Orval Eugene "Gene" Johnson, 86, passed from this life on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 16, at First Christian Church, of which he was a member. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.
Gene was born on August 25, 1925 in Warren County, Iowa to Orval and Hazel Fern (Carver) Johnson. He graduated from Drake University earning his bachelors degree. Gene was united in marriage to Evelyn Potter and they made their home in Windsor Heights. For nearly 35 years, Gene was employed with U.S.D.A. as manager of the production adjustment department, retiring in 1988. He was an avid and loyal St. Louis Cardinals fan and one of Gene's most treasured events he experienced was their incredible drive last season all the way to the win the World Series Championship. He had unbelievable faith in the Cardinals and had always believed they were going all the way! Gene also was very happy to see them play very well into this season. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived and lovingly remembered by his son, Steve Johnson and his wife, Diane of Windsor Heights; and three grandchildren, David Johnson, Liz Johnson and Sam Johnson. Gene was preceded into eternal life by his parents; wife, Evelyn Johnson in 2000; and one sister, Marilyn Noel in 2011.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all the staff at Iowa Methodist Medical Center – North Five for all their care and support they gave Gene during his illness. A very special thank you to three wonderful caregivers/angels, April Rains, Tanisha Madison and Kat Phelps for all of their outstanding gifts of endless care, help and love over the last couple years. Thank you!
The family will greet friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, at Iles Funeral Homes, Westover Chapel in Des Moines.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 2500 University Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50310.
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