Beryl Johnson, 1927 – 2018

Beryl Johnson, 90, passed away January 10, 2018, at the Greene County Medical Center long term care facility after a brief illness.

Beryl was born April 4, 1927, in Ralston to Gerald and Ruth (Mathias) Johnson. He grew up in Ralston and later moved to Scranton where he graduated and met his future wife, Jean Johnson. Married for 67 years, Jean passed away January 4, 2015.

A committed John Deere man, he was a life-long farmer who truly loved the land. He farmed for more than 60 years. During those years he also worked numerous part-time jobs to care for his family.

In later years, Beryl and Jean enjoyed traveling. They especially enjoyed the Peoples and Home State banks bus trips. Beryl was a diehard Hawkeye fan and he and Jean enjoyed attending bowl games.

Bery is survived by daughter Kathy (Dick) Forcht of Cedar Rapids, Julie (Steve) Karber of Jefferson, Becky (Jim) Buxton of Iowa City, Penny (George) Hogan of Belton, TX, and daughter-in-law Sally Johnson of Colesburg. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren, his brother Dick (Pat) Johnson of Alta, and many other relatives and friends.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, infant brother, sister, son Joe in 2011 and wife Jean in 2015.

The family will hold a private family memorial service and burial for Beryl and Jean. A Celebration of Life for Beryl and Jean will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, from 1 to 3 pm at the Scranton Community Center.

The family expresses its sincere thanks to the Greene County Medical Center long term care staff for their wonderful care and time spent with Dad. A special thank you to Kindred at Home for the added care and comfort they provided.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity/foundation of the donor’s choice.

The family is assisted by Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home of Jefferson, 515-386-2171.

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