Ivan Lee Johnson,
Ivan Lee Johnson, age 82 of Ionia, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Mayo Clinics in Rochester, Minnesota.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, at Republic Community Church in rural Ionia.
Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery in Nashua.
Visitation was held at Republic Community Church on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to the time of service.
Memorials may be directed to Republic Community Church and online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ivan was born on September 17, 1937, in Broken Bow, Nebraska, the son of Frank and Margaret (Shaw) Johnson.
He was raised in rural Waverly and graduated from the Waverly High School in 1954.
On July 1, 1955, Ivan was united in marriage to Dearetta Dorman at the United Methodist Church in Janesville.
The couple would spend their life together farming near Ionia.
Besides farming, Ivan also worked for Oliver-White Farm Equipment Manufacturing in Charles City, Hydrotile in Nashua from 1984 to 1991, and for New Hampton Metal Fabrication in New Hampton, starting in 1992 until he retired in 1993.
Ivan was a member of Republic Community Church, Richland Township Trustee, and Nashua Rural Fireman’s Board.
Ivan’s greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with his family. He also enjoyed farming, fishing, and hunting.
Ivan’s memory is honored by his wife, Dearetta Johnson of Ionia; daughter, Christina (Robert) Patton of Ames; son, Rick (Linda) Johnson of Littleton, Colorado; two step-grandchildren, Jodi (Dave) Holschlag and Dan Patton; seven step-great-grandchildren; 15 step-great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Patty (Gary) Shatzberg of Cedar Falls, Karen (Doug) Boelman of Cedar Falls, and Ona Mae Brandt of Waverly.
Ivan was preceded in death by his parents and a step-great-great-grandson, Jaxen Rosendahl.