Louie JohnsonLowell “Louie” Johnson, 72 years old, died Friday, July 19, 2013, surrounded by his loving family and friends, after a brief but courageous battle with a very aggressive lung cancer. He was born December 27, 1940, in Minneapolis, MN, the second of five brothers, to Osten and Esther (Olson) Johnsen (“Ma and Pa”). He spent his younger years growing up in North Dakota, moving around to various small towns that they lived in while his dad worked for the railroad. He graduated High School in Kildeer N.D. and after being discharged from the Army, serving his duty in Germany, he attended UND where he graduated with an Accounting Degree.
Louie married Linda Nelson in 1966 and soon followed the birth of their only child, Jeffrey, that same year. They were married until 1998. They created many great memories together traveling, flying, jet skiing, snowmobiling, skiing, and riding Harley’s together. Some of the best memories were following Jeff’s athletic success through high school and college where they became part of the NDSU Bison family. A little adjustment for Louie as a UND graduate, but he was proud to be a part of both.