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April 22, 2013

Bernard Johnson

HEDRICK — Bernard “Bernie” Johnson, 71, of Hedrick, passed away April 20, 2013, at his home.

Bernie was born Sept. 6, 1941, to Leroy “Johnny” and Mary (Stratton) Johnson in Oskaloosa. He married Janis Rae Akers Jan. 27, 1968. in Eddyville.

Bernie graduated from Oskaloosa High School, Class of 1960. He was the president of his senior class. He served in the U.S. Marines for four years. He worked for Iowa Southern Utilities, later becoming Alliant Energy, for 29 years as a lineman and later a district superintendent. He retired in 1995. He later worked for Sigourney Tractor. He also did some electrical work. Bernie coached Little League and Babe Ruth for several years. He enjoyed bowling, golf, woodworking and remodeling. Bernie was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Bernie is survived by his wife, Janis; their son, Steven (Amy) Johnson of Ottumwa; their daughter, Staci (David) Jasper of rural Hedrick; and three grandsons, Caleb and Joshua Jasper and Ryan Johnson. Bernie is also survived by three sisters, Carol Barnes of Oskaloosa, Sandy Guthrie of Republican City, Neb., and Becky Ogden of Nevada; and one brother, Mike Johnson of Milton, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Margaret Chilcote.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Eddyville Funeral Chapel of Eddyville; with Rev. Jason Gutzmer officiating. Bernie’s wishes were to be cremated after services, and a private family burial will be held at a later date.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral chapel. Bernie’s family will greet friends from 5-8 p.m.

A memorial has been established in Bernie’s name to the Hedrick First Responders.

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