Shorty ‘Harold’ Johnson

Shorty Johnson (81) entered into the presence of Jesus peacefully, on February 2nd, 2021, in Kalispell, MT. His last few weeks were spent with his wife, daughters, and grandkids by his side. Shorty was born to Nelse and Helen Johnson in Altura, MN, September 28th, 1939. Shorty, the youngest of 5 children, grew up in Weaver, MN fishing, hunting and working hard. We won’t say he attended school, at least not when the fish were calling, but he did graduate from Winona High School.
He married the love of his life, Louise Johnson in 1962. During the early years of their marriage, Shorty and Louise traveled to many states while Shorty worked in TV construction. Their oldest daughter Shirley was born in Florida. After seven years of being away from family, they were delighted to move back to Kellogg, MN where their daughter Karen was born and two years later, Vicki. He worked at Gould in Lake City for 10 years as a machinist and then 20 years at IBM in Rochester.
There were two things that Shorty was, a family man and Mr. Sunshine. He valued family more than anything. There was never a family event that Shorty did not attend. For Shorty, there was always a reason to keep smiling. He believed life was too short to complain or not to smile. A favorite memory for all of the kids and grandkids, was Papa Shorty singing, “You are my Sunshine ”. His great grand-daughter was privileged to be the last one of whom Papa serenaded.
Shorty loved the outdoors. Over the years Shorty enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, and spending time with Panda, Snorky and Lucy (his dogs.) Shorty was a talented wood-worker. He crafted chairs, hutches, beds, and bookshelves, only to give them away to those he loved.
Shorty was preceded in death by his mother Helen (when Shorty was 2), father Nelse, sister Louella, brothers Butch and Everett, daughter Shirley, grandson Jamie and many in-laws. Shorty is survived by his dear wife Louise of 59 years, sister Lois, daughters Karen (Layne) Benson, Vicki (Caz) Johnson-Calzadilla, 16 grandchildren and their spouses, three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.
Condolences can be sent to Louise Johnson, 710 Stone St. Kalispell, MT 59901. A Celebration of Life will be held in Kellogg, MN in the spring.


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