Joseph Johnson

Joseph Herman Johnson, 59, of Sioux Rapids died Jan. 1, 2017 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. 

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Storm Lake. Burial will be in Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Joseph Herman Johnson was born May 24, 1957 in Cherokee to Dennis K. and Darleen (Swanson) Johnson.

He attended school in Sioux Rapids and Alta. He received a degree in electronic communications from Western Iowa Tech. From there, he worked for the Union Pacific Railroad Headquarters in Omaha, where he worked on the Harriman Dispatch Center. Later, he moved back to the area and worked for U.S. West Communications/Century Link for the remainder of his career.

Joe was a beloved son, brother and friend, known for his generosity, helpfulness and strong work ethic. He liked working on cars, being in the woods, driving around the countryside, crossword puzzles and loved animals. He was a talented artist and drawing cartoons was his favorite.

He was baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness on Feb. 18, 1973. He loved being a Jehovah’s Witness and looked forward to the fulfillment of John 5:28, 29 and Revelation 21: 3-5. His faith strengthened him through his illness. He will be missed by his many friends and family.

Surviving are his mother, Darleen Johnson of Sioux Rapids; brother, Curtis Johnson of Alta; sister, Marita Johnson of Sioux Rapids; and brother, Matt Johnson of Booneville; extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis K. Johnson; and grandparents: Gust A. and Esther Johnson and Herman and Signe Swanson.