This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Christopher Johnson who was born in South Bend, Indiana on June 08, 1976 and passed away on June 21, 2008 at the age of 32. We will remember him forever.
Christopher Allen Johnson
Christopher Allen Johnson, 32, of Minneapolis, MN, formerly of Mishawaka,
passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2008 in Bloomington, IN. Christopher
was born on June 8. 1976 in South Bend and grew up in Mishawaka. He moved
to Minneapolis, MN 10 years ago. On June 8, 2007 in Howard Lake, Minnesota,
he married the former Michele Lynn Riordan, who survives.
Along with his wife, Michele and their two beloved dogs Smeagol and Chloe,
survivors in his immediate family include his parents, Kenny and Wendy (Welch)
Johnson, his sister Dawn Marie Johnson,his Grandmother Virginia Reed,
his nephews Taylor Allen and Christopher Ashton, all of Mishawaka, and his
Mother-In-Law, Martha Riordan of Federal Way, Washington. Also are his
Aunts and Uncles Wanda(Jimmy) Leyes, Julie (Steve) Janiszewski, Marcia Kay
(Jim) Stewart, Gary Welch, Terry Johnson, Peggy Terry, Janet Daniel and
Gail (Vernon) Marshall. He has many more Aunts,Uncles and Cousins, both locally
and scattered around the country.
During his life in Mishawaka, he attended Penn High School. He loved
skatebording and music. In 1998, he and some friends moved to Minneapolis.
He has worked at the Uptown Davannis in Minneapolis as shift supervisor and
cook for the past 8 years. When his cousin Ryan moved to Minneapolis, they
formed a band called Useless Wooden Toys playing at venues all around
Minneapolis. As their popularity grew, they started touring all over the
country playing in cities as Seattle, San Diego, Denver, Chicago, Milwaukee,
New York City, and so many more, making friends everywhere they went.
In 2004 he met the love of his life, Michele. They were married at her Uncle
John and Aunt Shirley's home overlooking St. Mary's Lake in Minnesota in 2007.
It was a beautiful celebration of their love for each other and their love
towards their family and friends.
We have heard from so many people from around the country, personal friends,
fellow musicians and people who Christopher has met during his many travels, all
expressing their love, support and wonderful stories. He loved many and was
loved by more. He will be greatly missed.
Cremation took place in Bloomington, Indiana. There will be no formal service.
We invite everyone to a Celebration of Christopher's life being held at
George Wilson Park on Dragoon Trail in Mishawaka, June 29, 2008. Come share your memories
with his wife Michele and his family. Hours are 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Palmer Funeral HOme-River Park, South Bend is assisting the Johnson family
with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered to the family at
MISHAWAKA -- A Mishawaka native and lead singer of a popular alternative band is dead.
Police say 32-year-old Christopher Johnson was stabbed after an altercation in Bloomington Saturday night with a man from Warsaw.
Witnesses told police the fight started after Brian White of Warsaw grabbed a woman and Johnson tried to intervene. Johnson was lead singer for the alternative band "Useless Wooden Toys."
Officers later found White hiding in a cellar. He faces a preliminary charge of murder.
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