Kevin Matthew Johnson

Born: Thu., May 8, 1969
Died: Fri., Dec. 21, 2012


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 28, 2012
Location: Community Celebration Church

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Sat., Dec. 29, 2012
Location: Community Celebration Church

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BYRON, MINN: Kevin Matthew Johnson, 43, reached his ultimate destination of Heaven on Friday, December 21, 2012 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Kevin was born May 8, 1969 in Rochester to John and Verna (Wobschall) Johnson. Kevin was a 1987 graduate of Byron High School. On September 29, 1990 Kevin married Hollee Nelson. Kevin attended Community Celebration Church and worked at Mayo Clinic. Kevin was an avid hunter, enjoyed fishing and all sports. He was a fan of the Gophers, Twins and the Vikings. Kevin was a comedian with a great sense of humor. He was a kind, simple yet generous man, and a true fighter. He loved spending time with his family and friends, making memories. Kevin was a devoted husband, wonderful father and cherished friend.

Kevin is survived by his loving wife, Hollee; sons, Derrik and Ryan of Byron; parents, John and Verna Johnson of Byron; sister, Deb (John) Schad of Northfield; two nieces; two nephews; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Loah Nelson of Kasson and numerous friends. Pallbearers will be Kevin Sannes, John Lutzi, Scott Sannes, Shayn Carlson, Tim Voll and Tony Voll.

A funeral service will be held 10:30am Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Community Celebration Church 27401 County Highway 34, Kasson. Visitation will be held 4:00-8:00pm Friday, December 28, 2012 at the church and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Rev. Steve Dawson will be officiating with interment at Mount Hope Cemetery. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit

Arrangements entrusted to Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes' 5421 Royal Pl. NW, Rochester. (507) 289-3600.

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Justin Severson
   Posted Sat December 22, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the Johnson and extended Family. May the Lord comfort you during this time of sorrow. Although Kevin fought the good fight, may his soul find peace in the Lord. May God Bless you,

Justin Severson

Tracey(Dennison) Laciste
   Posted Sat December 22, 2012
To Kevin's family my deepest sympathy and love to you. Kevin was an awesome classmate and one of the nicest from the class of 1987. I will keep you in my prayers and think of you especially during this holiday season.

Aunt Donna
   Posted Sun December 23, 2012
Dearest Hollee, Derrick and Ryan,

What a wonderful husband and father you had in your lives. As happy as I am that your beloved Kevin is now in Heaven, my heart cries for all three of you.

I love you and am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I Thessalonians 4: tells us to comfort and encourage each other with the news that we will all meet again. You have all been a comfort and encouragement to Kevin.

   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
I join with so many others who knew Kevin in offering my deepest sympathy on his passing. Although it is little consolation at this sad time know that he will be greatly missed by everyone whos lives he touched.

Julie Hemmah Perrotti
   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
Our thoughts are with you and your family

Deb Johnson-Schad
   Posted Tue December 25, 2012
Having a loved family member pass away days before Christmas creates conflicting emotions: a great sense of sadness and loss when most others are celebrating the joy of the season and the HOPE that is Christmas. As I sat in church last night, though, I heard a stronger message of the hope for the that seeks out peace in the world -peace that starts in each of our families. So, my Christmas Wish for all of us is one that is precious, sacred and healing. HOPE that as children of God we can welcome and love one another as our faith calls us to do. Kevin-our brother, son, husband, dad and friend has joined our heavenly Father and we will miss him dearly. May the rest of us celebrate his life in the Grace of God.

Deb Johnson-Schad

Carol and Robert King
   Posted Wed December 26, 2012
Verna and John, I couldn't find an address to send you a card. You have our deepest sympathies in the loss of your son Kevin. Our sympathies to Kevin's family also. Our prayers are with you. Carol and Bob King

Sandra (Ernest) Kirchman
   Posted Thu December 27, 2012
Dearest Hollee and the boys,

Ernest and I would like to express our sorrow over Kevin's passing. It was a long, hard battle, bravely fought, and bravely supported by the troops at his side. In the arms of God, he can savor his side of the victory, but it's much harder for the troops left behind.

Ernest has told me so much about Kevin and his hunting and baseball playing and the great times they had together. And then I followed from the start the story on the Care pages. I felt like I knew him. I lost my own dad to unexpected death when I was 17, so I know what the loss does in the younger years. Fortunately, Kevin shared so much with his boys that they will probably feel that they still have a good part of him with them.

Our thoughts also go out to the rest of the family and friends who are missing him. May God bless you all.

Sandra and Ernest Kirchman

Kathy and Stan Jacobson
   Posted Thu December 27, 2012
Verna, John and family,

We wanted to send a card, to express our sympathy for your loss, but were unable to find your address.
Our memories of Kevin are of his younger years as a kid in the neighborhood.

We are sorry we will be unable to attend the services as we will be on our way to Arizona, but you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Kathy and Stan

Pam DeBlieck-Knoll
   Posted Fri December 28, 2012
I am so deeply saddened to hear of Kevin's passing. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. He was wonderful classmate and such a neat man. May God's grace carry you all through during this difficult time, and may he rest in peace.

Pam DeBlieck-Knoll

Julie K. Wobschall
   Posted Fri December 28, 2012
Aunt Verna & Uncle John, Mike & Deb. Hollee and Boys,

My thoughts and memories of Kevin our very dear to me. My Mom & Dad were Kevin's Godparents and I'm sure they were waiting at heaven's door to welcome Kevin with open arms...
Kevin fought a very brave fight with his illness and you all must be very proud of him. I know even though he is in a better place you all will miss him greatly... My sympathy goes out to each and every one of you exspecially his boys, Derrik & Ryan.
May God Bless you all and give you strength to endure Kevin's passing.

Ellen Lawson (Macy's co-worker)
   Posted Fri December 28, 2012
My thoughts and blessings go out to you and your boys at this sad time.
Bless all of you, including his parents and remember he is good hands and he fought a long hard battle.

Julie K. Wobschall
   Posted Sat December 29, 2012
Johnson families~
I write this in deep sympathy for you all. Kevin was a very brave man fighting this battle with cancer for so long. I know he will be missed by all exspecially his boys, Derrik and Ryan.
My memories of Kevin are dear to me. He has always been very loving and kind to everyone he met.
My Mom & Dad were Kevin's Godparents, standing up in church with him as he was baptized as an infant. I know that they were both at heavens door welcoming Kevin with open arms.
May God bless all of you and give you strength to endure the days ahead. I love you all and wish I could be there to give you hugs...

Judy Mosley
   Posted Sat December 29, 2012
Hollee, I wish to extend my condolences. Although you do not know me, my son, Richard "Rick" Mosley was in Kevin's 1987 graduating class at Byron High School. Rick passed away on July 18, 2011 very unexpectantly from a heart attack. Rick's passing was sudden and it appears Kevin's was prolonged but the pain is great.

You and your family are remembered in my prayers. Perhaps you can mention this to Kevin's parents and they may recall knowing Rick.

God Bless You and Your Family.

Ann Crofton
   Posted Tue January 01, 2013
I had the privilege of taking care of Kevin while he was in the hospital. He was a really fun man to talk to! My home football team, the Blue Earth Area Bucs, had just won the state championship, and he was so happy for me and for them. And also because they beat Lourdes. :) My time getting to know Kevin was very brief, but it was apparent how special he was, and what a great family he had. I pray that God will comfort your family during this time.

Lisa Mc Mahan-Mosley
   Posted Wed January 02, 2013
As I know no words express the dear wife of this man. My late husband graduated with Kevin and passed 7-18-11. Richard Anthony Mosley. Our prayers are with you!

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