MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — A man who has carried a large cross around the country the past 11 years will be remembered in a private funeral service Wednesday in Moorhead.

Chuck Johnson, who described himself as “Cross Carrier Chuck,” said it was his mission in life to carry the cross from town to town, urging people he met to get baptized. The 1980 Moorhead High School graduate was found dead of a heart attack in a hotel room in Florence, S.C., last week. He was 49 years old.

His journey is documented on the Internet by those he met, including bloggers and reporters.

Johnson’s sister, Kris Valan, tells The Forum the family arranged to have her brother’s remains cremated and returned to Moorhead.

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Comments (5)
  1. gdog says:

    I think I saw him once in the Park Rapids area. I wish I would have paid more attention. RIP friend.

  2. Cross Walk ? says:

    He carried a torture device around. WOW amazing stuff *eyeroll* Good thing Jesus didn’t die by the guillotine or the electric chair… those would be tough to drag around.

    Good thing our nation has plenty of “Cross Walks”

    1. Dumbcommentremover says:

      Have some respect for the man, his family and his beliefs. Wonder how you would feel if someone make comments like yours at you parents funeral? I’m very ashamed of you.

      1. markH says:

        We can respect the man. We can respect his right to do what he wishes with his life. What we do not have to respect are silly and divisive beliefs in the supernatural that have caused so much trouble throughout history. I do not respect beliefs that tell young children that they are born defective, guilty, or deformed in moral character and are in need of a human sacrifice to atone for these “sins.” This is simply immoral-to say nothing of nonsensical. Peace.

  3. Fan of Chuck says:

    Since ‘CCO couldn’t be troubled to find a picture:

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