A Celebration of Life for Kip Johnson, 56 of Stewartville, MN will take place from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Sunday (September 22, 2019) at the Stewartville American Legion. Kip died on Monday (September 16, 2019) , following a brief illness.
Kip Edwin Johnson was born on November 16, 1962 in Rochester,MN to Darryl and Mary Ann (Swanson) of Grand Meadow,MN. He grew up in Grand Meadow and graduated from Grand Meadow H.S. in 1981. As a teenager he began working at Andy’s Electric in Grand Meadow and continued there for a number of years learning how to repair and rebuild starters and alternators for autos, farm and industrial equipment.
Kip was married on June 30, 1990 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church to Jacquelyn M. Barrett. Following their marriage they lived for a few years in Stewartville before moving to Grand Meadow in 1992 with their daughter Stacy. In 2002 they returned to Stewartville where they have continued to make their home.
Kip was the owner/operator of Johnson Auto Electric for over 20 years continuing to repair and rebuild starters and alternators for a wide range of customers all over S.E. Minnesota. Kip shared the shop with Richard Jensen whom he held in high regard. It wasn’t unusual for Kip to get emergency calls at all hours and to work on weekends and holidays. His knowledge and experience will be greatly missed. Kip enjoyed working on his many projects in his garage from rebuilding engines, to building a street hot rod and was a member of NHRA(National Hot Rod Assn). He was a Ford man who enjoyed driving his 2008 customized Mustang and occasionally would let Jackie and Stacy take it for a spin. Kip enjoyed visiting with neighbors, customers and friends. He loved time spent with his family, especially his grand-daughters.
Kip is survived by his wife – Jackie; daughter Stacy(Jason) Cooper and granddaughters – Paige and Meghan Cooper; his parents – Darryl and Mary Ann Johnson of Grand Meadow, MN; 1 sister – Jonalle (Steve) Sauer and 2 brothers – Curt (Diane) Johnson and Terry Johnson (Sara Senjem); 6 sisters-in-law – Pat Jordan, Rose Scrabeck, Peggy Barrett, Kathy (John) Heibel, Sandy (Steve) Ristau and Trudy Barrett; 4 brothers-in-law – Bill (Marcia) Barrett, Jim Barrett, Don (Julie) Barrett, Dave (Tammy Fetsch); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, father and mother-in-law – Don and Bette Barrett, sister – in-law - Marlys Barrett and brothers-in-law John Barrett and Larry Scrabeck.
A private family burial will take place at St. Ligouri Cemetery in rural Greenleafton,MN. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. On-line condolences and memories of Kip are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com
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