Andrew David Johnson ended his own life at the age of 23, after years of struggling with depression. He is survived by his best friend and brother: Ashur Nelson, his parents: Lisa Boots and David (Debbie) Johnson, all of Alexandria. Andrew is preceded in death by his uncle: Byron; great-aunt: Sandy; and his great-grandparents.
Andrew grew up in Alexandria and many of you remember him as an academic and athletic all-star. He was once described as having “the heart of a lion”. Track, football, swimming at Latoka beach, fishing, hunting, hiking, and cooking were among many of his loves. Andrew made fond memories spending countless hours with his dad learning how to fish and hunt. He also loved spending time cooking with his mom, which sparked his interest in trying new recipes and making delicious dinners. Andrew’s number one priority was always his brother, Ashur. They were best friends and enjoyed everything together, from swimming and fishing to video games, board games, Pokémon and just hanging out “chillin”. At Concordia College, he double majored in chemistry and biology. His research trip to Yellowstone led to a published article and other well-deserved awards. He was always a hard worker and had aspirations for medical school and to be a chef, which he truly was. His favorite saying was “oh nice!”
Andrew would have succeeded in any profession and would’ve added his greatest attributes of kindness, selflessness, tenderness, and a wonderfully goofy sense of humor to any and all his endeavors. He loved his family, friends, pets: Penny, Buster, Orin, Little Joe, Baby Kitty, Lincoln, and Ace, and above all serving others. His work with Habitat for Humanity in Florida and Alabama showcased his leadership abilities. Andrew always wanted to make a positive impact on others and to the world, and with being an organ donor, he will still be helping others.
We are beyond sad and heartbroken that Andrew was unable to overcome his depression even through the love, support, and prayers of his family and so many friends. If you or a loved one is struggling from depression, feeling hopeless or helpless, please reach out for help. It is a journey that doesn’t have to be taken alone. Andrew would be the first person to tell you that you matter, and you are loved.
There IS help available. It is OK to ask for help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 across the United States at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or on the website at: sucidepreventionlifeline.org
There will be a visitation from 4-7 pm on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria, MN and for one hour prior to the service at the church. You are encouraged to wear Star Wars or Marvel apparel on Wednesday. A celebration of life service will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 11:00 am. This service will be live-streamed and recorded for family and friends to view from Andrew’s obituary page on the Anderson Funeral Home website at 11:00 AM on Thursday.