William Johnson

William Johnson, 66, of Knoxville, passed away Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 at the V.A. Hospital in Des Moines.

A memorial service for Bill Johnson will be held on Friday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. at Bybee & Davis Funeral Home. Burial of cremains will be in Liberty Center at a later date. 

William Roy Johnson was born Feb. 8, 1950 in Oskaloosa, the son of Roy and Maxine (Bickel) Johnson.

Bill was raised in the Marion County area and graduated from SE Warren High School in 1968.  He worked at a packing house before joining the Marine Corps. Bill served 2½ years in Vietnam before his honorable discharge. After returning to Iowa, Bill attended tool and die school in Des Moines. On June 1, 1976 Bill was united in marriage to Margery Kay Van Zee, in Omaha, Neb. To this union their children Jyl and Cale were born. The couple lived in Des Moines and Armstrong before moving to Sioux Rapids. Bill worked at Ranco in Sioux Rapids for 24 years.  Margery passed away in 2008.  In 2010, Bill moved to Knoxville and worked for Deco Tools in Des Moines.

Bill purchased an acreage near Knoxville and thoroughly enjoyed working on the property. He also enjoyed fishing and golfing. Spending time with family and friends was also a great pleasure for Bill.

Those left to cherish Bill’s memory include his children: Jyl (Chad) DeJong of Knoxville; and Cale (Cristy) Johnson of Sioux Rapids; significant other, Pam Knight; seven grandchildren: Lillian and Malia Johnson; and Luka, Kolton, Brody, Gavin and Adeline DeJong; brother, Earl (Carol) Johnson of Marion; and many other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Margery.