Melvin Johnson

Melvin Johnson, 90, former longtime Glenburn area farmer died on Thursday, October 29, 2020 in a Minot nursing home.

Public Memorial Service: August 7, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Glenburn.

Melvin Richard was born on October 6, 1930 on the family farm in Tatman Township of Ward County near Glenburn, ND to Peter Rueben and Bergliot (Dahlstrom) Johnson.  He was raised on the family farm and attended Tatman Township School.  As a young adult he farmed with his father.  

Melvin married Hurdis Heilman of Minot on June 22, 1952 at Augustana Lutheran Church in Minot.  They made their home on the Johnson family farm where they raised small grains and cattle.  Also, Melvin drove school bus for the Glenburn School District for more than 30 years.  They moved to Glenburn in 1972, but continued to farm until he retired in 1984.  Hurdis died on May 18, 2016.  Most recently, Melvin had been a resident of Trinity Homes.

Melvin was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church – Glenburn and a member of the Moose Lodge in Minot where he and Hurdis enjoyed dancing.  He especially enjoyed playing horseshoes and became so proficient in local leagues that he competed at a National Tournament in Rapid City, SD.  Melvin was an excellent provider, a man of the earth who loved farming and his family.

Melvin’s loving family includes his children:  Cindy (Jeff) Bandt of Colorado Springs CO, Pastor Tim (Sarah) Johnson of Burnet TX and David (Nicolle) Johnson of Onalaska WI; grandchildren:  Joseph (Nao) Savelkoul, Joshua Savelkoul, Marshall (Kathy) Johnson, Mac (Brooke) Johnson, Angie (Rusty) Heinze, Brock Savelkoul, Nathan Johnson and Isaak Johnson; great grandchildren:  Asaiah, Isai and Hanna Savelkoul, Freya Johnson, Aria Johnson, Devin and DeAnna Heinze and Stella Savelkoul; sisters:  Dorothy  Gehring and Arlene Hodgeson and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, wife Hurdis, children:  Sharon Johnson, Anna Marie Savelkoul, and Mitch Johnson siblings:  Marie Will and Johnnie Johnson.

Visitation and Burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens will be for family only.

Public Memorial Service: August 7, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Glenburn.

Memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church – 300 Healy Street – Glenburn, ND  58740.

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