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Doris Johnson

Posted November 07, 2012 in Obituaries

September 19, 1925 – November 5, 2012

Doris Johnson

Doris Johnson, age 87 of Moravia, Iowa passed away Monday, November 05, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville.

She was born September 19, 1925 in the Mantua Township of Monroe County, Iowa to Howard and Lora Marie (DeLong) Besco. After graduating from high school in 1943, Doris received one year of training in college to become a certified teacher. She taught for several years.

Doris married Kenneth Johnson on August 30, 1944 in rural Albia. He preceded her in death in 1999. Doris and Kenneth lived on a farm in Monroe County where they raised their family. While residing on the family farm, Doris also raised dogs. She was extremely proud of the work she put into her professional kennel.

After selling the farm, Doris moved to Moravia, Iowa.

Doris was very active in the community in her free time. She was a member of the VFW, the American Legion, and the Grace United Methodist Church in Moravia. She also enjoyed numerous hobbies, including playing cards and reading.

She is survived by her children, Maxine Rodish of Johnston, Iowa, Ruth (Don) Stover of Des Moines, Iowa, Carol McDanel of Coralville, Iowa, and Shirley (Dan) Thoreson of Cincinnati, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Andrew Rodish of Winterset, Iowa, Scott Peterson of Alden, Iowa, Tracy (Andy) Raisch of Alden, Iowa, Chad (Deanna) McDanel of Coralville, Iowa, Shawn (Jennifer) McDanel of Coralville, Iowa, Joe (Nicole) Thorson of Peoria, Illinois, Carl (Amber) Thoreson of Medina, Tennessee, and Nick Thoreson of Cincinnati, Ohio; nine great grandchildren.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and a sister, Lora Mae Buchholz.

Funeral services will be held 11AM Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Lange Funeral Home, Moravia with Pastor Cindy Finn officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7PM Friday, November 9, 2012 at Lange Funeral Home, Moravia.

Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Moravia. A memorial has been established to Grace United Methodist Church, Moravia and may be left or mailed to the Lange Funeral Home, 103 North John St., Moravia, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be left at

Information provided by:
Lange Funeral Home
1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544

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