April 11, 2019 at 2:45 p.m.
As evidence of his intelligence and strength, he became educated as an accountant and had a long career with the City of Minneapolis. He lived on his own for decades, overcoming the complications of paralysis. Upon retiring he moved into assisted living in Midtown Minneapolis.
I was a little girl during most of Darryl's life. Knowing that my mother was very fond of Darryl, I reached out and reconnected with Darryl in 2015. Together we built a strong family relationship and I grew from being a “little pest” to a friend.
Darryl generously donated his body to the University of Minnesota - School of Medicine, one final job teaching people how to become physicians.
Darryl is survived by his brother Donald W. Johnson (Minneapolis), first cousins once-removed Kristina Blake (Portland, Oregon), Jon Blake (Seattle, Washington) and Jon's son Colin Blake (Alameda, California). Darryl’s parents, William and Veronica Johnson, preceded him in death.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Fairview Cemetery in Lindstrom, MN.
I would like to express deep gratitude to Tonya and Bridget, his caregivers for their care and friendship which meant a lot to Darryl. In addition, thank you to neighbors of the Johnson farm; the Chisago County Historical Society; Jennifer Hegstad (Chisago Lakes High School) and Linda Christianson, without whose help I wouldn't have been able to make the final arrangements for Darryl to be buried with family.
Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Lindstrom. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com