Evans Funeral Home
"Compassionate Funeral Service"
Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
701.652.3003 or 701.947.2911
Secondary Number ~ 701.650.9937
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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