Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, July 22, 1010
OBITUARY - PERRY BEYMER JOHNSON
May 28, 1927 - July 17, 2010
Perry Beymer JOHNSON, son of Olive (BEYMER) and Neil JOHNSON, was born on May 28, 1927 in rural Ringgold County, Iowa.
Perry attended Diagonal schools graduating in 1944. Perry enlisted in the U.S. Army right after graduation. While in the
Army, Perry married Donna Marie TINDLE on February 24, 1946. Perry was stationed in Alaska and Donna Marie joined him
there. After serving 2 years in the Army, Perry and Donna Marie returned to Diagonal and Perry worked in road construction.
Later they moved to Marshalltown and Boone. While living in Boone, Perry took correspondence courses to repair radios and
TVs. Perry and Donna had seven children; Joe, Jim, Jack (stillborn), Jay, Jan, Jil, and Jerry.
Perry, Donna Marie, and the children lived in Diagonal where Perry worked for Bud BEYMER at the Phillips gas station. In
1966, Perry and Donna Marie purchased the Diagonal Café from Wilbur and Josephine MAUDLIN. In 1968, Perry started driving
a semi-truck for Kinnison Trucking of Red Oak. They ran the café until 1974 when Perry, Donna Marie, Jil, and Jerry moved
to Red Oak so that Perry could be closer to his work. In May 1981, Perry and Donna Marie moved to Creston.
Perry passed away on July 17, 2010 while a resident at Creston Nursing & Rehab Center in Creston, IA.
Perry is survived by his wife of 64 years, Donna Marie JOHNSON; daughter Jil JOHNSON (Jim HARTMAN) of Creston; sons Joe
JOHNSON of Creston, Jim (Elaine) JOHNSON of the The Colony, Texas, Jay (Vicky) JOHNSON of Houston, Texas; five
grandchildren Sarah (Oscar) VENEGAS of El Paso, Texas, Heath (Melissa) JOHNSON of Omaha, NE, Ben (Dawn) JOHNSON of Des
Moines, IA, Tara WYER (fiancé Greg MYERS) of Corning, IA, Sara (Dan) COLEMAN of Hopkins, MO; seven great-grandchildren
Emma & Joseph VENEGAS of El Paso, TX, Mackenzie & Madison JOHNSON of Omaha, NE, Savannah JOHNSON of Des Moines, IA, Ethan
Fry & Allivea VanDeBOE of Corning, IA; brother Elvin (Rebecca) JOHNSON of Alexandria, VA.
Perry was preceded in death by his parents; son Jack in 1949; daughter Jan in 1971; son Jerry in 2001; grandsons
Christopher JOHNSON in 1979 and Richie HAGEN in 1983; brother Cecil in 2001; sister-in-law Darlene JOHNSON in 1998.
A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.
Services were conducted at the United Church of Diagonal in Diagonal on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, with Rev. Skip RUSHING
officiating. Musicians included Judy NEWTON and Judy CUNNING.
Casket bearers included Heath JOHNSON, Ben JOHNSON,
Dan COLEMAN, Lloyd JOHNSON, Jim EASON and Clair "Skip" EASON.
Honorary pallbearers were Jim HARTMAN, Kenny JOHNSON,
Theron JOHNSON and Carroll JOHNSON.
Perry was laid at rest in the Diagonal Cemetery, Diagonal.
by Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2010
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