Donovan H. Johnson
May 22, 1931 - March 11, 2015
Birthplace: Rural Montgomery County, Iowa
Resided In: Red Oak, Iowa

Visitation 3/13/2015
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Service 3/14/2015
First Covenant Church
Burial 3/14/2015
Evergreen Cemetery

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Donovan Harold Johnson, age 83, of Red Oak, Iowa, passed away, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. Donovan was born May 22, 1931 in rural Montgomery County, Iowa the son of Arnold and Nellie (Swanson) Johnson. He graduated from Red Oak High School in 1949 and served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Upon his return from service, Donovan was united in marriage to Joyce Allely on August 16, 1953 at the Wesley Chapel Church in Mills County, Iowa. Donovan started farming in 1954 and farmed in Montgomery and Mills counties throughout the years until moving into Red Oak in 2004. He was a member of the Hawthorne United Methodist Church for 37 years and currently a member of the First Covenant Church. He was also a past member of the American Legion and Isaac Walton League. Donovan enjoyed fishing, hunting, building gunstocks, and spending time with his family. They describe him as faithful, understanding, and a little ornery.

Preceding him in death were his parents and sister-in-law: Rose Mary Allely. Survivors include his wife: Joyce Johnson of Red Oak, Iowa; sons: Charles Johnson and wife Joyce of Bellevue, Nebraska and Darwin Johnson and wife Lori of Emerson, Iowa; granddaughter: Sarah Johnson of Emerson, Iowa; brother-in-law: Richard Allely of Springfield, Oregon; nephews: Roger Allely and wife Kathy of Eagle River, Alaska and Steve Allely and wife Susie of Sisters, Oregon; niece: Janice Davies and husband Bob of Portland, Oregon and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the First Covenant Church with Pastor Alan Dean officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 5-7 PM Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Hawthorne United Methodist Church or the First Covenant Church.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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Red Oak, Iowa 51566
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