Roland Johnson, 76, of Spring Grove, MN, died Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at Tweeten Care Center in Spring Grove. Graveside services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Roland Wayne Johnson was born on September 20, 1946, in Parkston, SD, to John and Lorraine (Freidel) Johnson. Roland grew up in the Ethan and Mitchell, SD area and graduated from Mitchell High School. He joined the US Navy in July of 1965 and was honorably discharged in July of 1969. He served on the USS Little Rock.
Roland was a loving father to his children, Cynthia and David. In 1973 Roland suffered a head injury in a snowmobile accident and was paralyzed on one side of his body which completely changed the course of his life. Despite all the hardships he encountered in his life, his faith was strong. He was kind, generous, determined, and optimistic. He loved to spend time with his family, enjoyed watching Westerns, growing tomatoes, and feeding the birds at his feeders.
Roland is survived by his mother; children, Cynthia and David; sisters, Julie Stranger, Mari Jo (Courtney) Clark, Lisa (John) Gulbranson, and Amy (Alan) Frydenlund; brother, Laurice (Mona) Johnson; grandchildren, Justin and Hope; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Roland was preceded in death by his father; grandson, Eric; brother, Joseph; niece, Nicole; and brother-in-law, Brad Boese.