FLOWER MOUND, Texas — Bjorn Arlid Johnsen, 62, of Highland Village, Texas, passed away Dec. 28, 2016, at Baylor, Scott & White Hospital in Carrollton , Texas, after a courageous battle with cancer.
A memorial service will be at noon on Jan. 13, 2017, at Faith Lutheran Church, 6000 Morriss Rd., Flower Mound, Texas.
He was born April 8, 1954, to Peer Gosta and Ingeborg Johanne (Olsen) Johnsen in Oslo, Norway. Bjorn grew up in Norway and loved his beautiful native country. He remarked one time that he was born with snow skis on. He was well educated and learned many skills. Bjorn was a very good driver because he took his driving test in Norway on ice. His main occupation was a Chief Engineer on ships with the Norwegian Cruise Lines.
It was on the SS Norway that he met the love of his life, Gina Lee Allen, from Ardmore. They married May 18, 1997, at Lake Murray Chapel in Ardmore. They were blessed with one daughter, Margrethe Blain Johnsen. She was the joy and delight of their life. They first established residence in Denton, Texas, later moving to Highland Village. Bjorn liked to be busy and liked building and was called “Mr. Fix It” because he could fix anything. He also liked to sew. He recently laid floors in their den similar to what was on a ship. He built two flagpoles, one with the American flag and the other with the Norwegian flag. When he passed away, Tomm and Nina Skanvik lowered the flag to half mast in his honor.
He actually loved the Texas sun, and riding around in his wife’s corvette. He also loved swimming in the pool with Margrethe and dog Penny. He called himself “100% Texwegian.” Bjorn loved his laptop and was eager to learn. He talked to his momma, Ingeborg, and stepdad, Oddvar, frequently on Skype. Bjorn was using the computer long before many of us dared to try it. Gina and Bjorn loved to watch the Dallas Cowboys on television. When the game was on, they would don their Cowboys shirts and caps. Even their two Jack Russell dogs, Penny and Princess wore Cowboy kerchiefs around their neck when there was a game. Merle Haggard was a favorite of Bjorn and Gina. They went to many of his concerts with good friends, Bill and Jacqueline Hollaway. Bjorn was very personable and friendly. He made many lifelong friends having just met them while they were on a cruise. Even though he had seen many places in the world on cruises, he still enjoyed traveling and seeing the world. He and Gina Visited many places in the United States. He enjoyed showing Maike from Norway Boot Hill in Kansas. He loved Christmas and decorating their home. He also got to interact with his four stepbrothers-in-law, Jimmy, John and Joe Phillips and Randy Gentry at Christmas time. A sense of humor was one of his best qualities. We will all miss his laughter and great smile.
He is survived by his wife, Gina and daughter, Margrethe of the home; his mother, Ingeborg and Oddvar Nelsen of Oslo, Norway; his father-in-law, Barney and Modina Allen of Lone Grove; his mother-in-law, LaNora and Bud Barnes of Marietta; sisters-in-law, Paula Bohon of Ardmore and Ava and Dave Erger of Lafayette, Colo.; aunts, Gunvor Backstom and Marit Rundgren; an uncle, Tor Olsen; and cousins, Marianne Backstom, Karina Olsen, Nina and Tomm Skanvik, Frank Rundgren, Eicke Johnsen, and Jonny, Wenche and Tor Arne Olsen, and Jarle and Anne Britt Olsen, all from Norway.
Preceding him in death was his father, Peer Gosta Johnsen; his paternal grandparents, Sigurd Alexander Johnsen and Erna Margrethe (Sachs) Johnsen; and his maternal grandparents, Gunnar Osvald Olsen and Olga Pauline (Paulsen) Olsen.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the college fund of his daughter, Margrethe, at the home address.