Norman J Johnson

Born: Sun., Jun. 25, 1939
Died: Tue., Jan. 31, 2012


Memorial Service

2:00 PM Sat., Feb. 04, 2012
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church


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Norman J. Johnson, age 72, of Madison, died Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at his residence in Madison.

Norman James Johnson was born June 25, 1939, at Madison to Norman B. and Charlene (Laughlin) Johnson.  He graduated from Madison High School, attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls where he played football, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in education from General Beadle State Teachers College.  He received his Masters Degree from SDSU, Brookings and taught and coached at Madison High School for over 30 years.  Norm married Barb Halseth on September 19, 1958, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison.  They were married 53 years.  He managed the swimming pool and was on a painting crew during the summers.  Norm was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he was a member of many boards, served as an usher and sang in the choir.  He was served on the Madison Community Hospital Board and Lake County Red Cross Board.  He loved the Green Bay Packers, going to Twins games with his grandchildren, fishing and playing the piano.

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY:  his parents and one sister, Joan Lervaag

SURVIVORS:  include his wife Barb of Madison; two daughters, Terri (Jerry) Wiblemo of Marshall, MN and Beth (Rick) Ribstein of Brookings; four grandchildren, Stephen (Brea) and Christian Wiblemo, Andi Marie and Austin Ribstein; two sisters, Jane Hines of New Prague, MN and Sally (Ron) Miller of Superior, WI; and one brother-in-law, Bob Lervaag of Anchorage, AK.

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Bill Ouverson
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
To Barb and family my deepest sympathy in this trying time, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Karri Roling-Wilson
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He was a wonderful teacher and he will be missed greatly.

Tim Connor
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
My deepest condolences go out to Mr. Johnson's family. He was a great teacher and an awesome coach. he will be missed by many

Lance and Leslie (Hodne) Thorson
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
Johnson family: We are so sorry for your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you during this very difficult time. God Bless.

Jack & Peggy Meyer
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
Out thoughts and prayers go out to the Johnson family at this time of grief. We are grateful for the positive influence Norm had on our children as a teacher, coach and friend.

Melani Hanisch
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
Norm was a great English teacher. My prayers are with the Johnson family.

Jackie and Gregory Bortnem
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
Barb, Beth, Terri and Families, our deepest sympathy - you are all in our prayers. God keep you. Gregory and Jackie Bortnem

Jim and Joyce McDaniel
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
We are holding you all close in thought and prayer!

M. Howard
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
So sorry for your loss, He was a great man, he will be missed by many.

Andrew Hunter
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
To Barb and the rest of Norm Johnson''s family,
I want to express my family''s sympathy and mine as well. He was such a great man, coach, friend, and he always wanted to talk to you. I got to know him thoughout my life and my parents had him as a teacher. I know how it feels to loose someone but, God always said that dying was a part of life. This tragic occurence should''ve never happened but, it did. We will always remeber Norm and if you ever need anything, just let us know. We do have a guest room, if a part of ur family would rather sleep in a bed rather than a hotel.

Sincerely,
Andy and the rest of the Hunter Family

Donna Johnson
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family in this very difficult time. I remember Mr. Johnson as a teacher and have seen him often singing in the adult choir at Trinity Luthern Church. He will be greatly missed in this community.

Denise (Drake) Bothwell
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
My deepest condolences for your loss. May God give you strength in this time of tragedy. He was a great teacher and a great man who will be missed by many.

Lori Mildenberg-Waldner
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
Barb, Terri, and Beth: Words cannot express the sadness I am feeling for your family at this terrible time. What a senseless tragedy that is so difficult to comprehend right now. I am asking God to blanket your family with peace and faith.

Lori Mildenberg-Waldner

Denise Saufley-Wieser
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
Barb and family, my deepest sympathy to you, praying for you and asking God to hold you tight in His loving arms.
Love,
Denise

Anne Reisch
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
Sending prayers your way. I really didn't know Norm outside of Ace Hardware. He was always very helpful and had a smile on his face. May God comfort you at this time.

Bradley J. Cordts
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
Barb and girls, I am so sorry for this loss. Norm Johnson had such a huge impact on me! He was my first boss at the Swimming Pool and he was an awesome track coach who helped me believe I could run. He helped me so much. He will be deeply missed, but please know how much many people like me gained so much from him.

Bob Lange
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
Once I tried to tell Mr. Johnson that I thought that he was the best high school teacher I had and taught at a college level. He shrugged my compliment off. He taught not for the recognition, but for the purest reason--to instruct kids. He was a marvelous teacher and a wonderful human being. I am a better person, and was a more successful writer and student, because he was my teacher.

Sandra (Lee) Woodin
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
To Barb and family. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Your husband/father was a wonderful teacher and great coach. I have fond memories of him. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lance and Leslie (Hodne) Thorson
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
The family of Norm: We are so sorry for your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers will remain with you during this difficult time. God Bless.

Karen and Carsten Bergheim
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
Barb and family, we are sincerely sorry for your loss. Words are simply not very good at a time like this, but know that we share your grief at the sudden loss of Norm. Norm was always pleasant to me and visited each time I saw him. Remember him from high school and of course we were in college together. He was a wonderful teacher. Strict, but wanted the students to learn as much as they could. We too, had a sudden death by accident and realize how hard it is for all of you. We send our love to all of you.......Sincerely, Karen...

Sara Weiland-Fisher
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
My deepest sympathy to Mr Johnsons family may god wrap your family in his arms during this difficult time. He was a great teacher and will be truely missed my many. May god bless all of you my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Scott Bullington Family
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Beth and Family~
Sending all our Love & Prayers your way at this hard time.

Faith~Hope~Love

Melanie(Iverson)Pohlman
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic and difficult time. May you find peace and strength with God.

Ardis Johnson
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Beth, we were so very sorry to learn of the death of your father. Both Jim and I remember him from when we lived in Madison. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Ardis Johnson

Randy and Linda Cundy
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Dear Barb and family, please know how very, very sad we are that your precious Norm is gone from this earth. Our hearts are heavy for all of you. We will always remember Norm for his gentle nature and especially his willingness to help us with April's therapy. I have a picture of him with his 'patterning team' and April at the age of 3 that I will get to you. It's precious how his eyes are on April. May God carry you through these days and weeks ahead. He knows what you need, so call out to Him.
Randy, Linda and April

Mary (Hammer) Sutton
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
May the Peace of the LORD surround you during this difficult time..........know that Norman touched so many with his compassion & teachings ................. he will truly be missed

Eloyse W
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of your loss, my prayers and thoughts are with
you all. God will carry you all.

Beth Conner
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Johnson family, I am so sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed the classes that I took from your husband/father back in high school. I'm sure that no other teacher could have made Advanced Grammar an enjoyable class! I wish you peace at this time.
Beth Conner

Lori (Hodne) Weiland
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Barb, Terri, Beth & families - We are so sorry for your tragic loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.


Deb Blanchette
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
They say that it takes a village to raise a child so....the hardest ones to let go of are the ones that helped raise your children. We thank you for sharing him with our community! Rest in peace Mr Johnson....

Jaci Turner-Green
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Barb, Terri, Beth and Families - Sorry for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you durning this time.

Jaci Turner-Green

Nicole (Blanchette) Peddycord
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Nicole (Blanchette) Peddycord

Dear Johnson Family,

I am so saddened to hear of the tragic death of Mr. Johnson. I enjoyed and respected him as a teacher and coach. He is truly one of the reasons I pursued an English degree. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I do hope that justice is served.


Paula (Oldre) Wagner
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
My deepest condolences go out to Mr. Johnson''s family. He was a great teacher and coach. We lived 50 feet from the swimming pool and got to know him very well growing up. He will be missed. We will continue to keep his family in our prayers.

Dianne Fassett Ammann
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
My sincere sympathy. Such a tragic and senseless loss. Norm had a big impact on so many young people''s lives. That legacy cannot be taken away! Cling to each other and cherish the memories.

Sara (Eich) Wardner
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Johnson Family:
My deepest sympathy for your sudden loss. I had Mr Johnson as a senior in high school. Praying that the Lord watches over you and comforts you during this incredibly difficult time.

Kay Gregerson Black
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Dear Johnson family, I was just thinking of Mr Johnson the other day. My 16 year old daughter and I were talking of English Class and I told her of him and what an awesome teacher, friend, and confidant he was. I had lost touch with you all after I moved to Atlanta, GA but I still think of you often. Especially the great memories at the pool. This is a total shock to me as I am sure it is to you all as well. May God keep you in your loving arms as you grieve your loss. Your dad was my brother Vance's best friend in high school so he has had a special place in our hearts for a long time. Love to all. Kay

Brian & Deb Schroeder
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Terri ,Jerry and family. We offer our condolences as you deal with this tragedy we didn''t know your dad well but remember talking with him at games when we would come watch Stephen and Christian play.

Terry Stacken
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Terri, Jerry and family,
You have my sympathy during this difficult time.
Please know that you are my thoughts and prayers.
If there is anything you need, please let me know.

God bless,
Terry Stacken

Kevin and Sandi Leighton
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Terri and family: You are in our thoughts and prayers. We think of you often and would always catch up on the latest news about the boys when we visited with your Dad. He will be missed.

Mark & Tammy (Stroschein) Kreger
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Our deepest sympathies. The family are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Herb and Becky Lurz
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Barb and family,
Please know how badly we feel at your loss of Norm. He was a good teacher and fine man. May God wrap his arms around you and give you the peace that passes all understanding as you mourn this loss.

Peggy (Oldre) Blegen
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
It is with deep sadness that I write this note to the Johnson family. I have many fond memories of Norm while growing up in Madison. Sally, I'm keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Peggy

Karen Vickmark McDaniel
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Dear Johnson family,

My deepest heartfelt condolences to you in the tragic loss of Mr. Johnson. Though I did not have him as a teacher during my high school years, he never failed to greet me with a smile. He touched so many lives in positive ways and was a testimony to integrity and compassion. Thank you for sharing him with so many for so many years. I pray you feel the love of God wrapping you up in the difficult days ahead. Please know you have a community ready and willing to help you through this time.

With deepest sympathy,
Karen Vickmark McDaniel

Barb (Allen) Wilson
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Beth and family,
I am speechless from the shock of hearing about the tragic loss of your father. Your dads legacy lives on in the memory of every student he taught or coached at Madison High School. There are no words of comfort that could possible console you during this horrendous time, but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and you family.

Sincerely,
Barb (Allen) Wilson and family

Jo Edwards
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Terri and family,

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God wrap his arms around all of you during this very difficult time.

Lowell Jahr
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
May the love of Christ, which Norm personified in so many ways, be, and abide now and always with you, Barb, Jane and Sally, and your families. God bless the memory of Norman James Johnson.
Lowell Jahr

Rose Heidelberger Duncan
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
My deepest sympathy for the loss of your husband and father. I knew "Mr. Johnson when I attended Madison High School and did my practice teaching later. He had a great sense of humor. Take care and God bless.

Travis graham
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
An amazing man. An amazing teacher.

Lori Buchholz
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Beth, Rick and family,

I was so sorry to learn of the tragic death of your father.

May God Bless all of you and wrap his arms around you tightly to comfort you as you mourn his loss, as well as, in the days and weeks to follow.

Ricki and John Lowe
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Barb, Terri and Beth when someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Please find comfort in knowing that many lives have been enriched by having known him.
With deepest sympathy,
Ricki and John Lowe

Stephanie Downs McGovern
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
I am very saddened for your loss. May the Lord give you the daily strength you need. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Pam (Casanova) Lewis
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Norm Johnson was a "tough as nails" teacher, but we liked him for it. We tried to goof off and drive him crazy, but he didn't put up with it. He was determined we would learn something. I am reminded how he influenced my life as I thought about him over the past days. Sudden, senseless loss is the worst kind. We are praying for his family as they start their journey through grief. God bless you all. May your journey be swift and full of joyful memories of Norm.

Christa (Callies) McDermott
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
I am so sorry of your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Norm was a great person and teacher and will never be forgotten.

Christa

Barbara Boedecker
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Johnson family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief. God bless your family!

Bob and Marty Ritter
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Dear Beth and family,

We were so sorry to hear of the tragic loss of your father. May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort and bless you in your sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob and Marty Ritter

Catherine (Green) Billion
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Everyone knew and loved Norm Johnson, whether he be helping one out at school, or giving one a pass at the swimming pool; he was always busy helping people! May Jesus envelope Norm in the sweet peace of Eternal bliss, and may Jesus console and comfort all of the very special women in Norm's family, and assure them that we will all be together again, in Heaven, where there will be no more illness or sadness. We are praying for all. Norm's strength and faith will help us along.

Pamela (Oldre) Tsatsos
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
My deepest sympathy goes out to your family. I did not have Mr. Johnson as a teacher but did spend a lot of time at the swimming pool growing up and he was always there. My impression of him was that he was a dedicated husband, father - and gave a lot to our small community. My prayers are with you all.

Melanie Meyer
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Barb, Terri & Beth,
I''''m thinking of all of you and lifting you up in prayer! When someone you love becomes a memory, those memories become treasures. Hold on to each and every one of them. My love and sympathy to you all!

Barb (Aker) Mergen
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
My heart goes out to all of you. Lean on each other and know that God has his arms wrapped around you and will help you through this most confusing & difficult time. Treasure the memories for they will bring you comfort & peace. I have a difficult time calling Mr Johnson Norm because once a teacher always a teacher and a great teacher he was. Peace & God's Blessings to you all.


Leon & Mary Jane Beyer
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. He was a special person and our prayers and thoughts are with you. Leon & Mary Jane

Mary (Byrd) Seiler
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
To the family of Mr. Norm Johnson.

It is with a heavy heart and my sincerest sympathies that I am sending to you my condolences for the loss our your husband/father.

I am a 1968 graduate of Madison High, and I remember so well the teachings of Mr. Johnson in my English class. He was by far my FAVORITE teacher in high school, and he encouraged and instilled in me a love of reading. His kind and encouraging manner motivated me and peaked my interest in a subject that I never thought I would enjoy. Having lived on the same street as your family (NE 6th), I often was asked to babysit for the young children on several occasions, and it was always one of my favorite jobs. I remember that the children were always very well behaved. With that said, I am very saddened that his life was taken at this very young age.

Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. God bless you now and always.

Sincerely,

Mary L. (Byrd) Seiler

Anita Bogue (Geislar)
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Dear Barb and Family,

I am reminded too vividly of my husband''''s passing (Bill Forman) . It seems as if it was yesterday after reading about Norm. I really don''''t know ANYTHING that Norm ever did that wasn''''t great. He was a true "People" person like his Dad. I can relate to you that right now you must feel as if this is the end of the world. Time really does have a way of easing your grief. Your life will never be the same, but the pain will ease and you will be able to go past this. Memories keep running through my head about Norm and band and choir and helping him with his bookkeeping LOL.
You are in my prayers. I wish you peace, understanding and happy memories.

Prayfully,
Anita Bogue Forman Geislar

Bryan, Kristin, and Beaux Asche
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
To Rick, Beth, Andi, Austin, and the remainder of Mr. Johnson's family - We are tremendously sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bryan, Kristin, and Beaux Asche
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
To Rick, Beth, Andi, Austin, and the remainder of Mr. Johnson''s family - We are tremendously sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Carol and Rick Shaver
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Barb, Terry, Beth and families,

I cannot express how Norm changed my life. He asked me to work for him at the pool when I was in eighth grade, beginning as a basket worker and finally becoming a guard. Norm's example taught me how to take responsibity for decisions made and then to back up those decisions with confidence. He started out as my boss and later in life when we were both coaching track became my friend. He loved what he did and always gave that little extra. But as much as he loved teaching and coaching he always thought his biggest accomplishment was his wife -kids and grand kids. Everytime we ran into each other he had stories about those grand kids and telling the story with the biggest smile. He will be missed but never forgotten. You will be in my prayers during this most difficult time. Carol

Mary Daniels
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Everyone loved and respected Norm Johnson.

Mary Daniels and family

Dan Walsh
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
My sincere sympathy to the Johnson family during this sad time. Norm was genuinely concerned about what he could do to make things better for the students he worked with, whether in the classroom or coaching. On a personal note it was always a pleasure to visit with him.

Heather (Severson) Mattiza
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family in your time of sorrow. The memory of Mr. Johnson will always be in my heart.

Darwin & Kelli Wollmann
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Cindy (Kroger) Schwiesow
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the family of Norm Johnson. He was my English teacher and I thought very highly of him. Remember the great gift that God has given you and that is the gift of memory. Cherish all those great memories. You are in my prayers.

Cindy(Kroger) Schwiesow

Audrey DeWald Saylor & Mike Wiese
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Johnson was a great and respected teacher. God bless you. Mike & Aud

Christine & Mike Lehman
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Terri, Jerry, Stephen and Christian........may the comfort of friends and family be your strength now and in the days ahead.

Patti & Mark Mollet
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Terri, Jerry and Family
Words are so inadequate at a time like this but please know we are thinking about you with warmest thoughts.

Cheryl Roos
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Terri and families,
I am so sorry to hear about your father. Although I didn''t know him, it is evident that he was loved by many and he influenced many lives. How special he was and what a special family he had. Celebrate the life he lived, keep his spirit close and cherish all the joy and love he shared. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I care.......in friendship, Cheryl

Darcie Stearns Heinrich
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Barb, Terri, Beth & Families,

You always have that one teacher that stands out and whenever you are asked to recall what one teacher influenced you the most in your life; the first person that always came to my mind was Mr. Johnson. As a student I am sure I looked at things differently, but after having my own children, I realize what a difference a very good teacher can make in a child’s life. That would have been your husband/father. He touched so many lives in such a positive way and he will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you and may God give you comfort in this difficult time.

David Bice
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
My condolences to the Johnson family. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness you must be feeling. Mr. Johnson was a wonderful teacher and an even better person. He will be sadly missed.

Julie Price Gehrels
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Terry and Family,

My sincerest sympanthies go out to you and your family. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers asking God to wrap His loving arms around you and hold you up each day. This is an absolute tragedy but you can lean on all that your Dad has taught you. Be there for each other and always remember there is a community of over 6000 people who will always love and support you. It''s ok to cry as God gave us tears to wash our sadness away. We pray for peace to surround you soon.

Love, Julie and family

Terry Casey
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Dear Barb:Sharon and I are
so saddened by this horrible event. Our prayers are with you and your family.Very sincerely, Terry and Sharon Casey,Chamberlain.

Eric & Cynthia (Martens) Cummins
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
The Peace of the Lord be with you.

Clint Liddiard
   Posted Sat February 04, 2012
To Barb and family. I was lucky enough to have Norm for a teacher at Washington grade school and again in high school. He was a gifted teacher who pushed his students to do their best. He was one of my favorites. My mother was a teaching colleague with Norm for many years and had great respect for him, as did I.
I am so sorry.
God's peace.

Paul & Danna (Rector) Balsiger
   Posted Sat February 04, 2012
Barb, Terri, Beth & family, Our thaughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time . We Both had Norm for a Teacher & Coach and Paul was in school with Beth. Norm was a special person he will be missed Norm always remember all his studentts no matter how long ago it was ,we viisted with him a few weeks ago . We will hold you in our prayers . Paul & Danna Balsiger

Craig Dodds
   Posted Sat February 04, 2012
I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Every memory I have of your husband/Dad in my life brings a smile to my face. The positive impact on those who had the honor of knowing him is lifelong.

Bonnie Lou Rance
   Posted Sat February 04, 2012
Dear Barb, Terry, Beth and families,
The days since hearing of the tragic death of your dear husband and father
I just can''t get you off my mind. Words are impossible to express the grief you are feeling today. You are in my thoughts and prayers as it is nearing the time of the memorial service and I will be praying for strength that only our heavenly father can give you at this time. A scriptures that comes to mind is Isaiah 40:3l says, But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
May Gods peace be with you today and always.

Love and Prayers,

Bonnie

GeorgiaAnn (Foreman) and Elliott Lawrence
   Posted Sat February 04, 2012
Dear Barbara --- Our sincere and deepest sympathy go out to you and your family.

Jerry Schemmel
   Posted Sat February 04, 2012
Barb, Teri and Beth,
It's difficult to find the right words for you in a time like this. Just please know that my wife and I are praying for you and the rest of your family - for healing and peace.
I know it's impossible to rationalize this tragedy, to try to figure out how and why it happened. In these moments, about all we can do is lean on God's promise that he will never leave us or forsake us.
May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you so that you can feel his love more than you ever have.
It will be impossible for me and the rest my siblings to forget Norm. All of us have nothing but great memories of him!

Jim & Joan (Sunde) Clarke
   Posted Sat February 04, 2012
Barb, Terri, Beth, and families,
You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this overwhelming grief. Such great sadness for all who knew him. One of my favorites!! Norman was well respected and loved by so many. May your faith and love of God get you through this most dificult time.

Dustin Drew
   Posted Sat February 04, 2012
To the Johnson Family,

I am deeply saddened to hear about Norman''s passing. I had him as my freshman composition teacher in 1989. I came from a single parent family, and was heading down the wrong road, and Mr. Johnson, as I called him then, took me under his wing. Now, Norman didn''t baby me in any way, as a matter of fact he was hard on me and pushed me. At first I despised him for it, but eventually I came around and understood what he was trying to do. It was exactly what I needed at that time. He is one of those few people that stand out in my mind that taught me how to be a man.
Apathy was a word that Norman tended to use quite often when he thought students were being lazy, and was truly a naughty word in his book. These days I work with Army evaluations and awards, and I will tell you that there are quite a few Soldiers that should have had Norman as their teacher. Needless to say, I have adopted Norman''s bad word and like to incorporate it into emails that I send to Soldiers when I kick evaluations back for corrections. Many of them get very angry with me, but like Norman taught me, I strive to push my brothers in arms to put more effort in what they write. It is kind of funny thinking back, because I never thought I would be using much writing skills in my adult life, boy was I wrong.
I usually take leave and visit Madison about once a year, and would usually make it a point to stop into the hardware store to say hello to Norman. He was very fun to talk to and I think he just enjoyed talking to people and see what they''re up to now days.
Norman is and always will be a major and positive influence and role model in my life, and will be truly missed. He was a good man and from what I''ve read has been a positive influence for many others. My only regret is not telling him straight out what a role model he was for me. I am deeply sorry for your loss and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

God Bless,
Dustin G. Drew

mary inhofer peterson
   Posted Sun February 05, 2012
i know there are no words to help at this time...im soo soo sorry, this has weighed on my heart since the first nite... Sure glad i had the opportunity to know Norm..he will be greatly missed and he will never be forgotten..

Danelle Johnson
   Posted Sun February 05, 2012
To the family of Mr. Norm Johnson-

Mr. Johnson touched so many of us. He was a well liked, all around good person. I remember him from the pool, to painting, to being my freshman English teacher. Thank you for sharing such an wonderful person with us. He helped mold so many kids into responsible adults.

Danelle Johnson- class of 1991

Ben and Anita Watkins
   Posted Mon February 06, 2012
Dear Barb & family,

So sorry to hear of Norm's passing. He was a long time customer of ours and Ben loved coming to tune Norm's piano and visiting with him. We always allowed extra time for his tunings so they could visit. When our daughter and Andie played hockey against each other, Norm and Ben had even more to talk about. Death is always hardest on those left behind. My you find comfort in Christ and know that Norm is at peace with Him.
With Sympathy,
Ben and Anita Watkins

Scott Marquardt
   Posted Fri February 10, 2012
I came across this news entirely by accident, and it pains me to know you've lost a fine dad and husband. I'm so sorry.

George Cooperrider
   Posted Thu June 21, 2012
To the Johnson family I wish to extend my deepest condolences on Mr. Johnson's tragic passing.
I first met Mr. Johnson during the summer of 1977 at the Madison city pool & I will admit we didn't hit it off.
I was a mouthy brash 17 year old & he was a no nonesense man who wouldn't tolerate any back talk.
When I enrolled in MHS in the fall of 77 I was less than enthused to see that my English teacher was "Stormin Norman"! LOL!
He remembered me all to well from the swimming pool so I knew that there would be no slacking in his class.
Although it was hard for me to realize it at that time, over the years his strictness is exactly what I needed in my life at that time.
Even after 35 years the memories of the time spent in his class for the few months I was there are still engrained in my memory as if they happened only a short time ago.
I believe the gift that we can give to Mr. Johnson is to continue his mission of being a positive role model & influence on the lives of the youngsters we may come across in our lives.
I grieve for you in that you had to lose this fine man in such a tragic way, but I also thank GOD that he gave Norman to you & the world, & for the positive influence he made in so many peoples lives.
May the LORD who holds us & keeps us envelop you in with his love & mercy today & everyday until we are brought together again with those who have passed on before us & are in his care now.
In CHRISTS love
George A. Cooperrider

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