Gary E. Johnson, 83

Gary E. Johnson, age 83 of Reeder passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Southwest Healthcare Center in Bowman.
The Funeral Service for Gary was be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Centennial Chapel of the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Hettinger with burial in the Hettinger Cemetery.
Honorary Casketbearers are Gary’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the generations to come.
Gerald Earl Johnson was born May 2, 1934 in Danbury, Wis. to Richard and Margaret (McDowell) Johnson. He grew up in the Bucyrus area and graduated from Bucyrus High School in 1952.
Gary then married Mildred Reimer and to that union two daughters were born, Lynne (Dennis) Eliason of Rapid City and Cindy (Dave) Parker of Indianapolis, Ind.
Gary later re-married to Agnes Scheerz in 1973. They were married 40 years and he was step-dad to Roger (Deb) Scheerz of Egan, Minn., Mary Braddock of Carthage, N.Y., and Tony (Pam) Scheerz of Rapid City.
In high school, Gary was an excellent basketball player and scored many points! He entered basic training in the Army and served in the National Guards. His greatest work accomplishment was as Sr. dragline operator at Knife River Coal Mine in Gascoyne. Gary was awarded “Employee of the Year” in 1995. He was very proud of that, as he had worked at the mine for over 35 years.
In his spare time, you could always find Gary fishing, master gardening or working with his rocks. He cut rocks for many fireplaces in the area. He also may have liked to gamble.
In addition to his children, Gary leaves his memory with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as a sister, Ramona Scholl of Forest Lake, Minn., and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes, in October of 2013.
Gary’s children would like to thank his extended family and friends for their many well wishes, hugs, and prayers. They are all part of the garden of life that Gary cultivated and loved.
Visitation will be at the Centennial Chapel one hour prior to services.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com