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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa

OBITUARY - BOBBY "DEAN" JOHNSON

The time has come when we have lost someone very dear to all. The meaning of life and death is a mystery to us. Trying to understand our feelings is not always easy. These times are difficult but we must think of the good memories of Dean JOHNSON.

As a young boy, Dean and his family lived in the Shannon City area and later Dean graduated from Tingley High School in 1945. In 1945, following graduation, Dean and his now deceased brother, Lawrence, started in the oil business in west Tingley. Later they bought the station and bulk plant on the present location.

On June 14, 1950, Dean married Cleone Clara OVERHOLTZER. Their home was blessed by two sons and one daughter - Robert Dean, Richard Leigh, and Mary Jeanine.

Dean was called to the Korean War in January 1952 where he served 14 months. After returning home, Dean then acquired farm land which he managed and operated. In 1983, due to health reasons, Dean retired.

Dean was a member of the American Legion V.F.W., Tingley United Methodist Church, the Tingley Lions Club, and the Elks Lodge No. 605 of Creston.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Keith, Lawrence and Merrill.

Surviving brothers and sisters are Clare JOHNSON of Shannon City, Cleone (Mrs. Joe) THOMPSON of Mount Ayr, Marvin JOHNSON of Newton, Marian (Mrs. Dale) REYNOLDS of Glendale, Arizon, Doris (Mrs. M. C.) BEEN of Belmond. He leaves a mother-in-law, Ava OVERHOLTZER, many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, and a host of many friends.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Cleone, and their three children. . . Bob and wife Jenifer of Tingley, Rich and wife Angi of Shannon City, and Jeanine and husband Mack of Tingley.

Receive much of Grandpa Dean's special affections and love were his three grandchildren: Bradly, Robeert, Brandon Dean and Annie Richeal. Born Aug. 21, 1984 was Dean's fourth grandchild, Jana Lyn JOHNSON to whom Grandpa Dean was not given the chance to share his love. We know Grandpa Dean would have been very proud and in our hearts we feel he knows of this miracle of life. Truly deserving of a child's love for their grandfather was Grandpa Dean.

Dean had many friends and was faithfully devoted to his family. All those who truly knew him loved him for what he was and what he stood for. He would give what he had but hardly ever asked for what he wanted. Dean enjoyed his time spent on the farm and the joy that his family brought to him. The memories we have will always linger in our hearts.

When I Must Leave You

When I must leave you for a little while,
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow to you through the years.
But start out bravely with a gallant smile;
And for my sake and in my name
Live on and do all things the same.
Feed not your loneliness on empty days
But fill each waking hour in useful ways,
Rach out your hand in comfort and cheer
And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;
And never, never be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you in the sky!
-Helen Steiner Rice

Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Tingley, Iowa, on Saturday, August 24, 1984. Officiating was Rev. James SCHUTTER. Music was by Mildred SMITH, Mary TRULLINGER and Margaret BICKERS.

Casketbearers were Carl RIGGS, Hollis KERR, Lloyd MILLER, Donald WEEDA, Dean BRECKENRIDGE, and Billy BRECKENRIDGE. Honorary pallbearers were Jim JOBE, Jim ENGLAND, Harry SKARDA, Ralph NICHOLS, Lloyd WEEDA, Jim McINTOSH, Roger MORRISON, Richard MINNICK and Roger TRULLINGER.

Burial was in the Tingley Cemetery, Tingley, Iowa.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
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Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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