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Clifton E. Johnson, 86, passed away on August 21, 2021, at his home in Mission, TX.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., at Black River Lutheran Church, rural St. Hilaire, MN with Reverend Frank Ehling and Reverend Sheila Michaels officiating. Burial will be held at Black River Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, at the church.

Clifton E. Johnson was born July 1, 1935, in Pennington County, MN, to J. Edward and Edith (Scholin) Johnson. He was baptized and confirmed at Black River Lutheran Church.

On March 26, 1954, he was united in marriage to Patsy Rose Delude in Roseau, MN. Patsy passed away on March 2, 2009. Over the years, Clifton worked for Northwest Consolidated Breeders, Steiger Manufacturing, Hydra-Mac, Torque Manufacturing, Hartz Trucking, and Arctic Cat. He also owned both the Mobil gas station and Johnson Hardware in Thief River Falls, MN.

Clifton enjoyed competing in various rifle shooting sports and was an amateur ham radio operator. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, a lifetime member of the NRA and a lifetime member of Black River Lutheran Church, where he served as church council member.

On June 28, 2014, Clifton was united in marriage to Phyllis Clayton at Black River Lutheran Church.

Clifton is survived by his wife Phyllis, Mission, TX; children Ramona (Collin) Wickstrom, Chisholm, MN; Edie Johnson, Maple Grove, MN; Dallas (Arla) Johnson, Sequim, WA; Joel (Tammy) Johnson, Mooreton, ND; Lester (Teresa) Johnson, Foley, MN; son-in law Tom Ritter, Cheyenne, WY; grandchildren, April (Joshuah) Barker, Austin (Erin) Johnson, Amanda (Danny) Champlin, Cody Johnson, Corey (Shana) Lindeman, Amanda (Josh) Holte, Adam (Nea) Johnson, Gayle (Ben) Larson, Karl (Caitlin) Johnson; great grandchildren Kallin and Hannah Barker, Charlotte Johnson, Taylor and Lincoln Champlin, Baker and Oakley Lindeman, Levi, Natalie and Ellie Holte, Weston and Wyatt Johnson; sister-in-law Pearl Johnson; Phyllis’s children Douglas Clayton, David Clayton, Lisa Clayton, Lori (Clayton) Swantek; Phyllis’s grandchildren Trevor and Lindsey Clayton, Jessica Dudley, Shannon Evans, Ashleigh Burchard, Clayton and Kelsey Swantek; and great grandchildren Lily and Luke Dudley, Magnolia and Elliott Burchard, Crue, Beckham and Asher Graham; along with numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Clifton is preceded in death by his parents J. Edward and Edith Johnson, wife Patsy Johnson, daughter Roseann Ritter, granddaughter Sueann Wickstrom, brothers Irwin Johnson and Donovan Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.