Harley E. Johnson


Harley Johnson


Harley E. Johnson, age 82 of North Branch died on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at his residence.


Harley was born on August 29, 1929 in St. Paul to parents, Vivian and Emma (Bethke) Johnson.  He attended school in White Bear Lake where he graduated.  

He married Margie Orlando on September 23, 1950 at Messiah Lutheran Church in St. Paul.  

 Harley and Margie started Harley’s Sod Farm in 1955 in Roseville and later moved the business to Hugo and when more land was needed they eventually moved the Sod Farm to North Branch.  

Harley and Margie were members of TPI (Turf Producers International) and were able to travel to many places throughout the world attending the meetings and conventions.  

Harley was an avid fisherman and hunter.  He also liked to do woodworking, traveling, fishing trips to Canada and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 


Harley is survived by his wife, Margie; children, Harlyn Bauernfeind of North Branch; Harley, Jr. (Debi) Johnson of Hugo; Judy (Steve) Remitz of Rush City and Kent (Tammy) Johnson of North Branch; grandchildren, Darci, Derek, Shannon, Harley III, Amy, Adam, Tianna and Ketrina; seven great grandchildren, Kiera, Blake, Brody, Payton, Easton, Justin and Cash and one on the way.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vivian and Emma; brother, Curt Johnson and son in law, Neil Bauernfeind.


Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 20, 2012 at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch with Rev. Gary Guptill officiating,  Deb Aulich served as organist and Harley’s niece Rachel Bigelow was soloist.  

Serving as casket bearers are Harley Johnson, III,  Derek Remitz, Adam Bauernfeind, Mike Honer, Jason Kilmarten and Brock Laffin.  

Visitation will be on Sunday, August 19 from 4-6 p.m. at Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch and one hour prior to the service at church on Monday.  

Interment will follow the service at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery at North Branch.


Memorials are preferred to Fairview Home Caring and Hospice or Trinity Lutheran Church.


Arrangements were under the direction of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch.  Condolences may be left at www.grandstrandfh.com.

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