Lavern Arnold ‘Vern’ Johnson


Lavern Arnold ‘Vern’ Johnson

November 4, 1928 – May 3, 2022


Vern Johnson of Bismarck, North Dakota passed away peacefully May 3, 2022, in his Prairie Pointe home.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church, Bismarck, ND.  A Livestream of the Service will be available on the Bismarck Funeral Home Facebook page.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 13, 2022, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Bismarck Funeral Home, with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM.

Born November 4, 1928, in Makoti, North Dakota, Vern was the son of Simon O. and Elvira (Larson) Johnson. Vern enlisted in the Army after graduating high school and served in the Occupation Army of Japan. Upon his return home, Vern attended North Dakota Agricultural College, now known as NDSU where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. It was at NDSU that he met the love of his life, Barbara Snyder, to whom he would be married for more than 60 years.

Vern was a career employee of the J.I. Case Company. He was a 70-year member of the Elks Club and a member of El Zagal Shrine. An avid outdoorsman, Vern looked forward to his annual hunting trips and fishing with his grandchildren at his cabin on Pelican Lake in Minnesota. Vern was a member at the First Presbyterian Church of Bismarck.

Vern had no greater joy than his family. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather. He had a kind heart, hearty laugh and an infectious smile. He enjoyed traveling the world with his family, but when at home in Bismarck or at his lake home in Minnesota, he was a generous host to his friends and family.

Survivors include his sons, David W. Johnson (Julie) of Matthews, NC and Bradley P. Johnson (Gayle) of Richmond, VA; a sister, Verna L. Johnson of Harvey, ND; Six grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Vern was predeceased by his wife Barbara Snyder Johnson, an infant daughter, his parents and a brother, Stanton E. ‘Bud’ Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Parish Nurse Fund at the First Presbyterian Church of Bismarck.


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