Welcome to the memorial page for

Gary Lee Johnson

September 6, 1946 ~ December 27, 2017 (age 71)

Gary Lee Johnson, age 71, of Centerville, IA left this earth and moved to Heaven to be with our Lord on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City.

From Gary’s birth in Centerville on September 6th, 1946 to his death on Wednesday, he remained a loving and devoted father, grandfather, brother and friend to many in his community. After graduating from Centerville High School, Gary attended Indian Hills Community College.

After college, Gary worked with his dad at Johnson Painting, Easters Super Value Grocery, the Iowegian Newspaper as a printing press operator, and was a witness to the Rathbun Lake dedication in 1971, with President Nixon as the keynote speaker. He spent the remainder of his working years at Wells Vehicle Electronics.

Gary will forever be remembered as a man who loves God, and a man who enjoyed the simple things in life. He loved his family deeply, and will forever be in their hearts. Gary loved to fish, look for antiques, and enjoyed golfing with his buddies.

Gary is preceded in death by his father, Bernard H. Johnson; mother Shirley (Hohl) Johnson; Grandmother Edith Mary Conger Johnson; and Grandfather Delmer O. Johnson.

He is survived by his younger sister, Suzanne Johnson-Schmidt, daughter Lisa McOmber (Johnson) of Oregon, son Brian Johnson of Washington and son Jacob Johnson of Centerville; his grandchildren, Nicholas, Joseph, Xander, Taytem, and Destinni. We will all miss his sweet smile and the twinkle in his eye. A special thank you to Gary's cousin, Charlotte Vandike-Bradley, and her husband, Larry Bradley, and niece, Sherry Schmidt Wolf, for their special love and care for dad these past few months.

A visitation will be held on Thursday January 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St Centerville followed by Graveside services at 2:00 pm at Oakland Cemetery, Centerville, with Pastor Brian Hargrave officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Gary's name to, "The Family of Gary Johnson”, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at

 Service Information

January 4, 2018

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Lange Funeral Home & Crematory
1900 South 18th St
Centerville, IA 52544

Graveside Service
January 4, 2018

2:00 PM
Oakland Cemetery
East State Street
Centerville, IA 52544

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