Virgil A. Johnson

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March 9, 1930 – May 31, 2019

Virgil A. Johnson, 89, died peacefully May 31, 2019. Services were held June 5 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck, ND.

Virgil was born March 9, 1930 on a farm in Suring, WI. On June 30, 1947 he married his 4-H sweetheart, Marie Alice Krause (Mary). They had five children.

In 1949 Virgil and Mary, with son David, moved to southern Wisconsin. Thus began his life long career in cheese making, first in Seneca, then Stitzer. He opened his first cheese plant in 1950. From 1962 to 1983 Virgil opened cheese plants in Selfridge, ND, Wishek, ND, Timber Lake, SD, and Dickinson, ND.



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