Richard E. Johnson

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the Brooks Funeral Home, Langdon for Richard E. Johnson, 79, of Walhalla.

richard johnson

Posted on 3/18/16

He died Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Pembina County Memorial Hospital, Cavalier.

Burial will be held Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the St. Han’s Cemetery, Edmore.

Richard was born October 31, 1936 in Cavalier County to Joseph and Gladys (Swenson) Johnson. He grew up in the Pembina Gorge area of Cavalier County. Following his graduation from Langdon High School, he farmed in Ramsey County where he met his future wife Judith. After attending North Dakota State University for two years he then continued and graduated from Mayville State College with his Bachelor of Science Degree. He taught school in Lancaster, Minn. for two years and then in the Grand Forks School District for 11 years. While teaching in Grand Forks, he received his Masters Degree from the University of North Dakota and also during that time started to establish Frost Fire Ski and Summer Resort near Walhalla in the Pembina River Gorge. In December of 1976, he and Judith opened the ski area, which continues in its 41st year of skiing and live theatre events. On August 20, 1961, he married Judith E. Landsem at St. Han’s Church near Edmore.

He is survived by his wife, Judith; one son, Jay Richard (Delane) Johnson, Langdon; grandsons: Joshua, Christian, and Jens Johnson; siblings: Lorraine Hell, Seattle, Wash., Lee Johnson, Green Valley, Ariz., Larry Johnson, Walhalla and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Brooks Funeral Home of Langdon was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are available at