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November 1, 1934 – January 9, 2022

Arden Ronald Johnson, age 87, of Cokato, MN passed away on January 9th at the Gardens of Winsted.

He was born on November 1, 1934 in Sisseton, SD the son of Lester and Gladys (German) Johnson.

Arden graduated from Peever, SD High School and later attended North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, MN.

Arden Johnson and Berdine Wartenbee were joined in holy marriage in Watertown, SD on February 26, 1955.  God blessed their marriage with four children.

He worked at Minnesota Rubber and Gasket for several years, and then worked for the US Postal Service, eventually becoming the Postmaster in Winsted for many years before retiring.

Arden enjoyed construction. He went on several construction missions trips.

Arden was also a very active member of the Assembly of God Church in Cokato.

Arden had his private pilot’s license and built two airplanes.  He also enjoyed buying low-milage cars that had been in an accident and fixing them up.

Arden is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Berdine; sons Rick (Diane) Johnson of Sacramento, CA, Mark (Becky) Johnson of St. Cloud, MN and Bryan (Sheri) Johnson of Dassel, MN; son-in-law Al Jones of Cokato, MN; ten grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren.

Arden was the oldest of ten children and is further survived by two brothers and six sisters. He was preceded in death by a daughter Pam Jones; twin grandsons; his parents and brother Dwayne.

Funeral services for Arden Johnson will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Highland Community Church in Cokato.  Pastors Harlan Wartenbee and Al Jones will officiate.  Interment at Sylvan Cemetery, rural Cokato.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 19th at Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted 5 PM until 7 PM.  Further visitation will be held on Thursday, January 20th at the church one hour prior to services.

Casket bearers will be Matthew Johnson (grandson), Bo Johnson (grandson), Bradley Barthel (grandson-in-law), Zander Barthel (great grandson), Lance Stenck (grandson-in-law), Jarrid Lemke (grandson-in-law), Joshua Garland (grandson-in-law) and Mike Yonker (nephew).

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN is assisting the family with arrangements.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Chuck Thiel

    Berdine and family: My condolences. I have fond memories of your family beginning with the Hopkins Post Office Christmas Party Arden booked us for many years ago. Mark, Bryan and Pam were great kids at LPHS. Pam was one of my first seventh graders. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Jan and Glenn Kuck

    So sorry to hear of Arden’s passing. He was such a good guy. I’m sure the Angels are happy to have him in their mist.
    Our prayers are with you, Berdine, and family.


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