Lyndon Leroy Johnson, age 84, of Laporte, MN passed away unexpectedly at Essentia Health in Fargo,
ND on Monday, April 3, 2023.
Lyndon was born at the Walker Hospital on January 12, 1939, to George Johnson Sr and Edythe
(VanVickle) Johnson. Lyndon married his wife, Alice (Jorgenson) Johnson on October 4, 1960, at the
Gospel Tabernacle on 5th Street in Walker. They moved on to the Paulson Turkey farm north of Walker
where Lyndon worked and he also worked at the Chuck Livingston small engine repair business where
Walker Polaris business currently operates. They were blessed with 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 11
great-grandchildren. Lyndon’s family and the many friendships were the dearest to his heart.
Lyndon attended school only through the 8th grade. In 1965 he moved his young family to Staples MN
to attend HVAC Trade School for one year. Then moving back to Benedict, Lyndon started out as a
plumber’s helper for Bob Andrews Sr. and moved on to work for Bob Mallory and eventually going out
on his own. He started his first plumbing shop in the alley behind Walker Hardware on main street in his
parents’ garage in 1968. Frank Orton helped and encouraged Lyndon into including Fuel oil furnace
conversions from coal burning furnaces into his already established business. After moving his business
to his garage in Benedict, he suffered the loss of his business due to a fire. He then bought land to build
his Plumbing shop in Benedict, known as Lindy’s Plumbing in 1976. He purchased the Hardware Hank
franchise in 1978 adding on to his plumbing shop to accommodate the Hardware. Lyndon was also in
the septic business and held 3 licenses required to design, install and inspect septics. Lyndon officially
retired in July of 2022 at the age of 83. Tim continues working in Plumbing. Lyndon’s family business
consisted of 3 generations of master plumbers; himself, his son Tim and grandson Chad. His nephew
Donald was a journeyman plumber and worked for Lyndon for 36 years. Other Employees included
many local community members through the years.
Over the years, Lyndon owned Silver Springs Resort on Kabekona Bay and co-owned Water’s Edge on
Steamboat Bay with his brother, Larry. Lyndon and his brother, Larry, also played in a country band, the
Rambalons for many years. Lyndon’s love of playing the drums started young when he “borrowed” the
drum set his son, Tim, received for Christmas. Tim never did get to try out his drum set before they
disappeared to the garage! Lyndon also played bass guitar.
Texas was very special to Lyndon and Alice to escape the cold winters of Minnesota. They vacationed
there for over 30 years. They enjoyed spending time with very good park friends, and Lyndon continued
to play music with his brother Larry in Texas, and later his son Tim joined them Playing guitar and
singing. With Lyndon’s passion for music, he established a location for Benedict weekly music jams that
started with his brother Larry and Ryan Pels years ago. This quickly developed into many locals, as well
as out of state musicians joining them weekly to jam in Benedict with many loyal fans attending,
While Lyndon was not in the military services, he attempted to join several branches when he came of
age. However, due to a childhood injury that resulted in one lung and crushed vertebrae, he was
rejected. This did not diminish his loyalty. He always decorated many classic cars and floats with the
American flag for the Fourth of July parades in Walker to display his patriotism for his Country.
Lyndon is survived by his wife Alice; son Tim (Shelli) Johnson; daughters Terri White and Tamara
Johnson; special nephew Donald (Darcy) Johnson; grandsons Dustin (Amber) Nelson, Chad (Stacey)
White, Tyler (Jannelle) Johnson; granddaughters Heather (Gus) Forseman, Myha (Kylie) White, Samantha
(Nolan) Bixby and Lacy (Cody Lawrence) Hadrava; great-grandsons Carter Nelson, Joseph Bieloh,
Lexington Nelson, Reid White, Weston Bixby, Lincoln Nelson and Baby Lindy Johnson; great-
granddaughters Macy Bixby, Courtney White, Olive Johnson and Layla Forseman; brothers Robert F
(Darlene) Johnson Sr, Larry (Doris) Johnson, Richard (Eileen) Johnson and Ronald (Paula) Johnson.
Lyndon was preceded in death by brothers George Johnson Jr, infant brother Gene Leroy Johnson,
Donald Johnson, Billy Johnson, Clifford Johnson, sister, Roxanne Erickson; son-in-law Joel White and
infant grandson Nathan Joel White.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2022, from 5-8 PM at the Community Church in Walker and
from 10 to 11 AM on Wednesday, April 12 with funeral services starting at 11:00 A.M. Following the
service, a luncheon will be held at the church. Fellowship hall. Arrangements are provided by
Whispering Pines Funeral & Cremation Service of Walker, Minnesota (whisperingpinesnorth.com).
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