Dr. Joseph William Johll
Dr. Joseph William Johll, 64, died peacefully in his home on April 5, 2022. He was born in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Determined from the beginning, he paid for his first car and saved for college by working at the Country Kitchen in high school. In 1979 he completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Viterbo College, LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force. He married his college sweetheart, Gail Ann Reicks, on June 18, 1983. While working nightshift as a critical care nurse in the emergency room, he began optometry school in Chicago, Illinois, graduating in 1990. His devotion to his family, work as an optometrist, and his Catholic faith included moves to Ankeny, Chariton, Fairfield and Winterset in 2006. He was a member of the American Optometric Association, Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, Opus Dei and Regnum Christi, to name a few.
He had a16-year-long journey with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy – Parkinsonism (PSP).
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Gail; children: Mark (Tamara) Johll, Maria (Keith) Kelley, Ben, Rebecca (David) and grandson Joseph Reising, Matthew, Miriam, and Annie; and other relatives.