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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