Donald Ruel Johnson - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

August 4, 1928 - September 11, 2021

Donald Ruel Johnson, age 93 of Bloomington, lived the last few years at the MN Veterans Home, Mpls. where he received excellent care. He passed away peacefully on Sept. 11, 2021. Preceded in death by wife, Virginnia of 63 years; nephew, Mike Johnson; parents, Ansel and Gladys Johnson. Survived by his children, Steve Johnson and Sue (Marshall) Smith; grandchildren, Steven (Katie), Nate, Ethan; great-granddaughters, Addie, Ellie, and Evie; brother, Merlin (Gloria) Johnson; In-laws, Graydon (Connie) Carlson, Karen (Mike) Bergstrom, Ron (Trish) Carlson, and many nieces and nephews. Don was born and raised in Milaca. Graduated High School there in 1946. Joined the National Guard, and was federalized in 1950. Served as a cook and baker. In 1953 he attended Vo-Tech in Mpls. and worked as a baker at the Radisson Hotel and Canteen Corp. until retirement. He and Virginnia enjoyed winters in Tucson, AZ, attending church, Bluegrass festivals, and games with friends. Dad’s passion was for his wife, and baking for family and friends.

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Memorials may be directed to Campus Crusade for Christ.


  1. DOLORES BEEBE says:

    Dear family.
    We were so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. We always enjoyed him and Virginna during our winters in the Highlands. They welcomed us in the park and we became good friends. Don was always kind enough to make his wonderful cinnamon rolls. We will miss both of them. Sincerely. Dee & Tom Beebe

  2. Ann Louise Johnson says:

    So very sorry for your loss and regret that we cannot be there with you. Bob and Ann

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