Larry Johnson, of Boulder, Colo., formerly of Spencer, Minneapolis, Minn. and Telluride, Colo., passed away on Dec. 13, 2012, in Boulder, Colo.
Larry was born on March 7, 1950, to Arnold Monroe "Stub" Johnson and Irene Johnson (Perry). He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University in 1972. Larry was the former owner of Nice Man Merchandising, was self-employed in Real Estate Marketing, originator of Global Hobo, and an avid entrepreneur. He was also the recipient of numerous Rock and Roll Music Awards.
Larry was a devoted father and husband. The name Nice Man Merchandising literally described Larry's business practices, generosity, and commitment to his friends. Larry loved rock and roll, a party, a glass of brown whiskey, and a good cigar...and he always hoped no one was having more fun than him. His nieces and nephews said, "Everyone should have a cool uncle like Larry." His Midwest upbringing instilled in him an ethic of hard work, honesty, respect and responsibility in every aspect of his life. Larry loved to travel around the world, finding "out of the way" places for new and exciting stories.
Survivors include his wife, Jan Cole; daughters: Samantha Cole Johnson and Minte Cole; brother, Tom Johnson (Debra); mother in Law, Gramma Jo; nephews: Ira Johnson (Robyn) and Ethan Johnson; nieces: Amanda Hoffman (Brett) and Kathryn Johnson; as well as a menagerie of pets (Ruby, Lily, Lucky, and Pretty).
He was preceded in death by his mother, Irene Perry Johnson, and father, Arnold Monroe "Stub" Johnson.
Interment will be at River View Cemetery on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at noon in Spencer.