Eric D. Johnson - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

December 13, 1959 - July 15, 2021

Johnson, Eric D. of Minneapolis, MN, passed away July 15, 2021 after a prolonged illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria Johnson; his parents, Douglas and Carol Johnson and sister, Naomi Johnson. He is survived by his daughter, Erica Breeden and family; his siblings, Elizabeth Groth, Jon and Jeffrey Johnson. He is also survived by five nieces, one nephew, numerous extended family members and special friends, Paul and Mindy Ashner. Eric trained in computer technology and worked at Seagate for over 40 years. He loved his work but left it at the office and lived “off the grid” when he could. He finally gave up the flip phone for a smartphone in the last few years.

A family graveside burial will be held Friday, August 13 at 11 AM at Norseland Lutheran Church, St. Peter, MN followed by a Celebration of Life at the Knights of Columbus, 1114 American Boulevard West from 3-7pm.

Eric loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting with his friends. "Lord, I love the great outdoors, enjoying this great world of yours, thank you for the fields and streams, because they're every hunter's dream.”

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Eric can be made to: Fishing Has No Boundaries Brainerd Chapter. PO BOX 748, Nisswa, MN 56468.


  1. We are very sorry to hear of the loss of Eric! He was always and upbeat and positive person when he was taking out our anglers during our event. It is comforting to know that he can continue to enjoy the outdoors with all freedoms.
    Thank you to your family and friends for including Memorials to the Brainerd Lakes Chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries.

  2. Bryce Loeschke says:

    Eric was a GREAT man and a good soul he will be very much missed. My condolences to all the family and friends. Bryce

  3. Brian Suman says:

    You will be missed. That snappy response to all of our requests for help here at work was always greatly appreciated. The help with electronics and all things electrical here in the model shop will always be appreciated by us. And the stories, oh man the stories. Thank you.

  4. Gary Anonen says:

    So sorry to hear of Eric’s passing. My condolences to his family.

  5. Jim Hilferty says:

    “You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can’t Tuna Fish”
    REO Speedwagon

    Eric’s favorite expression.

  6. Tom Metzner says:

    I have known Eric for over 20+ years working at Seagate. I always appreciated his work ethic and his candor. He always went the extra mile on doing what needed to be done and we always could count on him to fix any electro-mechanical problem that we were facing at the time.

    Eric will be missed as a colleague and friend. His family is in my thoughts and prayers through this time.

  7. Dawn Paro says:

    Eric was a special friend to our family. I will cherish all of the great memories.
    Condolences to the family from Dawn and Frank.

  8. Micheal Fowlkes says:

    Iv known Eric for the last 3+ years. He was a great mentor as well as a friend.
    Always willing to help and teach me anytime I asked, I was always sure to return the favor.
    You’ll be missed bud

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