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Eugene Harry Johnson

February 7, 1928 - December 6, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Eugene Harry Johnson

Eugene Harry Johnson

Born: February 7, 1928
Died: December 6, 2020
Age: 92

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     Eugene Harry Johnson, the son of Ernest and Grayce (Pedersen) Johnson, was born February 7, 1928 in Alta, IA.  

      Gene grew up on the farm and though he left the farm, the love of farming never left him. Gene graduated from Fairview Consolidated School in 1945 where he enjoyed playing basketball. He also attended Buena Vista College. On February 14, 1949, he married Lois M. Sierck at her parents’ home in Spencer, IA. They established their first home near Alta, IA, where Gene farmed. They moved to Morris, MN, then back to Iowa near Rembrandt in 1962, where Gene joined Tuloma as a plant manager. He worked his way up to Area Manger as the company made many transformations and became a division of Standard Oil. In 1966, they moved to Arnolds Park and finally to Spencer where they have resided since 1968. He worked for Gilmore Manufacturing and owned an office supply store in Spencer while continuing to farm the family land near Alta. Gene then worked many years as a crop insurance adjuster for State Farm Insurance. 

      Gene had many talents including wood carving, painting and making just about anything out of metal using his welder. His greatest passion was fishing. He made several fishing rods and many lures of his own. Many a Thursday night was spent on Lake Okoboji allowing the kids to water ski until dusk and then fishing for walleyes. The family vacation for many years was a weeklong stay at a resort on a Minnesota lake. For 30 plus summers, he and Lois enjoyed fishing and friendships at the Hobo Park Campground in Starbuck, MN. 

      He passed away surrounded by family at the Spencer Hospital on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at the age of 92. Gene was preceded in death by his wife Lois of 71 years on November 9, 2020, his parents and brother Norman, 

      He is survived by his children: Steven (Marta) Johnson of Spencer, Douglas (MeShell Cornett) Johnson of Arnolds Park, IA, Debra (Joel) Hurst of Spirit Lake, IA, Jeffrey (Trish) Johnson of Avon, MN and Angela (John) Hameister of Milford, IA; 15 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren (one expected in April), 2 great great grandchildren, many other relatives and friends. 

Family will hold Private Services on there own.


Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 10:24 AM
“I just read in the Storm Lake paper of your dad's passing. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. He was a special man.”
- Marsha (Bruns) Hills
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 7:53 AM
“Deepest sympathy to Steve, Marta and the entire Johnson family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
- Kevin and Judy Elliott
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 8:33 AM
“As I have experience with my parents,, Gene and Lois are happiest when together. So sorry for your losses.”
- Valerie Mosbo
Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 11:02 AM
“I am so sorry. I pray that God will wrap His arms around you, dry your tears and comfort you. Loosing them so close together makes double the grief all at one time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
- Dolores Hatfield
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7:40 AM
“JOHNSON FAMILY:So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers. ”
- Tracy H
Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 8:02 AM
“To all of eugenes family and especially Steve my (brother in law) and my sister Marta, I’m sending prayers for their dad and hope he finds Lois quickly as he missed her so much. I’m sure they’ll be spending Christmas together.”
- Jo Runkle
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 1:52 PM
“Eugene and Lois were such a lovely couple. I enjoyed my visits with them. May God surround you with comfort and peace knowing they are home with the Lord.”
- Onalee Wright
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11:47 AM
“I’m so sorry to hear about Gene. I so enjoyed working for him at Bergstrom’s years ago. He taught me the little I knowabout basketball when we’d listen to the state tournaments and tell me stories about the ‘olden days’. He was such a nice guy. So sorry for your loss. ”
- Karen Grafentin Aasgaard
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 6:23 PM
“We were so sorry to hear about Eugene our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family”
- Steve and Barb Meyer
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