Dec. 29, 1942-
Nov. 5, 2019
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Lowell M. “Codge” Johnson, 76, of Fayetteville, Ark. departed this life Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Washington Regional Medical Center. He was born Dec. 29, 1942, in Minneapolis. An active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, he was the founder of the food delivery program to 7 Hills Homeless Shelter, helped deliver snacks packs in the Outback program to Fayetteville Public Schools and was a member of two separate Bible study groups. He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond Johnson and Winifred Hansen Johnson and a brother Loren “Whitey” Johnson.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years Shirley Haugen Johnson; his daughter Sara Cooper and her husband Drew of Springdale, Ark.; his daughter Kari Young and her husband Jeff of Bentonville, Ark.; four grandchildren Katherine Cooper and Ben Cooper of Springdale, and Jackson Young and Austin Young of Bentonville; and by his nephew Aaron Johnson of Cottonwood.
Codge was a talented athlete, playing basketball and football for Marshall High School. He went on to graduate from Mankato State University and served in the Minnesota National Guard. Codge enjoyed a 42-year career with Butterball, transferring from Minnesota to northwest Arkansas in 1982. Upon his retirement as a distribution manager in 2007, Codge immersed himself in the lives and activities of his grandchildren.
Memorial service is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Memorials are preferred to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2901 E. Zion, Fayetteville, AR 72703 or 7 Hills Homeless Shelter, 1031 N. College Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72701. To place an online tribute, please visit www.nelsonberna.com