Michael Joseph Johnson, "Miskwa-Andeg," 27
Michael Joseph Johnson, "Miskwa-Andeg," 27, of Redby, MN entered the spirit world on Friday, July 27, 2007, in the highest tradition of the Ogichida by giving his life so others may live.
Traditional Funeral Services will be 10:00 am, Thursday, August 2, 2007 at the Redby Community Center in Redby, MN with Spiritual Leader Nathan Smith officiating. A visitation will be from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji. A wake will begin at 11:00am, Wednesday, August 1, 2007, at the Redby Community Center, and continue until the time of the service. Interment will be at the Fox Point Cemetery in Redby, MN under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.
He was born on June 23, 1980, in Bemidji, MN the son of Joe and Eileen (Loud) Johnson. He was raised and educated in Bemidji until the age of sixteen when he moved to Redby. He attended Bemidji High School during the day and Leech Lake Tribal College at night. He earned enough credits to complete high school in three years graduating in 1999. He was studying the Ojibwe language and earning credits toward an Associates degree at the Leech Lake Tribal College after he graduated from high school. He worked at the Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls, for six years before transferring to the Red Lake Casino. He started out as a busboy and worked his way up to being a chef. He enjoyed working on, and attending car shows, playing poker, playing and watching all sports. He enjoyed attending pow-wows, he was a traditional dancer, also a singer. He did beadwork, made pipes, and made dreamcatchers for nieces, nephews, and whoever needed them. He loved being with his friends and family.
He is survived by: Mother, Eileen Loud Johnson of Redby, MN, Father, Joe Johnson of Bemidji, MN, Sister, Anne-Marie Johnson of Redby, MN, Niece, Gabriella Dominguez of Redby, MN, Grandmother, Ennis Johnson of Redby, MN, Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by: his grandparents Johnson and Clemence Loud, grandfather Frank Johnson, uncles, and cousins.
Honorary Casketbearers will be: Jim Brown, Mickey Hodges, Paul Beaulieu, Cliff Martell, Joe Aitken, Bill Morris, Ron Leith, Harold Donnell, Duane Hill, Peter McKenzie, Clayton Benjamin, Charles Smith Jr., Jack Johnson, Hodge White, Genci Haloci, Tim Schoenborn, Doug Yellow, Ron Kingbird, Mark Kingbird and Vince Beyl.
Active Casketbearers will be: Jeff Roy Sr., Dwight "Bud" Johnson, Bill McKenzie, Willie Bedeau, Floyd Iceman, Rick Hinden, Carl White, and Randy Johnson Jr.