Marvin F. Johnson of St. Hilaire, MN, passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at Bethany Homes in Fargo, ND, at the age of 86.

Funeral Services will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday, April 2, 2021 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN, with Rev. Kristin Ostercamp officiating.  Burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls, MN.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM on Friday at the funeral home.

Marvin Frank Johnson was born on October 27, 1934 in Thief River Falls, MN, the son of Frank Christ and Viola (Woods) Johnson. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  Marvin attended country school in Grygla, MN, and graduated from the Ag School in Crookston, MN.

At age 16 Marvin enlisted with the United States Navy.  He was honorably discharged after serving four years.  Marvin was stationed at Norfolk, VA, and while there he met Lillie Fogleman.  In 1953 Marvin and Lillie were united in marriage in Richmond, VA.  To that union four children were born – Rick, Gary, Dianne, and Kathi.  While living in Virginia Marvin worked for the Railroad and in the Real Estate Industry.

In the mid-60’s the family moved back to Minnesota.  Marvin worked in sales for Detroiter Homes in Red Lake Falls.  In the later 60’s Marvin and his family moved to Bemidji and he worked for Dave Walters in sales.  In 1974 they made their home in Thief River Falls where he worked in sales at Hydra-Mac.  Marvin owned and operated Northern Insulation.  After selling his business he designed, manufactured and sold mechanics creepers. 

Following retirement Marvin moved to Fertile, MN, and made his home there for several years.  In his older years he moved to St. Hilaire, MN, to be close to his family.

Marvin enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, watching the news and stock market.  He enjoyed his excursions to Medora and the Wood Tick Theatre.

Marvin was a lifetime member of the American Legion.

Marvin is survived by his children, Rick Johnson of Thief River Falls, MN, Gary Johnson (Shannah Guenthner) of St. Hilaire, MN, Dianne (Larry) Seurer of Thief River Falls, MN, and Kathi Hermanson of Thief River Falls, MN; grandchildren, Brian Johnson, Kristina Shivers, Matthew Johnson, Kiah Brantner, Nicholas Johnson, Jessica (Shane) Myhre, Mitchell (Connie) Loe, Brandy Hermanson (Chris Lawrence), and Ryan (Emily) Hermanson; great-grandchildren, Greyson Shivers, Jackson, Jaden, and Bella Brantner, Delilah, Xavier, Eviana Johnson, Tyler Loe, Chloe and Gabe Myhre, Lena Loe, Evan and Tucker Hermanson, and Cooper, Austin, and Jordyn Lawrence; brothers, Marland (Sharon) Johnson of Thief River Falls, MN, and Marty (Dana) Dirks of San Francisco, California; several nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his ex-wife, Lillie; his parents; several uncles, and great-granddaughter, Maci Lawrence.