Kenneth Duane Johnson,Des Moines, died October 14, 2012, at Mercy Hospice House in Johnston, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. at Merle Hay Funeral Home at Chapel Hill, Des Moines, with Pastor Brian Oliver as officiate and Elks and military services. Reception will follow at the Elks 98 Lodge in Pleasant Hill.
He was born on April 5, 1927 on their family farm west of Belmond, Iowa, the son of Talferd and Nellie (Christenson) Johnson. He finished high school in 1946 and then served in the U.S. Army from September 1950 to August 1952 and was located in Germany during the Korean War. He received a medal as a riffle sharpshooter with the Eurpean OCC. He met Charlene Rae Bower and they were married March 27, 1954, and started their family of four children, Craig, Charles, Susan and Shayne.
Kenneth Duane Johnson
He worked as a parts and tools clerk at Sidles, Hicklin GM Power Company and Hawkeye Auto in Des Moines. He was always there with a child in his lap, watching Disney movies numerous times over with all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren thought the years. He enjoyed walking and pulling his grandchildren and great grandchildren in the red wagon, camping, hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle. During his retirement years you could catch him watching reruns of Andy Griffith's show, Bonanza and keeping current with the NASCAR races and CNN.
Kenneth had his trusty dog, Scruffy, to keep him company at home. In earlier years he and Charlene were members of the Moose Lodge and would be found listening to music, dancing, and enjoyed friendships being made. He currently was a member of Elks 98, Pleasant Hill. There they enjoyed visiting with family and friends and watching them play horseshoes.
He is preceeded in death by his wife, Charlene and his parents. He is survived by his children Craig (Helen) of Des Moines; Charles (Lori) of Toledo; Susan Ramey of Des Moines; and Shayne (Karen) of Des Moines. Six grandchildren: Brad (Tiffany) Johnson, Des Moines; Dusty (Becca) Johnson, Indianola; Ashley Ramey, Des Moines; Dwayne Johnson, Oskaloosa; Nicole Johnson, Toledo; and Rhiana Johnson, Des Moines. Great Grandchildren include: Sierra, Erika, Spencer, Hailey, Braxton and Kleighton Johnson, Des Moines, and Destiny, Hannah, Dylan, Kaydente, and Jackson Johnson of Indianola. Three sisters include: Neoma (Ed) Bather, Minnesota; LaVonne (Ralph) Johnshoy, Arizona; and Lila Shay, Arizona.
A memorial fund is being established for Mercy Hospice House in Johnston, Iowa.