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OBITUARY - DUANE "DOC" JOHNSON

Duane "Doc" JOHNSON was born in Salem, Athens township on February 9,1909, to Edward and Effie JOHNSON. He died on February 22, 2001, at Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa, at the age of 92 years and 13 days.

Doc was raised in Ringgold county and farmed most of his life. As a young man he worked herding sheep in the mountains of Idaho.

Doc joined the Army in August of 1942 and received his basic training at Fort Douglas, Utah. He served his country during World War II fighting in France and Germany. He served with the 319th Infantry as Staff Sergeant and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

During his combat duty he was wounded three times: once in Tincry, France and again in Douripat, France. He was also wounded during a combat mission in Luxembourg.

He received one service stripe, two overseas service bars from the American Campaign and the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater. He received three Bronze Battle Stars, a World War II Victory Medal Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters. He returned to the family farm when the war was over.

Doc was married to Doris Autumn (PETTIS) O'GRADY on August 18, 1965 at the Christian Church in Kellerton. To this union was born one son, Dennis. Through his marriage to Doris he gained three daughters, Ann, Pat and Fran.

He farmed in the Salem area until his retirement in 1989. He moved to Kellerton where he resided until his death.

Doc served in several civic, fraternal and veteran organizations including the Kellerton American Legion, Post #676 and the Ringgold County Commission of Veterans Affairs. He served on the Election Board for several years and as a trustee of Athens township. Doc was also a member of IOOF lodge.

Doc enjoyed family gatherings and visiting with his seven brothers and sisters, his children, grandchildren and a multitude of nieces and nephews. He also enjoyed driving up until his hospitalization and ventured to town every day for coffee with his friends.

Doc was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Effie; three brothers, Orlo, Neil, and his twin brother Wayne; three sisters, Mae MORROW, Alta HARRINGTON, and Lois EPPS.

He is survived by his wife Doris of Kellerton; one son, Dennis of Des Moines, Iowa; three step-daughters, Fran and Pat O'GRADY of Des Moines and Ann McCLISH and her husband Mac of Swan, Iowa; two grandchildren, Cheryl KERN and Shawn RAINEY of Des Moines; three great-grandchildren, Mark and John ROUSE and David KERN of Des Moines.

He is also survived by his brother Bill of Wilder, Idaho, and several nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by a host of friends and all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held February 26, 2001 from the Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa conducted by Reverend Merlin WILKINS. Casket bearers were Glen JOHNSON, Carroll JOHNSON, Lloyd JOHNSON, Theron JOHNSON, Virgil EPPS and Charles CHILDERS.

Honorary pallbearers were Perry JOHNSON, Charles MILLER, Cecil JOHNSON, Bob ERICKSON, John WORTHINGTON, Bob CHILDERS, Jerry WORTHINGTON, Ron LOOMIS, Bill RUSK and Keith LININGER.

Doc was laid to rest in the Maple Row Cemetery, Kellerton. Military Graveside rites were given by American Legion Post #676, Kellerton.

SOURCE: genealogybuff.com

Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010

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