Glen B. JohnsonWritten by Theresa Rose on June 3, 2015
Glen B. Johnson, 86, of Donnellson, passed away at 2:52 P.M. Monday, June 1, 2015 in the Emergency Room at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.
Born June 7, 1928 near Montrose, Iowa, he was the son of Oscar Rudolph and Cecelia Jane (Beckett) Johnson. He lived his entire life in the Lee County area, the past 54 years in Donnellson. He was married to Mona Hileman. They later divorced. He married Margueriette Hardin Woodley in 1961.
He is survived by his wife Margueriette; six children, Garold (Kathy) Woodley of Donnellson, Iowa, Raymond Johnson of Keokuk, Iowa, Glenda (Russell) Branson of Farmington, Iowa, Cheryl (Tom) Baker of Fort Madison, Iowa, Donna (John) Childress of Murray, Kentucky, and Joyce (Scott) Young of Donnellson, Iowa; seven grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Reva (Dan) Helmuth of Iowa City, Iowa; many nieces and nephews; and his special buddy, Morris the cat.
Glen was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one daughter, two granddaughters, one grandson, and one great-grandson.
He was a lifelong member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association. He and Margueriette spent a lot of time traveling and camping throughout the United States and Canada on their Gold Wing. They logged 43 states including Alaska, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. He worked for the Lee County Secondary Road Department as a mechanic for over 40 years, retiring in 1991. Glen and Garold also owned Johnson Cycle Shop back in the 60’s and 70’s. He would fix anything that had an engine and a few small things that didn’t. If he had a tool and it was broke, he would fix it. He enjoyed fishing at Indian and Sugema Lakes and could be found weekly in his boat on the lake. He also enjoyed hunting with his extended hunting family. The garden was his pride and joy. Glen raised over a dozen different fruits and vegetables every year for over 50 years in the same plot along with his “mini orchard” of dwarf fruit trees in the yard. When he wasn’t busy hunting, gardening, fishing, or traveling you could find him making cabinets, tables, and cedar chests in his spare time. He never refused a request for help and a stranger was just a friend that he hadn’t met yet.
Friends may call after 1:00 P.M. Thursday at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in Donnellson where the family will meet with friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday evening. Following the visitation his body will be cremated.
The memorial service for Glen B. Johnson will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday at the Zion Mennonite Church in Donnellson with Pastor Marcia Yoder-Schrock officiating.
Burial will be in the Zion Mennonite Cemetery.
Memorials have been established for the Homeless Animal Fund and the Zion Mennonite Church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneralhome.com .
The Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in Donnellson is assisting the family with the arrangements.