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Troy Johnson

Troy D. Johnson, 54 of New Ulm, died Saturday July 18, 2020 in Kellerton, IA.

A celebration of life for Troy will be held at a later date for immediate family due to COVID-19 constraints.  As per Troy’s wishes his cremains will be scattered in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Troy was born April 15, 1966 in Waseca, MN.  He was the third son and fourth child born to Terry and Sharon (deceased) Johnson of New Ulm.  Troy is survived by his father, Terry G. Johnson (Karen Rolloff), of New Ulm, sister Tammy J. Johnson of New Ulm, brother Toby R. Johnson (Tami Hauer) of New Ulm, nieces Teia L. Johnson of St Cloud, MN, Kaia J. Johnson of Waconia, MN, nephews Terry A. Johnson Jr (Kristen Compton) of New Ulm, Hayden T. Johnson of Waconia, MN, three great-nieces, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Troy graduated from New Ulm Senior High School in 1984 with dreams of living in Colorado and he did just that after graduation.  Troy’s career of choice was the paper and printing business.  He worked his way up the preverbal ladder until he achieved his goal which was the Printing Estimator Position for a large printing company in Colorado.  It was a career he was exceptionally great at and one he loved.  Troy also had an overwhelming love for the great outdoors. His passion was hiking the “14’ers” in Colorado. These were consider the mountain peaks which measured 14,000 feet or above.  He hiked these peaks with close friends and at times alone.  Nevertheless, it was something that provided him great joy and although he did not climb all 58 peaks, he did climb his share and was rewarded with the most spectacular beautiful views of nature and awesome beauty that surrounded him.  Troy fished, camped and hiked many places in Colorado.  At one point Troy had been certified as a white water rafting guide.  The thrilling rush of riding the white water rapids never got old for Troy.  Troy was always in search of the next “beautiful camp site”.  He was most comfortable in nature and the mountains.  The solitude suited him.

Troy was a man of quiet stature but he had tremendous charisma that made people draw close to him and therefore, he made friends with people where ever he went.  His unpretentious blue eyes, soft smile, warm energy and gentle way about him is what attracted people to him most.  Unfortunately, Troy had a disease he couldn’t rid his mind or body of.  It touches many lives and most assuredly leaves devastation in its wake.  It punished Troy relentlessly, throughout most of his adult life and ultimately lead to his premature death.  Troy’s denial and almost unbearable shame cost him, his friends and immediate family precious time for memories none of us will ever regain.  We are left to pick up the pieces and try to make sense of yet another life taken too soon.

Troy did make this world a better place for him having been a part of it.  Despite all the inevitable issues that arise from having this disease, Troy was loved beyond measure or words even though he couldn’t see it or feel it later in his life.

So what does his death teach us?  No matter how high the mountain – climb it!  Absorb the beauty in your life and surroundings.  Solitude is ok.  Listening is best in many instances and always believe with stead fast persistence there’s a better more “beautiful camp site” awaiting your arrival.

Troy was preceded in death by his mother Sharon L. (Madigan) Johnson, brothers Tony R. Johnson and Ty A. Johnson, Grandparents on both sides and many aunts and uncles.

Troy will undoubtly be remembered by all whom had the positive opportunity and pleasure to meet him and more so, to have known him.  He is finally at peace in the “best campsite” ever!

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Troy was an amazing man. I loved working with him and spent many hours taking, laughing and camping together. He was a role model to our children and will be greatly missed. Our love and prayers to his family

linda.dillon@live.com Jul 26 2020 12:00 AM

Terry, Tammy and Toby, Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so very sorry for your loss. Sending love, Mark, Debbie and Emily Betz

Debbie Betz Jul 23 2020 12:00 AM

Spent many nice days camping and rafting with Troy. Always a happy good spirit he will be missed.

Mark Daigneault Jul 22 2020 12:00 AM

Tammy, Terry and Toby,

Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs my friends.

Kala and Guy Henkensiefken

Kala Henkensiefken Jul 22 2020 12:00 AM

Terry, Tammy and Toby,

We are so sorry to hear of Troy's passing. Yes, Troy did have beautiful blue eyes, just like Tony's! We won't forget the warmth of those eyes! Our hearts hurt with yours... we would be with you in person if we could, but hope you can feel the tight hugs we are sending you in our hearts! Wishing you peace and comfort.

Lynn and Jane Ahlness Jul 21 2020 12:00 AM

A cousin I will never forget!! Taking a cruise to Alaska... Many moments by the campfire... and many more memories!!!

Diane Iverson Jul 20 2020 12:00 AM

I loved him...my Troy. Sweet smile and pretty blue eyes. I'm shocked but maybe not so much. I shared his friendship with so many people in my industry here in Denver. RIP TJ.

Ann Jul 20 2020 12:00 AM

TroyD was one of the best men I've ever known. He and I (when together) spent hours talking, remembering, and just hanging out enjoying each other's company. I'll never forget the night when he and I stayed up by the campfire talking into the early morning hours and a comet bursted a huge bright light in the night sky and we both stood up and were amazed at the sight. I will forever miss him and the long phone conversations we had. What a loving soul! You're at peace now TroyD. I love you!

Dawn Johnson Jul 20 2020 12:00 AM

Troy you will be so missed we had a lot of great memories the pictures you texted me were hilarious are fun times together lots of laughs you will be so so missed you will forever be in my thoughts RIP troy hope you are finally at pease and are Friday night dinners over here

DEBRA A VINSICK Jul 20 2020 12:00 AM

Terry, Tammy and Toby:
I loved Troy. He was sincerely, my best friend. He was always there for me. You all, as a family, have been my family. Troy, has been a part of my family for so long that I am deeply grieving him. He meant so much to so many and I hope and pray he knew that. I am eternally grateful for all the wonderful memories and I pray that those memories help me heal. I will miss him so much. He was truly one of a kind. All my love to you all.

Ronda R Netzke Jul 20 2020 12:00 AM

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