Kenneth Arthur Johnson

Kenneth Arthur Johnson

FAIRMONT — A funeral service for Kenneth Arthur Johnson, 81, of Fairmont, will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Fairmont. Visitation with a light luncheon will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the church, with a masonic service to be held at 1 p.m.

Kenneth passed away Thursday evening, Aug. 24, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont.

Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Kenneth Arthur Johnson was born Nov. 1, 1935, in Kossuth County, Iowa, to Arthur and Bernice Johnson. Kenneth was baptized into the Methodist Church in Swea City, Iowa, where he was also later confirmed. He attended school in Swea City and was a member of FFA and played baseball. Kenneth was a member of the 1953 graduating class from Swea City High School.

Following his high school graduation, he began work as a carpenter. On Aug. 16, 1959, Kenneth was united in marriage to Shirley Smith. Kenneth and Shirley made their loving home together in Fairmont and were blessed with two children, Tim and Patty.

Kenneth was a member of the Martin County Conservation Club, the Masonic Lodge, the International Union of Bricklayers and the Allied Craft Workers, where he received his 50-year membership certificate.

Kenneth was also a faithful member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Fairmont. In 1999, Kenneth officially retired from being a bricklayer and stone mason, but continued to practice his craft up until he was 78.

He was an avid sportsman and went on many hunting and fishing trips. He loved his family and was especially proud of his three grandchildren.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Shirley (Smith) Johnson; son, Tim (Brenda) Johnson; daughter, Patty (Todd) Monsen; grandchildren, Eric Johnson, Meghan Monsen and Parker Monsen; many special nieces, nephews and friends; and his furry friends, Milo and Charlie.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Bernice Johnson; brother, Allan Johnson; mother and father-in-law, Rex and Ethel Smith; many close friends and family.