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Eugene Johnson

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Eugene David Johnson, age 59 of Plainfield, Iowa died Sunday, January 24, 2010, at the Waverly Health Center. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday January 28, 2010, at the United Methodist Church, Nashua with Pastor Okitakoyi Lundula officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery with Tracy Slocum, Chase Slocum, Anthony Nichols, Pat Weber, Shaylon Lahr, Chris Wagner, Zack Bond, Brandon Wagner, Brian Bilharz, Bryce Bilharz, Jeremy Bilharz and Blaine Bilharz as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Whitney Bond, Brooklyn Bilharz, Sydnie Slocum, Jaycie Bilharz. Friends may call 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday January 27, 2010, at the Hugeback & Chenoweth Funeral Home in Nashua. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Gene was born April 12, 1950, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Floyd and Barbara (Minkler) Johnson. He received his education in Tripoli graduating from the Tripoli High School in 1969. He then attended Wartburg College with a scholarship for wrestling and football, graduating in 1973 with a teaching degree. In 1971, he married Cherie Smith of Plainfield. To this union two daughters were born. The couple later divorced. On June 30, 1990, he then married Linda Wedeking in Nashua. On April 9, 1973, Gene began the career he loved, working for John Deere. He was planning on retiring this spring. He was a member of the Oddfellows in Shell Rock, the Sons of the Amvets in Waverly and the UAW Local 838. In his free time he enjoyed fishing, dartball, polka dancing with Linda and spending time with his children and grandchildren, in all their events. Gene was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and proudly shared his newly remodeled Carrville Cabin. Gene and Linda enjoyed various sight-seeing journeys that often led to the nearest casino. Survivors include his wife, Linda of Plainfield; two daughters, Cherijean (Tracy) Slocum and Michelle Johnson (Pat Weber) all of Allison; one step-daughter, Michelle Bond (Chris Wagner) of Nashua; two step-sons, Brian (Brenda) Bilharz and Jeremy (Kaylee) Bilharz all of Nashua; ten grandchildren, Chase and Sydnie Slocum, Anthony Nichols, Shaylon Lahr, Whitney and Zack Bond, Bryce and Brooklyn Bilharz, Blaine and Jaycie Bilharz; one brother, Glenn (Lorene) Johnson of Nashua; two sisters, Judy Matthias of Waterloo and Susan (Robert) Ferrie of Plainfield. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Frank Johnson; one brother-in-law, Victor Matthias; one niece, Paula Tuft.

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  2. Michelle, Cherijean & family, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a great man and I have many good memories of spending time with you guys and your Dad. He will be missed. I am thinking of you at this difficult time. Love you, Michele

  3. We are so sorry for your loss of Gene. Bob grew up across the road from his famliy years ago south of Tripoli. Our sympathy to you and your family.

  4. Cherijean, Michelle, Linda & to all who were blessed to have Gene in their lives. We were saddened to hear of his passing and wish you to know, you are all in our hearts and prayers. Wishing we could have been there to share our/ your saddness and the many memories we all have today and all the yesterdays. God Bless Jackie & Lyn

  5. Dear Linda, we are so sad to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We know the sorrow you are going through. If we can be helpful in any way please let us know. We love you! June, Renee & Tom

  6. I’m still in shock about Uncle Gene’s passing. Wish I could have been there for the funeral and time with the family. I was so looking forward to a visit out to Oregon after his retirement. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers. Wendy

  7. Michelle, Cherijean and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Keep all your special moments with your Dad close to your heart at this time.

  8. Our PRAYERS are with all of you in this time of GREAT loss. We knew Gene as a friend, a family man, a jokester, and many other memories come to mind. May the LORD ease your pain, know that Gene’s many friend continue to pray for all of you now and in the future. May GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

  9. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father, husband and friend. We just heard about it last night and was unable to make arrangements to attend the funeral, but are prayers and thoughts are with you on this day and days to come. We had good times going to the tractor pulls and camping (even the water fights we used to have). We will never forget those good times with a friend who loved life.

  10. Linda, You have my deepest sympaty. I certainly enjoyed our visits about the ‘good ole days’ of the Johnson boys living by me. I was shocked to see it in the paper. Hold tight to the many good memories you have shared.

  11. I was proud to call him my friend. I worked with him for many years. I am very saddened by this. God bless you all.

  12. So sad to hear of Gene’s passing. He was a great guy to work with and he will be missed. Michelle, my condolences to you and your family.

  13. So very sorry for your loss. We didn’t know him well but our hearts are heavy with grief for the family .

  14. Sorry to here of your lose. Our thoughts are with you always. Don’t be afraid to call if you need anything, anything at all.

  15. Linda and family: We were very saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Gene. We always enjoyed the time that we spent with him and thought alot of his friendship and kindness. Although it is sometimes hard to understand why these things happen, we need to trust in the Lord and keep your memories of Gene close to your heart, and he will always be near. God Bless Red, Cindi and Bailey Johnson

  16. I am so sorry for your loss. Gene was a great father and I many times felt as he was my own. He will be greatly missed! My love to you all!

  17. We share in your sorrow and you have our sympathy. God works in ways only he fully understands. We never know when our time to go may come.

  18. Linda: I am so very sorry for what your going through. I am here for you — you know that. I will help you with anything at all. He was one of my favorite members and will always remember him. Love Beth

  19. Was deeply sadened when I heard about Genes passing. May the memories and good times you had with him as Father and husband comfort you at this time of loss. The 647 line at Deere will not be the same without him.

  20. To Gene’s family, Our sincerest sympathy goes out to you. Gene was always a happy and friendly person who one could count on for brightening a day regardless of how long it was between meetings. He was a friend. Gary

  21. Linda, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. You’re in our thoughts & prayers at this sad time.

  22. Linda, I was so sorry to hear about Gene’s passing. I am praying for you and your family as you both mourn his death and celebrate his life. Please call me if you need anything. God Bless and take care.

  23. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with your family during this time. Gene was one of the nicest guys in the Class of ’69.

  24. My Dearest Linda & families: I was quite shocked when I heard of Gene’s passing so suddenly. You are in my & my families thoughts & prayers at this time of sorrow & for the hard days that lie ahead. Gene will be greatly missed not only by his family but also his many friends. I remember the Fun times, cooking for you @ Cliff’s Place in Horton, laughing alot- where I first met you both & continued that Friendship through the years working @ Cliff’s & Trinkets! You are truly a blessing in my life & I am here for you Linda & only that cellphone call away! LuvYa! Cindy, Jordan, Jaynee & Jennah Eve

  25. Linda, kids, and grandkids, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Remember in Gene’s memory to ‘cast’ for the memories and ‘reel’ them in to help through these tough times. For the memories are the ‘keepers’ in life.Blessings to you all. Larry and Cindy

  26. Linda and family, I am sorry that my schedule does not allow me to attend the visitation or funeral. Know of my prayers for you as you mourn Gene’s death. It was great to see him this summer in Ossian. I will also remember the boat ride and cookout you shared with the Beckman family. May the memory of Gene Johnson be for a blessing. In the peace of Christ, Fr. David Beckman

  27. Michelle,Pat,Shaylon and Family, We were so sorry to hear about your Dad, Michelle. I wish we could be there to give you all hugs…. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and always. Lots of love, Gina,Kent and Peyton

  28. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I have good memories of Gene from our high school days. God Bless you all.

  29. Your in Our thoughts and Prayers. He was such a wonderfull person and will be saidly missed by all. All our Love; The Sinnwell’s

  30. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Gene. He was a close friend of mine all through high school and for many years after. He will be truely missed. He was a Gentle Giant, our hearts and prayers go to all the family members. With fond memories, Dan

  31. Our thoughts go out to the family at this time of sorrow.Gene will be greatly missed not only by his family but also his many friends.

  32. Cherijean & Michelle and families, Both David and I are so very sorry to hear about your dad’s death. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We read Gene’s obituary. How fortunate you are to have such wonderful memories of this admirable and giving man. How fortunate you are to have him for your father…. Please give our condolences to your family. No words can bring him back, but whenever you think of him or something reminds you of him, a smile will be forever in your hearts. – Rachel & David and families

  33. Cherijean, Michelle and family, You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Call if you need anything, Remember all the good times you had with your dad.

  34. Linda & kids – I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. There aren’t words to express our sympathy during this difficult time. You are all in our thoughts & prayers. John & Raelene (Nystel) Maas, Logan & Cameron

  35. Cherijean, Michelle and families, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. Hold on to the great memories and lean on your friends and family for support – we are here for you! Call if you need anything ….Love ya! Laura

  36. Cherijean, Michelle and families: I am very saddened to hear of the sudden passing of your dad….. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Cherijean, if there is anything you need, do not hesitate to call….. Love and prayers, Staci

  37. Thinking of your family during this very difficult time. We are praying for you. Your father will be missed by so many.

  38. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please call if I can do something for you. Love, Kathy Mulder

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