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Harold E. Johnson

Posted August 01, 2014 in Obituaries, Pleasant Hill

February 28, 1939 – July 30, 2014

Herk Johnson

Herk Johnson

Harold “Herk” Johnson, 75, passed away July 30, 2014, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. He was born February 28, 1939, in Iowa City to Clyde and Vera Johnson. After graduating from Oskaloosa High School in 1957, he moved around the country, and the state, working in the asphalt construction industry. In 1961 he married Janet Rhine of New Sharon and the couple continued his mobile lifestyle in the asphalt industry. In 1966, the couple had settled in Galesburg, Illinois, with Herk working in retail at both Osco’s and Gambles. It was in that year their son, Barry, was born. They continued living in Galesburg until 1968, when they made the move to Des Moines’ northeast side, where they would stay for the remainder of his life. Herk returned to asphalt construction, where he would work in one form or another until his retirement. Retirement found him working at both the Iowa State Fair, and the new Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, until his health forced him to retire for good.

Over his life, Herk was an avid golfer, hunter, auto racing fan, and general sports enthusiast. He and Jan also collected antiques, attending numerous auctions and sales, and refinishing many pieces of furniture and kitchen collectibles. Family vacations were always a must, seeing as much of this country as possible. As much as he stayed busy with his interests, Herk was an accomplished conversationalist; simply enjoying talking to people; sharing a joke or two. He knew people just about anywhere he could find them, and was always willing to lend a hand with any needs or projects somebody might have.

Herk is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janet; his son, Barry; his daughter-in-law, Stephanie; and his granddaughter Aidan. He is survived by his brother Bobby (Patty) Johnson of South Carolina, brother Ronnie (Lois) Johnson of Ohio, and his sister Lois Carter of Des Moines. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews as well as other extended family.

The family would like to thank Dr. Marty Mortens, Dr. Randy Rough, Nurse Deanna Anderson, Nurse Becky Coleman-Bunkers, and the staff at Mercy Hospice – Johnston for their care and caring during these past few months.

According to Herk’s wishes, no service will be held. Private burial of cremated remains will occur at a later date. Contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice – Johnston.


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Grandview Park Chapel
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50317

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