Ole Johnson

Ole Johnson was 87 years old, when he passed away on January 30, 2019, at St Francis Regional Medical Center, in Shakopee, MN. He was a long-time resident of Prior Lake, MN.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 3, from 1-4 pm, at Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation 4565 Pleasant Street SE, Prior Lake and one hour prior to the Mass of Christian Burial Monday, February 4, at 11 am, at St Michael Catholic Church 16311 Duluth Avenue SE, Prior Lake. Father Jim Van Dorn will preside, with family acting as pall bearers. Military honors will be provided by the Prior Lake VFW Honor Guard. Ole will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, in Minneapolis, MN.

In Minneapolis, MN on January 16, 1932, Olaf Cliford was born to Albert and Olga (Nelsrud) Johnson. From his very first breath, he beat the odds, born premature. The doctors said he would not live, but Ole’s mother said otherwise. He was the baby brother to Arnie, Kenny, Jimmy, Mert, and Paul. Ole enjoyed playing trumpet in the school band and participating in gymnastics. He graduated from Minneapolis South High School.

Ole worked some odd jobs before he entered the United States Army. Ole proudly served his country, landing in Korean on Armistice Day. Returning from the service, he worked for Minneapolis Moline for many years. Ole then accepted a job at Bor-Son Company. Over the next 30 years, he proved to be a valued employee earning the position of superintendent, where he retired

At the age of 18, Ole’s co-worker introduced him to a beautiful young woman, Mary Darlene Butler, age 16. It was her grandpa that said to Ole, “I have someone you need to meet!” It just so happened to be Valentine’s Day. Ole asked Mary Darlene on a date. He presented her that night with a box of chocolates and they spent the evening at the movie theater. The rest of the story was history. They were married on February 24, 1954 in Mason City, Iowa and shared the next 64 years as husband and wife. Ole and Mary Darlene welcomed into their arms children of Carolyn, Becky, James and Darla.

The family first settled their roots in South Minneapolis, MN. In 1970, Ole purchased land in Prior Lake. His extended family thought he was crazy buying this property. However, Ole was determined to prove them wrong, he wanted to be a farmer! So, Ole first built a home and then later buildings to support the chickens, cows, ponies and sheep that he bought. He was so proud of being a hobby farmer, especially the countless hours driving the tractor in the field!

Ole lived a simple, yet full life. He and Mary Darlene enjoyed rode trips to visit family and traveling, especially to Hawaii, Florida, California and Jerusalem. Ole loved experiencing the wilderness in Canada, hunting moose, ducks and geese, along with many fishing excursions. He also enjoyed elk hunting in Idaho. Ole was committed to his community. He dedicated time assisting disabled veterans to and from appointments. For many decades, Ole honored fellow veterans in the Prior Lake Honor Guard.  Through the years, he was a member of the Savage American Legion and a longtime member of the Prior Lake VFW.

Ole’s had amazing morals and values. He was successful, hardworking, and resourceful. Ole was genuine, kindhearted, and loyal. He was a supportive and loving husband, dad and grandpa. Ole’s legacy will continue to live on in his wife of 64 years, Mary Darlene; son, James (Jill) Johnson; daughters, Carolyn (Leo) Ganser, Becky (Michael Anderson) Johnson, Darla (Jim Tauer) Johnson; many, many grandchildren and great grandchildren; other family and friends.

There to welcome Ole home in eternal peace are his parents, Albert and Olga: siblings, Arnie (Inger) Johnson, Kenny Johnson, Jimmy (Ethel Mae) Johnson, Mert (Ralph) Johnson and Paul Johnson.

Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation proudly served and cared for the Johnson family.


Offer Condolence for the family of Ole Johnson

Print Obituary & Condolences Print Obituary & Condolences

Condolence Messages

  1. Dearest Darlene. I was so heartbroken when I received your call about Ole. I have such very fond memories of you both of breakfasts at the Savage Legion, Burger nite, Taco nite, Senior dinner, and functions at the Prior Lake VFW. He was a true friend to me and especially to his best friend Harlan. I know Ole was loved by his many friends at the Legion and VFW. My heart goes out to you and your family. Love, hugs, and prayers to you all. Trish Zimmerman

  2. Darlene
    So sorry for your loss. You have always been one of the fun couples I lived to run into at the vf or a good garage sale! You will be in my thoughts and prayers

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Ole will be missed by very many people. Prayers for you Darlene and your entire family.

  4. Susie Cates Mahowald


    I am so sorry for your great loss. Ole was a wonderful man and will be missed dearly. I’m sure that his old buddy “Dick Cates” was there to welcome Ole with a great big smile. Darlene, you and your family are in my heart, thoughts, and prayers.

  5. Eileen Loftus Kelly

    My thoughts and prayers to you Darlene, Jimmy and the Johnson Family.

  6. Rita & Jack Molumby

    Darlene & family,
    So sorry for your loss. Ole will be missed by many. I’m sure my Dad (Myles Mares) greeted him with a beer & deck of cards. They were good friends. You & your family are in our thoughts & prayers.

  7. Ray Scherer and Susie McNeal

    Darlene And Family, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. God sure gained a wonderful soul. So many memories of Ray and Jim working pancake breakfast with him.
    I loved to join him for a cup of coffee in the morning at the VFW. Many memories of our brother Kenny hunting your land.

  8. Sorry to hear of Ole passing away. Prayers for you and family.

  9. Darlene, we were so sorry to hear of Olies passing. Olie was such a sweet and gentle person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know our Lord is with you now and always. Love Jan And John Legut

  10. Sorry to here of Olies. passing. My. Prayers are with you and. Family

  11. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.


Leave Your Condolence

Please share your message of condolence with the family, It will be visible to the public but your email address will not be published. Required fields (*)


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.