AMerican Veteran 11

Richard A. Johnsrud

November 19, 1942 ~ October 3, 2019 (age 76)

Obituary

Funeral Services for Richard “Dick” Johnsrud of Ashby, MN will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday, October 8, 2019,  at Peace Lutheran Church in Ashby, MN, with Reverend Marcus Kuntz officiating.  Visitation will be Monday, October 7th from 4pm to 7pm, with a prayer service at 7pm, at the Peace Lutheran Church and one hour prior to service at the church.  Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery by Little Falls in a private ceremony.

Richard Allen Johnsrud was born on November 19, 1942 in Starbuck, Minnesota to Roy and Clara (Fehsefeldt) Johnsrud.  He was raised on a dairy farm in rural Starbuck. Richard attended and graduated from Starbuck high school in 1960.  He was baptized and confirmed at St John’s Lutheran Church in rural Starbuck.  Following his schooling, Richard enlisted in the U.S. Army.  Through the Army and National Guard, Richard retired a 27 year veteran of the military.

While stationed at Fort Richardson in Anchorage Alaska, March 11, 1967 Richard was united in Marriage to Mary Ann Abel from Hoffman MN. To this union, four children were born. 

Richard’s love of agriculture and interest in “big equipment” allowed him many great experiences throughout his life.   Some of these experiences included eastern Montana grain farming, harvesting wheat on the high plains of Oklahoma and Kansas, and working with some of his local area grain farmers.

Music was a big part of Richard’s life.  He loved “old time” music and performed for many years in several area bands.   One of his most frequent roles was the dancing bass horn player for “The Country Drifters” out of Perham MN.   He was quite a regular at all the local dance halls.  Richard always played without the aid of sheet music as he claims he never “learned to read it”.

Richard was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Ashby, Minnesota.  He was also a member of the Ashby American Legion. 

Richard passed away on Thursday, October  3, 2019, at the Ashby Assisted Living Center.  He lived to 77 years of age.

He is survived by his wife: Mary Johnsrud of Ashby; four children: Michelle {Missy} (Jeff) Evavold, Troy (Danza) Johnsrud, Paul Johnsrud and Jill (Jeremy) Evavold. Grandchildren: Sheyenne & Emily Evavold; Christopher (Alyssa) and Gregory McPike, Benjamin, Jonathan & Jenna Johnsrud; Elli Jo and Ethan Johnsrud; Jeannette, Abbigal (Abbi), Lillian (Lilly) and Avery Evavold. Great-grandchildren Calan & Kolbein Farley. Siblings: Emily Gullickson and Bob (Sandy) Johnsrud of Glenwood and sisters-in-law Anna Johnsrud of Paynesville and Adeline Johnsrud of Starbuck; numerous beloved brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and cousin Bill Marth of Herman.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents:  Roy & Clara; mother/father-in-law Dan & Jeannette Abel, brothers Jackie & Kenny; his twin sister Ruth Dordan and brother-in-law Ivan Gullickson

Richard is preceded in death by his parents:  Roy & Clara; mother/father-in-law Dan & Jeannette Abel, brothers Jackie & Kenny; his twin sister Ruth Dordan and brother-in-law Ivan Gullickson


Dick's Memorial Folder

Services

Visitation
Monday
October 7, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Peace Lutheran Church
306 Larson Avenue
Ashby, MN 56309

Prayer Service
Monday
October 7, 2019

7:00 PM
Peace Lutheran Church
306 Larson Avenue
Ashby, MN 56309

Visitation
Tuesday
October 8, 2019

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Peace Lutheran Church
306 Larson Avenue
Ashby, MN 56309

Memorial Service
Tuesday
October 8, 2019

10:30 AM

Interment

Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery - Little Falls
15550 Hwy 115
Little Falls, MN 56345

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