to Earl M. and Mildred (McMillen) Johnson.
Roger attended Midway Community School (a county school) Sidney High School and went to Weiser Heavy Equipment School, in Weiser, Idaho in 1960. This began his years of digging in the dirt
On June 3, 1961, he was united in marriage to Marthea Danielson, daughter of Dan and Ada Danielson. They were blessed with three children Kirk Ray, Mona Kaye, and Kim Winter Lee.
Roger was a simple man but also complex. He enjoyed many adventures. There were many hunting and fishing trips to western Montana with family and friends, a trip to Moose Mountain in Canada, fishing on the Snake River in Idaho, a trip to Las Vegas in 2016 with his wife, kids, and their partners. Many hours were spent at Tom Ochs’ fishing, chopping wood, visiting and drinking coffee. Lots of storytelling went on as well.
Roger owned and operated Johnson Excavation for several years. He built the M & R Trailer Court in Fairview and put in numerous waterlines for McKenzie County Grazing Association. Eventually, after his father, Earl M. Johnson, passed he moved Earl’s Agate Shop to Fairview, then after 4 years or so he moved it to the hill. He spent many hours hunting, buying, and cutting rocks. Roger liked having friends stop in to look at his treasures and the coffee pot was always on.
The last couple of years he renewed his interest in wood work. He was in the process of building a beautiful wood workshop to enjoy.
His last wish (after being diagnosed with lung cancer) was to go home to the hill in Fairview. Marthea was his primary caregiver with help from all the kids. Roger passed away at his home in Fairview on Thursday evening, April 11, 2019.
He is survived by: his wife, Marthea; son, Kirk Johnson (Kathy); daughters, Mona Beeman (Bob) and Kim Johnson (Derrek Meador); 8 grandkids, and 10 great grandkids.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Earl and Mildred, and sister, Ramona.
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