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Loren "Ted" Johnson

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Loren Theodore "Ted" Johnson

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B.Saturday, March 24, 1945D.Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Loren Theodore "Ted" Johnson
LTC (R) Loren "Ted" Johnson, 72, Los Alamitos, Calif., formally of Valley City, N.D., died Wednesday, March 29th, in his home. Ted was born March 24, 1945 in New Rockford, N.D., to Anton and Ruth (ne Steinmann) Johnson.

Ted graduated from Valley City High School in 1963 and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Valley City State College in 1969 with a triple major in industrial arts, math and science and a minor in German.
Ted earned his teaching certificate and taught science, math and industrial arts in Hoople, N.D. Starting in 1973, he worked for Melroe Division/Clark Equipment in Gwinner, N.D., as an industrial trainer/efficiency engineer.
He entered the North Dakota Army National Guard in 1963 and earned his commission in 1966 through the ND NG Officer Candidate School. He became a qualified engineer and also an Army Aviator, earning both his fixed wing and rotary certifications.
Ted began his full-time military career with the Army in 1977 where he completed 32 years of honorable service. He earned the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and multiple other medals and ribbons, including his Aviator Qualification Badge.
He was an engineer battalion training officer for the 141st Engineer Combat Battalion, NDANG, Valley City, N.D.; engineer action officer for Army Reserves, St. Louis, Mo.; construction battalion executive officer for the 961st Engineer Battalion, Milwaukee, Wis.; and a facilities & construction staff engineer for the 63rd ARCOM, Los Alamitos, Calif., where he completed his military career but continued to work as a private contractor for their engineering division.
Upon retirement Ted enjoyed working with the 7.5" gauge steam locomotives in Riverside, Calif. and was a proud member of Riverside Live Steamers. He was also a member of the Central North Dakota Steam Threshers and Western Minnesota Steam Threshers. He enjoyed classic motorcycles and shared this interest with his son, Tony. They refurbished a 1966 Triumph Bonneville T120 motorcycle and took it to several motorcycle shows in Southern Calif.
Ted recently celebrated 49 years of marriage to Karen Johnson (ne Graveen). With their two children, Susan and Tony, the family took many trips over the years. Ted and Karen especially enjoyed traveling to the Hawaiian Islands during the last 10 years of his life.
Ted was the epitome of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers motto, "Essayons" - French for "Let us try!" His smile and big, boisterous laugh will be missed by many who knew him.
He is survived by his wife Karen of Los Alamitos, Calif.; daughter Susan Grenz, her husband Brad and their two children, Sarah and Matt, of Fargo, N.D.; son Tony, his wife April and their son Miles of Cypress, Calif. Ted is also survived by his sister, Le Ann Booth, Omaha, Neb., and her daughters, Gay Dahlke, her husband Paul and their family; Nan Birkemier, her husband Gary and their family; and Loni Meyer, her husband Dewey and their family; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother-in-law, Lon Heinitz, his aunts and an uncle.
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