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BJ Johnson

December 24, 1980 ~ September 15, 2018 (age 37)

BJ Johnson of Owatonna passed away on September 15, 2018 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. A memorial service to celebrate BJ’s life is scheduled for 6:00 pm Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Medford Funeral Home (310 – E. Central Ave.) Friends may greet the family starting at 3:00 pm Thursday at the Funeral Home. 

Benjamin Jerome Johnson (BJ) was born on December 24, 1980 in Faribault, MN. BJ was the son of Arnie and Kathy (VonRuden) Johnson. He attended school in Medford and Faribault. BJ worked construction for several companies in the area and most recently was a Job Foreman at Marvin Purrier Construction. 

BJ was overjoyed the day he became a father to his son, Tyler. He was immeasurably proud of Tyler and the man he helped raise. BJ shared his love of hunting and fishing and all things outdoors with Tyler. BJ, Arnie and Tyler made many great memories together. Although, he had only 18 short years with Tyler, BJ was able to share Tyler’s first deer, winning fishing contests out at LeMieux's Resort on Cedar Lake, and all of his athletic accomplishments. 

BJ had a passion for riding bikes from a young age. He went from popping wheelies on his bicycle as a kid to racing motocross as a teenager. His whole-shot success at the races helped him lead the pack and earn many trophies and his AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) Pro License. As an adult he continued that passion on his Harley, riding with many friends and Becky right behind him. He wore a contagious smile, was the life of the party and had a love for little kids, especially his four nieces and “Papa’s Boy” Carson.    

BJ will be deeply missed by his son, Tyler Johnson (Mother, Brooke Zahorik); girlfriend, Becky Walderon along with her children Jake Walderon (Tina) and their son Carson, Jesse Stechmann, and Jasmynn Stechmann; parents Arnie and Kathy Johnson; sister Jessie (Andy) Cowell, nieces Nora, Kate and Emma; sister Emily (Joe) Butler and niece Kaylee. BJ was preceded in death by his grandparents. 

He will live forever in our hearts and will be remembered for his great sense of humor, love of the outdoors, and special talent of making rubber smiley faces! 


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