Johnson Passes Away
Randy Johnson, of Johnson Sales in Long Lake, Minn., passed away
on Wednesday, December 26, 2007, from pancreatic cancer.
Johnson earned his bachelor's degree in 1967 from the School of
Forestry, Oregon State University. In 1969 he earned his MBA from
University of Minnesota. He entered the glass industry with Harmon
Glass, where he assisted in the acquisition of Hiawatha Glass. Johnson
went on to serve as the vice president of sales with Viracon. He
founded Northland Glass in 1978, and then sold that company to Hordis
Bros. to found Johnson Sales.
During his tenure with Northland Glass, Johnson served as president
of the Sealed Insulated Glass Manufacturers Associations (SIGMA).
A longstanding member of the Minnesota Glass Association (MGA)-and
a board member for the last three years-Johnson was recognized at
MGA's 2007 Midwest Glass Conference with the creation of a special
"Randy Johnson worked in the glass industry as a sales representative
for a number of years. Calling him a sales representative falls
far short of describing him," says Mike Schmaltz, executive director
of MGA. "Randy became a friend and trusted advisor to his customers
and worked hard to improve the industry. He consulted with his customers
as they dealt with change and troubles, helping them emerge successfully.
He sponsored countless fishing and hunting trips, golf outings,
huge pork chop cookouts, etc., all of which led to better relations
within the industry. He demonstrated leadership through involvement
in trade associations such as the MGA, always there with innovative
ideas and time. We will truly miss him."
A memorial service for Johnson will be held January 7 at the Holy
Name of Jesus church in Wayzata, Minn. The church will be open at
5 p.m. for visitation and the service will follow at 6 p.m. Following
the memorial service there will be a social gathering at The Reserve
in Plymouth, Minn., beginning at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made
to Pheasants Forever or Caringbridge.org.
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