Russell "Gus" Dean Johnson

  • Funeral Date: 12/12/15
  • Funeral Time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Date of Birth: 4/01/55
  • Date of Death: 12/09/15
  • Funeral Location: Bierman Funeral Home, Northfield

Gus Johnson, age 59 of Cannon Falls and formerly of Northfield, passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at his home in Cannon Falls following a brief illness. Funeral Services will be 3:00 pm Saturday, December 12th at the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield with burial at the Northfield Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 noon until the time of Services.

Russell “Gus” Dean Johnson was born April 1, 1956 in Minneapolis and was raised in Northfield. At the age of 9 he was given his first guitar and playing music was a lifelong passion and he played in a number of bands. He attended school in Northfield graduating in 1974. In 1978 he was united in marriage to Brenda Glewwe and they had 2 children Luke and Autum. They were later divorced.

He worked at Sheldahl’s in Northfield for 21 years and then worked on the grounds crew for the Northfield School System. He later was on the school district’s maintenance-custodian staffs first at Red Wing and then Cannon Falls. In addition to his love for music he was an avid fan of the Vikings, Dundas Dukes Baseball, and Northfield Football teams. He bought his first motorcycle in 1975 and his first Harley Davidson in 1977 which he still rode. It was another of his passions, but music and his Harley came after his children and grandchildren. He was so devoted to and proud of all of them. Gus was a larger than life person and always the funniest guy in the crowd and the coolest. He was deeply loved and will be closely held in the hearts of his friends and family.

Gus Johnson is survived by life partner Barb Kniefel of Cannon Falls; son Luke Johnson of Northfield; daughter Autum Johnson of St, Paul; step children Michael Kniefel of Cannon Falls, Melanie Kniefel of Burnsville; sister Vicki (Mark) Roline of Spring Valley, WI; brother Scott (Carrie) Johnson of Elko; grandchildren Mara Johnson, Ava Adelmann, Mallory Ohnstad, and Melea McIlvaine. He was preceded in death by his mother Betty Johnson and brother Warren Johnson.

In lieu of flowers memorials to Barb Kniefel; 30270 Oaklane #25, Cannon Falls, MN 55009.

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