Mitchell Lewis Johnson, 49, of Ponemah, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, at the Miller-Dwan Hospital in Duluth, MN.
Traditional funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Ponemah Elementary School with Spiritual Leaders Anna Gibbs, Greeting Spears Sr. and Carol Barrett officiating. A wake will begin at 5 p.m. today at the Ponemah Elementary School and will continue until the time of the service. Burial will be at Family Burial Grounds in Ponemah under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.
Pallbearers will be Brandon "Butch" Johnson, Charles Haukaas, Dalton Walker, Bryan Johnson, Bradley Johnson Jr., Bruce Dow Jr., Dewayne Dow Jr., Wyatt Mills, and alternate Chris "Gus" Schoenborn Jr..
Honorary pallbearers will be Ernest Johnson Jr., Clarence Spears, Ron Smith, Curtis Iceman, Dougie Spears, Corey French, Ole Spears Jr., Martin Parkhurst, Gary Lee Johnson, Dustin Johnson, Bradley Johnson Sr., the staff of the Ponemah Elementary School, and all of his friends.
He was born on May 12, 1959, to Eugene and Elizabeth (Parkhurst) Johnson in Red Lake. He was raised in Battle River, Minn., on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. He graduated from Red Lake High School. After finishing school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. When he was honorably discharged, he moved to Ponemah and started working for the Ponemah Elementary School in 1988. He worked at the school for more than 20 years. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping. He was a native craftsman and also enjoyed wood carving. He loved to spend time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his daughter, Miranda Johnson of Ponemah; son, Vincent Johnson of Ponemah; sisters, Donna Johnson of Ponemah, Gail (Pat) Mills of Gordon, Neb., Vicki (Brad) Johnson of Battle River and Chele Johnson of Battle River; brothers, Eugene "Sonny" (Charlene) Johnson Jr. of Red Lake, Dan (Deanna) Johnson of Ponemah and Richard Johnson of Battle River; special friend, Joan Lasley of Red Lake; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lulu Johnson; and brother; Stuart Johnson.