The Ottumwa Courier

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October 14, 2013

Dean Johnson

FAIRFIELD — Dean A.L. Johnson passed away peacefully on Oct. 12, 2013, at Ridgewood Care Facility, Ottumwa.

He was born on March 14, 1929, in Iowa City. Dean was the son of Arthur and Ellen Coleson Johnson. He graduated from Fairfield High School in 1946 and then from Parsons College in 1958 with a B.A. in physical education. He joined Company D of the State Guard in 1946 and was recruited by Dillon Lowell to join the reorganized band in April 1947. Dean had been playing the tuba since 1942, while in high school. He retired from the National Guard as a Master Sgt. after 39 years of service.

Dean taught at Pence school for two years and also worked for the Soil Conservation Service, Gobble Clothiers and Bowes Sealfast and then retired after 28 years as a State Farm agent.

Dean had been a member of the 34th Army Band, Iowa National Guard, Wapello Chiefs Barbershop Group, Fairfield Community Summer Band, Tarnished Brass Band in Van Buren County, Lions Club International, Golf Club Makers Assoc., Weakenders Camping Club, Walton Golf and Country Club, Iowa Military Veteran’s Band, Fairfield Rifle Club, Fairfield City Council and a lifetime member of the NRA. One of his favorite groups was the Howard Johnson Coffee Club.

He had been a member of the United Methodist Church for more than 60 years and frequently sang in the choir and volunteered for usher duty and the Methodist Men. He was a volunteer with Troop 64 Boy Scouts and received the “Silver Beaver" award and “Wood Badge." He was named “Lion of the Year” and also received the “Warren Coleman Award" and was presented the “Melvin Jones Fellow” award by Lions International Foundation. He was named “Man of the Year” twice at the Walton Golf Club, where he spent many volunteer hours. He also received the “Mr. Trojan Award” in 1984 for volunteer service with the FHS track and field team.

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