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April 11, 1982 – Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Service Information
Redby Center, Redby, MN
Saturday, March 9, 2013
1:00 PM

Visitation Information
Redby Center, Redby, MN
Thursday & Friday
Beginning at 4:00 PM

Duane Allen Johnson, age 30, of Redby, MN journeyed to the Spirit World on March 5, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.

He was born on April 11, 1982 in Red Lake, MN the son of Melvin Owens, Jr. and Brenda Johnson.

Duane grew up in Inver Grove Heights with his grandmother. He moved to Red Lake in the late 1980’s where he spent the rest of his life. He was a fun loving person who always took care of everyone around him. Even after his cancer diagnosis in 2011, he worried more about his family and friends than he did about himself.

He worked at various jobs over the years but his favorite was taking care of his grandmother and working at Headstart. He liked to cook, especially for his grandmother. He loved playing his games and being with his family and friends, especially his nieces and nephews. He loved having a “good time” with his family and friends. He fought the good fight for two years but his body got too tired. He never gave up, there were times but he stayed strong and fought for his family.

Duane is survived by his parents Melvin Owens Jr. and Brenda Johnson, brothers Thomas Owens and Melvin Owens III, sisters Sherri Johnson, Rachael Johnson, Lindsay Johnson, Terri Owens, Kari Owens, and Mary Owens, grandmother Margaret Johnson, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many special friends.

He is preceded in death by his grandfather Earl Johnson, grandparents Lucille and Melvin Owens Sr., uncle Roman Johnson, cousin Carlos “Andy” Morrison and special sister Sheila “Big Moe” Kingbird.

Funeral services for Duane Johnson will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Redby Community Center in Redby, MN at 1:00 PM.

All night wake services will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2013 and Friday, March 8, 2013 beginning at 4:00 PM at Redby Community Center in Redby, MN.

Interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Redby, MN

Casket Bearers will be Jason Graves, Joel Graves, Brian Graves, Andy Kingbird, Tom Owens, Melvin Owens III, Derek Johnson, Darin Johnson, Dan Johnson, John Thayer, Chris Morrison, Anthony Morrison, Jerry Stately, Bill Neadeau and Bruce Johnson. Alternates are Jerry Johnson, Zach Morrison, Gary Jackson, Brandon Jackson and Ricky Jackson.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be all of his sisters, Tracy Kingbird, Anna Johnson, Lis Johnson, Tesha Neadeau, Ashley Morrison, Trista Jackson, Dawn Graves, Holly Graves, Barry King, Mike Hill, Josh Stately, Brian Schoenborn, Jared Johnson, Kyle Stately, Tasha Brown, Ashley Brown and Darren King.

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN assisted the family with arrangements.

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