Newton A. Johnson

Fairmont, Minnesota


March 15, 2017
Fairmont, Minnesota


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Newton A. Johnson, age 98, of Fairmont, passed away on March 15, 2017, at Goldfinch Estates Memory Care. Newton was born September 5, 1918, in Minneapolis, the son of Albert F. and Mabel Johnson. He grew up in North Branch, MN graduating in 1936. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College and graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 1942. He then served as a Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1942 until 1948.

On May 5, 1945, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Dahlgren in Cambridge, MN. They lived in Hickory, North Carolina, until 1948 when they moved to Fairmont where he joined Leo J. Seifert in the practice of law.  After Mr. Seifert’s death in 1972, he and Richard D. Berens and James A. Wilson formed a law partnership as Johnson, Berens and Wilson.  He was the Fairmont City Attorney for fourteen years and chairman of the Martin County Republican Party for four years.  In 1966 he was elected to the State House of Representatives where he served two terms.

Newt served on the Boards of Directors for Fairmont National Bank, Bank Midwest, Lakeview Methodist Healthcare Center and Interlaken Golf Club. He also was past President of Kiwanis, the Martin County Bar Association, the 17th Judicial District Bar Association and served as a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar Association.  He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church where he sang in the choir, served on the Board and was President of the congregation for two terms.

Newt also had a love of music and was one of the founders of the Fairmont Barbershop Chapter in 1953.  He played the piano for enjoyment into his nineties with limited vision.  Golf was an important part of his life. He began playing at the age of eleven.  In his younger days, he won many tournaments and later won the Interlaken Club Championship at Fairmont.  He shot his age many times in later years.  Newt and Jane lived in  Tucson, AZ during the winter months starting in 1984 and enjoyed playing golf there as members of Oro Valley Country Club.

Within his family, he was a role model.  He was respected and loved so very much because of the way that he lived his life.  His sage advice, kindness, compliments, warm hugs and genuine interest in all of the little details in the lives of those he loved will always be treasured.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 72 years, Jane; son Bruce (Sue); daughter Marilee (Joe) Wandke; son Todd (Amy); grandchildren Dana, Brett, John, Laura, Eric and Leah; great grandson Jack; brother Howard and sister Shirley Zeien.

He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Mabel; sister Audrey Schedin; infant daughter and infant granddaughter.

A service celebrating his life will be held at a later date in the Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center chapel in Fairmont. Burial at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, North Branch.  Arrangements by Lakeview funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont.

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Jane, Bruce Marilee, Todd & family,
It has been many years since I left Farimont.
Dick Berens informed me of Newt's passing.
My thoughts & prayers go out to you during
this sad time. Newt was amazing! I have so many fond memories of him & your whole family.Especially, Stephanie taking her grubby, year old hands & pulling on your
dining room curtains. I was mortified!!!
Sincerely, Vikki (Berens) Sandvik

I have fond memories of Newt beginning with my childhood as he and Mr. Seifert were our family attorneys. Always a caring person. My sympathy to you.
Deanna (Smith) Beise

Greetings to all of you,
I know I speak for my whole family as I send our warmest sympathies to you at the passing on to Heaven of your dear husband/ dad.
Your family welcomed us to our new city back in
1965 by having us over for a lovely supper. We have lots of good memories together.
Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers
during these tender days and nights.
We will watch for further details to come.
Peace and Love,
JoAnn, Michael Huss...

Bruce, Todd and Marilee I am so sorry for the passing of your dad. Your mom and dad were such a great, supporting couple. I have memories from Cub Scouts, church events, sporting events of their support for all. I worked with your dad on real estate transactions later and it was always a great experience. It does not matter how old a parent might be when you lose them it is still very hard. My thoughts are with you.