Barry Druex Johnson, 58, Stanley, formerly of New Town, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in his home.
Barry was born on March 28, 1954, in Stanley, the son of Morris and Helen Jean (Ellis) Johnson. He was raised in New Town where he attended school and graduated from New Town High School in 1973.
Barry was united in marriage to Sandra Estvold on June 11, 1977, in New Town. They made their home in New Town where they raised their family. For many years, Barry and Sandy operated a daycare in their home. Barry loved kids. He took pride in caring for his yard and always helped Sandy with chores around the house.
Barry liked to keep busy and worked in a variety of positions at local businesses. He worked with his father at H & M Liquor and helped when needed at S & B Sporting Goods. He was a meat cutter at Piggly Wiggly, cooked at the New Town nursing home and clerked at the Kum & Go and Cenex C-Store. He was also the first manager of the new ALCO in New Town. Following Sandra's death on May 18, 2008, he continued to make New Town his home. In 2010, he moved to Stanley and was currently working at Stanley High School as a teacher's aide. He was also serving as a fill-in lay minister at churches throughout the area.
Barry was a very devoted husband. He cherished spending time with his wife and children. He loved the annual family deer hunt, drives through the countryside with Sandy and fishing with his children. He loved being in the kitchen. He was a great cook and one of his favorite things to do was to bake. He also liked to can and made great salsa. Another specialty of his was party mix. He loved Ford Mustangs and dreamed of one day buying a Mach One. Barry enjoyed music and he sang at numerous funerals and weddings throughout his life. Blessed be his memory among us.
Barry is survived by: his children, Travis (Maranda Asheim) of Powers Lake, Devin (Tami) of Parshall, Maggi Johnson (Jason Lynn) of Ryder and Lorin (Brittney Harstad) of Parshall; father, Morris of Stanley; sisters, Lynda Morris of Durango, Colo., Shelly Rogstad (Roger) of Fargo and Sherry Laib (Lavern) of Stanley; mother-in-law, Margaret Estvold of New Town; sisters-in-law, Victoria Dawson (Jim) of New Town and Carol Zacher (Brad) of Parshall; brothers-in-law, Duane Estvold (Sharen) and Dale Estvold (Holly), both of New Town; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by: his mother, Helen Jean; wife, Sandra; brothers, Lonny, Donny and Cory; and father-in-law, Marvin Estvold.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town.
There will be visitation today, Sunday, Nov. 4, from 2 to 7 p.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town, with a family service at 7 p.m.
Interment will take place in Van Hook Cemetery, rural New Town.
Online condolences may be shared at (www.langhansfuneralhome.com).
(Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall)