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Gregory Nils Johnson, age 69, died Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at the CHI St. Alexis Health Center, Carrington. His wife, daughter, son, and sister surrounded him with love and comfort.

Greg was born on January 23, 1952, at Hot Springs, South Dakota.  His parents were Glen and Delores Johnson of Rugby, North Dakota.

He attended the University of North Dakota and graduated from Valley City State University where he played basketball. While attending VCSU, he belonged to the Tau Sig Fraternity where he gained many life- long friends.

Greg and Renee were united in marriage in Rugby, North Dakota on August 30, 1975.  They were blessed with two children: Ann and Kyle. Greg taught at Goodrich, North Dakota and then finished his teaching at Carrington High School.  He coached football, girls and boys basketball, and boys and girls golf.  He was also Athletic Director and the Class B State Golf tournament manager.  He taught geography, social studies, health, and physical education.

After retiring, Greg could be found at the Cross Roads Golf Course either mowing grass or golfing.  His other hobbies were cooking, gardening, fishing, hunting, and visiting his friends in the neighborhood.  He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren: Ben, Addie, Camden, and Sawyer.

Greg was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2018.  He challenged cancer and was cancer free.  In December of 2020, another cancer was found and again he beat it.  He had a strong will to live but the summer of 2021 was the worst. This weakened his body but not his spirit. He spent 38 days at the Sanford South Medical Center and six days at home at the CHI St. Alexius Health Center.

Greg is survived by his wife Renee, daughter Ann (Jason Gustafson) children: Benjamin and Adeline of Fargo, son Kyle (fiancée Brittany Schlosser) children: Camden and Sawyer Schlosser of Mandan, sister Kathy (Fred Bonn) of Rugby, mother-in-law Mae Hinrichs, Lidgerwood, a brother-in-law Wayne Hinrichs (Linda) of Lidgerwood, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law Harley Hinrichs.

His Visitation will be Friday, from Noon-7:00PM with family present from 5:00PM -7:00PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

Greg’s Funeral Service will be held Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 10:30AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington.

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36 Comments

  1. Sending my prayers and sympathies to all the family! Greg and Craig are the greatest friends and probably reunited again!

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  2. I’m so sorry to hear of Gregg’s passing – I think the world of him and his family and send prayers for you all! RIP Moose 😢❤️

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  3. So sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. He was a wonderful guy and high school classmate.

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  4. Sorry to hear of Greg’s passing, my sincere sympathies to Greg’s Family and Friends.

    Greg was my Cousin, my Friend, and my Class of 70 Classmate.

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  5. Prayers for family and beloved classmate.

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  6. One of my all time favorite teachers. He will be missed.

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  7. Greg touched many lives and will be missed. Your family is very much in our prayers!♥️

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  8. Great teacher, and a great guy. I would always run into Greg at the grocery store, and we’d talk a bit. I always addressed him as “Mr. Johnson”…. one day, about 10 years ago, after a conversation, as I turned to leave, I said something like, “see you later Mr. Johnson.”, and without missing a beat, he said, ” You can call me Greg, Mike” Tremendous respect for him. Rest easy, Greg.

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  9. We are so sorry for your loss. Greg was a good neighbor & a good guy. He will be missed in our neighborhood. Our love & prayers for Renee, Ann & Kyle & their families.
    Steve & Jane Metzger

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  10. Greg will be missed by all who knew him. He was a great teammate and Tau Sig brother. Sharon and I express our condolences to Renee and family. So sorry to hear of his passing. Best wishes to Renee and family.

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  11. Sending condolences and hugs to the Johnson family. We were lucky to grow up in the same neighborhood. My most memorable Mr. Johnson line from PE: Run til I’m tired!”

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  12. Renee, Ann, Kyle and family
    I’m so sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. He was one of the best. I loved him as our teacher. He acted all tough but had a soft spot for the girls when it came to PE. All of the memories of him will always stay alive and close to our hearts, as we share in your loss with friendship and love. May peace and comfort be brought to your family during this big loss of a wonderful husband, father and friend. May God hold you close and help you through this difficult time.

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  13. Greg Johnson was a great teacher….always kind! My sympathies to his family and may he Rest In Peace.

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  14. We send our condolences and prayers to the Johnson family. Greg was such a great guy. He will be missed. R.I.P. Greg.

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  15. My heart goes out to you all.
    Coaching golf was the catalyst to meeting the Johnsons.
    Greg was an excellent coach and manager/host for golf in Carrington. He was a genuine person. We all were greatly Thankful for him.
    I in particular always enjoyed visiting with both Greg and Renee.
    I do know he was so proud of you all … he loved his family.
    God Bless his memory and God Bless all of you.

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  16. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I will always remember Greg’s dry sense of humor he used with me either on the basketball court or at Tau Sigs events. Cherish your memories.

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  17. What special memories we have of Moose (and Renee)! The Tau Sigs have a bond that goes deep. Many, many great memories are shared and talked about often! Moose did not talk a lot but his grin spoke volumes! We are sure Moose and Murph are together and the stories are flowing!
    Moose fought hard and made his prayer warriors proud! He’ll be missed by many!

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  18. The Seaburg Family is so sorry for your loss. May the wings of angles comfort you. Mr. Johnson is and always be a wonderful soul.

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  19. Thoughts and prayers for the whole family! Greg was a awesome teacher and coach. He was an even better guy! He will be greatly missed!!!

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  20. Renee, Ann, Kyle and families
    I was so sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. Visiting with several of my classmates, everyone thought highly of him as a teacher and coach. I certainly enjoyed visiting with him whenever he was in the store, sometimes it was two or three times a day!!
    Will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult time.

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  21. Condolences to all the family. He was a great man. I remember him being such an amazing coach during golf in high school. Always wanted the best for everyone and pushed us to be that. Truly missed and remembered.

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  22. My condolences to the Johnson Family. Remember Greg and Renee during their years in Goodrich. RIP Greg.

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  23. So very Sorry to hear about Greg’s passing!! Hugs and Prayers for the family. I know mom appreciated everything he did for her

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  24. So sorry to hear of Greg’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Renee and family.

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  25. Renee and family…so sorry to hear about Greg…what a great person…from being a family man to coaching to a great friend. It was nice to visit with you guys the last time I came through Carrington.

    Will remember the great times of hanging with him and the rest of the softball crew and out golfing and the times of having a few cocktails or so.

    He will be misssed….what a great person. RIP my friend (Moose)

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  26. So sorry for your loss, may all your memories bring you comfort. God bless the Johnson family.

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  27. Renae and family, Steve and I send our deepest condolences on the loss of Greg. We remember him as a teacher and coach to our kids, who like us thought so very highly of him. May God’s love and mercy be with you as you go through this difficult time.
    Steve and Kari Janz

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  28. We moved back to Carrington, ND. in June of 1975 and got to know Greg through softball and as time went on we had similar hobbies; hunting, fishing, golf, etc. . We had a couple of fishing trips we were both on, Canada and Pick City, ND.-Garrison Dam. I was always glad to bump into Greg just to visit and reminisce old times. We will miss Greg very much. He was a good man and friend. We are deeply sorry for the family’s loss and may God Bless You All. Life seems like it can be very short-we’re glad we got to know Greg.

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  29. Renee and family, So sorry for your loss. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

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  30. RIP Coach, and prayers to the Mrs. You were always wonderful!

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  31. Mr Johnson was one of those teachers/coaches that helped mold many of us into better adults. I was lucky enough to have Mrs J as a teacher as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!!

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  32. My thoughts and prayers are with Greg’s family. He was a class of ’70 classmate. I always enjoyed visiting with him years back when our sons had athletic events in Carrington.

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  33. Renee, Ann and Kyle,
    So sorry!
    Greg was a wonderful person and a GREAT friend! We have so many fond memories of Greg, Renee, Ann and Kyle! He will forever hold a special spot in our heart!
    Rest In Peace our friend!
    God Bless!

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  34. Renee and family. Hugs during these tough times. Nic was talking to me about Greg and his dry sense of humor. He expressed much respect. Mr. Johnson: “okay start running” How long Mr. Johnson?” “Till I get tired!” “But you’re not running Mr. Johnson” Nic laughs as he remembers one of many encounters. Blessings Renee, Ann & Kyle.

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  35. Sorry to hear of Greg’s passing.
    I met Greg while he was going to VCSC and we called him Moose.
    Played softball against him later when he moved to Carrington.
    Heck of a guy and a good person too.
    God bless him and his family!

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  36. Renee, Ann & Kyle ~
    We were very sad to here about Greg and especially sorry that we were unable to be at his services.
    ((( HUGS)))
    So many good memories of our yrs as neighbors, softball games/tournaments & friends.
    RIP Moose.. you’ll be missed by many.

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