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Jan 28, 2010

Funeral Arrangements for Craig Johnson

By Tami Deedrick

As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, the IBM i community lost an advocate and friend with the death of IBM i Product Manager, Craig Johnson, this week. It was a shocking blow that leaves more questions than answers. One Facebook mourner asked, “Can we recover from this?” Another, “How can we possibly fill that hole?” While we ponder the answers to those questions, let’s ask another: How can we honor this great man and all he’s meant to our community?

The opportunity to do just that will happen this weekend. Visitation and funeral arrangements have been announced for Craig and will take place as follows:

  • Visitation on Friday, Jan. 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Macken Funeral Home, 1105 12th St SE, Rochester, Minn.
  • Visitation on Saturday, Jan 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 5455 50th Avenue NW, Rochester, Minn.
  • Funeral Mass immediately following at 10:00 a.m.

The Macken Funeral Home has set up a Web site with Craig’s obituary, maps to visitation and funeral sites, and message-delivery service where mourners can send private messages to Craig’s family.

I, for one, take comfort in a divine purpose far beyond my own understand and I pray that Kathy, Megan, Casey and all Craig’s family, friends and colleagues may find some measure of that as well. Craig, we’ve loved you and we’ll miss you terribly.

Distance will prevent many of you from attending services in Minnesota. But, wherever you are, will you join with me this weekend in honoring and saying goodbye to a beloved friend and colleague? Your love, prayers and sympathy are sure to be felt and appreciated. Thank you.

UPDATE: Just found out this news from the local Iowa paper, the Globe Gazette:

Family of accident victim seeks missing pet


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