Gary Johnson

Gary R. Johnson, 66, of Waukon died Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 17 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.
Gary Roger Johnson was born September 29, 1947 in Waukon, the son of Roger Charles and Norma June (Berg) Johnson. He was baptized at Forest Mills Methodist Church and confirmed at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, both in rural Postville. Gary graduated from Waukon High School. While in high school, he hauled milk and worked for Ludlow Creamery.
May 23, 1970, Gary married Mary Virginia Collins at St. Mary’s Lycurgus Catholic Church in rural Waukon. Gary was a lifelong farmer and raised dairy and beef cattle. He was a previous member of the Holstein Association and collected International red tractors.
He loved playing cards with his card club, especially euchre, 500 and knock. Gary was a fan of the Hawkeyes and Packers, and took bus trips to the Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN. He and Mary also traveled to Morten, MN, and enjoyed taking a boat ride on the Mississippi Queen.
Gary is survived by his wife, Mary of Waukon; his children, Kristine (Pat Schwartzhoff) Stone, Gary (Jenny) Johnson, Jr., Steven (Amy) Johnson, and Karen (Brian) Cota, all of Waukon; 14 grandchildren, Tony Johnson, Dillion and Kourtney Stone, Tyler, Tryston, Jorja and Koal Johnson, Bailey, Lauren and Chloe Johnson, and Blaize, Brett, Paige and Whitney Cota; three brothers, Larry (Sharon) Johnson of Decorah, and Wayne Johnson and Virgil (Kay) Johnson, both of Waukon; his sister, Lori McCarthy of Fredericksburg; three brothers-in-law, James (Wanda) Collins, Tom Collins and John (Von) Collins; and many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Honorary casketbearers are Gary's 14 grandchildren, Calleen and Dave Adam, Dean and Sherry Bechtel, Lyle and Barb Guese, and the Coffee Club at Village Farm and Home. Casketbearers are Jeremy, Jason, Bobby, Jeremiah, Sam, Chad and Justin Johnson, and Jamie McCarthy.
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