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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Norbert Johnson: 1925-2009


My dad died this morning in his sleep at Covenant Village, Golden Valley Minnesota. His death came as relief and release from a body that was no longer his friend. Parkinson's disease robbed him of the ability to walk and eat and drink. So today I am working on writing an obituary for my father. As I scanned my photos of him this morning, it was this one above, of him in his study in their apartment in Golden Valley, surrounded by his books, candle, stacks of pens and papers. His was a life of books and authors, ideas and insights. He shaped me and my brother as pastors and gave me an appreciation for beauty and humor, music and the outdoors.
Plans are still be discussed about the funeral service and I will post them when it's official. Peace to his memory!

7 Comments:

At 12:50 PM , Blogger simplicity said...

I am so sorry for your loss Don.

 
At 1:25 PM , Blogger James R Hawkinson said...

We grieve alongside you, Don, and the whole family, but not as those without hope.

"The wilderness and dry land shall blossom as a rose..." The Lord has promised and he is faithful.

You dad's was a full and fruitful life. It's influence will gon on in the lives of many more than even he knew. We are all in his debt.

 
At 10:04 PM , Blogger edmele said...

Hi Don, I just logged in to see if you had anything to say about the fires. And found the notice of your dear Dad's homegoing. I saw him at Christmas at the Village and realized how frail he had become. I pray for peace and comfort for you and your MOm and family. He leaves a legacy of faith and comittment to the Lord's work. Eleanor

 
At 6:36 AM , Anonymous Grace W Heinrich said...

Dear Don,

I learned of your father's death via the covchurch email this morning. I googled his name to learn how he left a mark on the internet. Pastor Stacey Littlefield quoted him in "A Sermon in Wood" which was so descriptive of his life with our Lord.

Then I found your blog...

Your father's ministry had such impact on our family in the fourteen years he served at First Cov/Saint Paul. Beginning with Linda's baptism and through Laurie & Lana's confirmations. Then as he served in Chicago and your grandmother resided at Covenant Home while Lana was the administrator. Your father took the time in his busy schedule to write a beautiful letter to describe Lana's work.

Then I was so blessed to have him return to Saint Paul and serve as interim pastor in a very difficult time in my life.

His burning a candle while reading God's word has reminded us of the holiness of the opportunity. I know others have imitated him to reach his level of his relationship with God.

I am so grateful to God for allowing Norbert E. Johnson's life to have intersected with mine.

May God be with you as you work out the details of his memorial service. I look forward to seeing you there.

Blessings always,
Grace W Heinrich

 
At 10:22 AM , Blogger though love be a day and life nothing; it shall not stop kissing. said...

Dear Don, Ken and I are deeply saddened by the passing of your father. We loved him so very much. You are in our prayers as this coupled with the fires must be a surreal time for you. We praise God that Norb is now with his savior, healed and joyous. We are praying for all our dear friends and loved ones in SB. Thank you for your blog and updates. Blessings, Ken & Patty Noreen

 
At 5:43 PM , Anonymous Bob Larson said...

Very sorry for your loss, Don. Your dad was a wonderful person!

requiescat in pace.

pax tecum.

Bob

 
At 7:44 PM , Blogger E Erickson said...

Don, I just saw the headline about the fires, and checked your blog, where I now see that your father has passed on. I'm sorry for the loss, yet grateful that the disease will not cause him or your family any more suffering. I still think of the ironic association I have with him/Salem. I'm blessed to have heard such wisdom from you both in my lifetime. I hope my Grandparents are giving him a WARM welcome above!!! Imagine the greeting of all the people he knows! Blessings & condolences. Ellyn Erickson & family
(Please share my peace with your mom, from Albert Hedell's granddaughter - the rice pudding man in Omaha, NE)

 

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