DuWayne Richard Johnson
November 27, 2019
DuWayne Richard Johnson, age 87, peacefully passed away on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Mont.
DuWayne was born on March 17, 1932, in Baker, Mont., the son of Llewell and Theresa (Souba) Johnson. He attended country schools south of Baker and Baker High School. DuWayne married Edith Tunby on July 14, 1951, in Baker. In 1958 after working as foreman in the Baker oil fields, he and Edith moved to Hinsdale, Mont., and bought the Old Mix Dairy where he ranched the rest of his life.
DuWayne loved and lived for his family. He enjoyed playing cards and visiting with friends. With his giving spirit, he was always quick to help friends and neighbors. He and Edie opened their homes to everyone especially those who needed a place to call home. He had special fondness for animals from cats, dogs to horses and cattle. He was a true cow man. He knew his cows and cared for each of them. DuWayne was on the boards of the Hinsdale Lutheran Church, Farmers Union and Milk River Cowboys Association. With funds remaining from the closure of Farmers Union, he and Jean Dreiksosen were instrumental in establishing the Hinsdale Community Scholarship. In his early ranching days, he performed numerous jobs in the community. He drove school bus, custom hayed, sold seed and fertilizer, and did backhoe work, DuWayne was a hard worker and never complained. He will be remembered for his kindness and generosity.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Johnson, in 2009; one grandson, Kevin; one sister, Reva; and his parents.
Survivors include his five children, Dana (Jim) McColly, of Hinsdale, Michael Johnson, of Hinsdale, Lona Everett, of Kalispell, Mont., Tari Johnson, of Wilsonville, Ore., and Mark (Heidi) Johnson, of Hinsdale; two brothers, Llewell (Betty) Johnson and Darrell (Joan) Johnson, both of Baker; 12 grandchildren, Michael (Heidi) McColly, Paul (Kristin) McColly, Linda (Rhad) Keel, Chad (Katya) Everett, James (Maggie) Everett, Sean Everett, Erika Voeltz, Lauren (Jacob) Clark, Brady (Leisa) Johnson, Lukas Johnson, Mickayla Johnson and Trey Johnson; 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, and the extended family of Kenneth Ketchum of Richland, Wash.
Family received friends 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Hinsdale Lutheran Church in Hinsdale. Funeral services were 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 22, at the Hinsdale Lutheran Church with Pastor Doris Tollefson and Howard Pippin. Burial was in the Hillview Cemetery and a reception followed at the Hinsdale American Legion.