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Arni D. Johnson
Arni D. Johnson, 88, of Cavalier, ND passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015 at the Pembina County Memorial Hospital, Cavalier, ND. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Brigid of Ireland Catholic Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 29th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND. Visitation at the church for one hour before the time of services. Burial will be held at the St. Ellen's Cemetery, rural Cavalier, ND. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Mountain Community Center.
Arni was born January 16, 1927, to Wilfred and Gudrun (Johannson) Johnson on the family farm, near Hallson, ND. He attended the Beaulieu Township School #6 and graduated from Cavalier High School. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned to the Cavalier-Hallson area where he farmed. He was also a co-owner of the PAR Bar and active on various boards in the area. Things he enjoyed were playing cards, poker, and hunting.
On July 19, 1948, he married Dolores Gaffney at Cavalier and they were married for 62 years. Dolores passed away on February 3, 2011.
He is survived by his children: Holly (Larry) Puppe, Hensel, ND and Kelly (Jean) Johnson, Cavalier; grandchildren: Brian (Allison) Puppe, Edwards, CO, Megan Puppe, Fargo, ND, Evyn Johnson and Jarret Johnson, both of Cavalier, ND; great-grandchildren: August Puppe, and Benjamin Puppe; siblings: Stephan (Rita) Johnson, Martinez, CA, Patricia Kay (Robert) Olson, Glasston, ND, Ruth (Ken) Nielsen, Lindstrom, MN, Donald (Judy) Johnson, Cavalier.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; son, Dirk Johnson; grandson, Wade Puppe; siblings: W.B. Johnson, Jr. and Corliss Gudmundson.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family today... I wish I was there to celebrate Arni's life and to share the memories. My deepest condolences :(
Jared Wolf Jul 30 2015 12:00 AM
Holly and Kelly, I am so sorry for your loss.
Regina Stevenson Jul 29 2015 12:00 AM
Our thoughts & prayers are with you all in this time of remembrance of Arni. Such a NICE man!
Allen & Cindy Anderson Jul 29 2015 12:00 AM
Holly, Kelly and Families, I have nothing but amazing memories of Uncle Arni and Aunt Delores. I laugh when I think of our times at the farm and all of the jokes, fun and BBQ's. Our deepest sympathy and love. Kristy Johnson-Minka and Family
Kristy Johnson-Minka Jul 29 2015 12:00 AM
I am so sorry for you loss. I would see Arnie at my Grandpa Bev's farm. I really enjoyed having coffee with those 2 and visiting. He sure was a neat man.
Alison Steinolfson Raheem Jul 29 2015 12:00 AM
Kelly, Holly and families. So sorry to hear about your dad. He had such a personality, I always loved visiting with him. I am thankful to have known him. My thoughts are with you as you remember such a great man. Dawn
Kris and Dawn Falk Jul 29 2015 12:00 AM
So sorry to here of the loss of you father. Never easy to lose a parent...prayers of strength, peace and comfort
Mary Hurtt Jul 29 2015 12:00 AM
Kelly and Family, So sorry to hear about your Dad. I know you will miss him dearly. God Bless!
Jamie Stockton Dodd Jul 28 2015 12:00 AM
Holly, Kelly and families- We are so sorry to hear of Arni's passing, you are all in our thoughts and prayers! We would like to be there, but are unable as we now live in Florida to be closer to Derek. Arni was a great person, we are so blessed to have worked and live near him and Dolores in N.D. John +Jill
John and Jill Gaffney Jul 28 2015 12:00 AM
Holly and family, my heart breaks for all of you. Losing a dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, uncle is sad. I pray that your memories of him will comfort you in the time ahead. Hugs and blessings, Audrey
Audrey Ouhl Jul 28 2015 12:00 AM