Kent "Hans" Ray Johnson

July 25, 1947 ~ February 28, 2019 (age 71)


Kent “Hans” Ray Johnson died February 28, 2019, peacefully at home after a 17-month battle with esophageal cancer and now dwells with our Lord.  A celebration of Kent’s life will be Saturday, March 9th at 3:00 p.m. at the Motley Free Methodist Church, Pastor Jim Johnson will officiate.  Friends and family are welcome 1 hour prior to service.   Interment will be at Wildwood Cemetery in Pillager later this spring.

Hans was born July 25, 1947 in Des Moines, Iowa, and then adopted by Herschel & Adean (Mehus) Johnson. He always was thankful for the life his parents gave him. He was raised on a farm in Belmond, Iowa, which he later farmed after graduating from Iowa State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. He retired from Fleet Farm Sporting Goods in Baxter after 15 years.  Kent enjoyed fishing, golfing, keeping his lawn beautiful, feeding the wild birds, and planting flower gardens.  He loved spending time with his children & grandchildren and was proud of each one! He was 1st Vice President of his local Lions club and attended the neighborhood boys’ club 3 o’clock meetings where they solved world problems.  Hans loved life and to laugh, often telling his favorite jokes at gatherings.

Kent is survived by his wife, Cathy of Pillager; daughters, Angie Oestreich (Craig Oestreich) of Hutchinson and Aimee Lunde (Chris) of Ames Iowa; three “embraced” children, Jody Fore of Pine River, Joshua (Kacee) Griffith of Pequot Lakes, and Sarah Griffith, of Pillager; five grandsons, Quentin, Kyle, Alex, Connor, and Brennan; seven “embraced” grandchildren, Cassie, Ezra, Dalton, Kammy, Allie, Katlyn and Joel; sister, Luann (Bob) Johnson, of Urbandale, Iowa; nephews Eric (Julia) of Iowa & Alex (Becky) of Texas; lifelong friend, Paul (Char) Rokke of Belmond, Iowa; cousin, Bruce (Helen) Mehus, of Indiana, PA, and other relatives;  in- laws; and many, many great friends.   Kent recently met his birth sister, Charlene Lancaster of Buhl, Texas, and birth brother Roger Schneckloth, of Shelby, Iowa.  Kent is preceded in death by his parents.



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