Vincent Johnson Obituary, Death – Vincent E. Johnson, who was 97 years old at the time of his death, passed away peacefully at his home in Golden Valley on Tuesday. He served in the military during World War II, went to law school, and became a father of 10 children. Vincent Johnson was the only child of his parents, Albert and Irene Johnson, and he was born and reared in the north Minneapolis neighborhood of the same name.
After graduating from De La Salle High School, he pursued his studies at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota School of Law. His military career began in 1942 when he joined the Army Air Corps and took part in the invasion of Guam. After the invasion, he was assigned to Guam with the Air Command Group and remained there until the end of the war. During this time, he served as a station commander.
He went on a blind date and wound up marrying Ruby Johnson, who would go on to become the woman he would spend the rest of his life with. They have been married for 61 years, and in that time they have accomplished many things together, including raising 10 children, providing shelter for Hmong refugees, and skiing in Trollhaugen. In addition to his various acting work, Vincent had appearances in a couple of different television shows, including “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman” and “It Came from Somewhere Else.”
Nearly sixty years of his professional life were spent working as a partner for the law firm of Speeter, Johnson, Hautman & Olson in Minneapolis. His career spanned almost the entire 20th century. In the late 1960s, he worked as an organizer for a group of lawyers who were opposed to the Vietnam War. Their cause was the anti-war movement. In addition to that, he was the one who started the Serra Club Northwest as well as St. Therese, and he was the president of both of those groups.
He never lost his sunny disposition, maintained an upbeat outlook, and couldn’t believe the amount of success and good fortune that came his way. Ruby and a great-grandson named Andrew both passed away before Vincent, but he is survived by his daughters Paula (Len), Karen T. (Tim), Barbara (Ron), and Bonnie; sons Patrick (Mary), Allen (Sue), Joseph (Tamara), Thomas, Timothy, and Ted (Stewart); and 18 grandchildren, including Tracee (Sri), Katie (Jesse), Natalie (Justin), Eva (John), and John (John), Alex, and Emily