Christopher L. Johnson
Monday, May 26, 1958
Date of Death:
Monday, May 9, 2022
63 years old
Christopher L. Johnson
Christopher Lee Johnson, 63, of Rochester, MN, died Monday, May 9th 2022 at his home.
Chris was born May 26th 1958 in Albert Lea, MN. He graduated from Lake City, MN in 1977. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving three years as a Military Police. On August 21st 1987, he married Kim A. Antognini in Lynchburg,TN. The couple lived in Rochester where they raised their three kids.
Chris loved his “Up North Crew” and the annual fishing trips to the Leech Lake area every summer. Chris “Bud Grant” Johnson took his youth football teams to the Rochester city championship seven times, taking second place every time. Chris had a booming voice and witty humor that helped him maintain many friendships along the way with his careers at Quest International and Pharmaceutical Specialties Inc. He especially enjoyed his seven grandchildren during his last few years.
He is survived by his wife, Kim Johnson of Rochester; his daughter, Brittany (Brad); sons, Taylor (Lauren) and Kyle (Amanda); and seven grandchildren, Sydney, Owen, Olivia, Aaron, Kenzie, Conrad and Deacon.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Paul and Matilda Parro.
The Celebration of Life will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 16 2022, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home. Burial will follow visitation at the Veterans Cemetery in Preston, MN. All are welcome to attend a gathering of celebration at the Eagles Club of Rochester at 2:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association or Ronald McDonald House of Rochester.
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Always enjoy talking to Chris.. all considering was always upbeat. Spoke highly of his family and loved his grandkids. Thoughts and prayers to Kim and the family.
Wow! So many fun memories of Tiny come to mind as I am writing this. When we think of him we smile. He was such a nice guy, with the best one liners! Sending you big hugs!!!! We love you Kim!
❤️Travis, Lacy & London
Dear Kim, Taylor,Brit and Kyle
Our prayers are with you all! Know that we loved adventures throughout the years! Of course leach lake comes to mind! Tiny had a wicked sense of humor and his kindness was always was present! Play “under the board walk” because he was awesome at karaoke and everyone claps at Charlie’s! Kim, we will try to see you soon, love you! Love Jay and Cara
Kim-So sorry to hear about you husband. I'm thinking of you and your family.
Sandra Nelson (Hagedorn)
Kim and Brit, I am so sorry for your loss.
Kim and kids, Chris’s life remains strong in our many memories of all the years we spent at Leech Lake. And who could ever forget Jamaica. Tiny just always brought fun to another level. Same with work at PSI. One of those guys you looked forward to seeing everyday. We will miss him as we miss you too. Unfortunately, we won’t make it to the celebration service of his life, but we know that we’re thinking about you from AZ. Hope to see you when we return this summer.
My deepest sympathy goes out to you, Kim. I'm so very sorry.
Kim and family,
I’m so sorry to hear of Chris’ passing. My prayers are with you all.
I drove Chris to dialysis for a long time. I enjoyed talking with him. It's a huge loss.
I graduated with Chris.Always had fond memories of Chris.Such a nice guy.Sorry to hear of his passing.
Kim, I’m so sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Big Chris had an unforgettable personality. I had the pleasure of spending every elementary weekday after school at their house. Chris would drive us to dance practice and let us tag along to cheer for his youth football teams. He put up with me staying at their house on weekends and going on family vacation as if I were family. He was an awesome coach and family friend. He instilled a sense of confidence in myself that I've recognized and come back to time and time again and he won't be forgotten. Sincere Condolences to the family, Brittany, Kim, Kyle, and Taylor you're all in my thoughts
My deepest condolences go out to Kim and Family. Chris was a true friend and we spent many days fishing and coaching football together those years I spent in Rochester. it may have been a few years since we spoke but he was always in my thought's. His passion for youth football was immense and he loved seeing the kids grow to be men and always loved it when he was referred to as "coach". I will miss you Chris and thanks for all the memories, fishing, softball and hanging out.
Our hearts break at the passing of Chris. Big Chris always had a smile on his face and was quick to share a story or a joke. He always wanted to make people happy. We will miss Big Chris terribly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kimmie, Brittany, Kyle, Taylor, and their spouses and children. Much love, Sarah & Bernie
We were so sad to hear about Chris’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
So sorry to hear about Chris. We spent time together in high school.