In Memory of

Donald B. Johnson

May 20, 1924 - February 11, 2015
Donald Bruce Johnson, the son of Andrew and Henrietta (Braaks), was born May 20, 1924, in Hartford, SD. His childhood years were spent in Hartford, and he graduated as Valedictorian of his class at Hartford High School. He then served his country for three years as a pilot in the Naval Air Corps. He was united in marriage to Georgia Hansen in February of 1947. The early years of their marriage were spent in Iowa City, IA, while Don attended pharmacy school. As he had done in high school, he graduated as Valedictorian from the University of Iowa. The couple then moved to Cherokee where they raised their family, and Don worked for the McWilliams Drug Store. He eventually purchased the business, and remained there until his retirement in 2003. He enjoyed golf, crossword puzzles, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, socializing at the Cherokee Country Club, and cocktails with friends. Georgia passed away in 2009. When his own health began to fail, Don was lovingly cared for by the staff at the Cherokee Villa Nursing and Rehab Center. He passed away there on Wednesday, February 11, 2014, at the age of 90. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a sister, Shirley and grandson, Gavin. Survivors include his three children and their families: James (Marlys) Johnson of Coeur'd Alene, ID, Jeff (Marlene) Johnson of Phoenix, AZ, and Chris Reno of Englewood, CO; his grandchildren, Kelli, Jeff, Natalie and Emily Johnson, and Nathan Reno; four great-grandchildren, Devon, Jay, Josie and Georgia Johnson.
There will be a memorial service at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 14th at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Pastor Jon Riggert
Val Koch Wayne Stewart Leroy Lanxon Larry Selgeby Craig Johnson Bill Spindler Jim Robinson
Burial will be at Oakhill Cemetery at a later date.


Monday, March 9, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Don and Georgia were very special to our family. My mom, Bonnie, felt blessed being in their lives. They were both so caring & smart & the kind of people that made you be a better person for knowing them. My love to the kids - you meant the world to them. ”
- Susie (Ohlson) Wilson
Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Don and Georgia were just amazing people. My mom, Bonnie, loved them dearly. My memories of both are of warm, caring, intelligent people, and of all of us always laughing. My love to the kids. ”
- Susie (Ohlson) Wilson
Friday, February 20, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Don was a great guy - a great neighbor. He always had a smile on his face. He will be missed. ”
- Robin Bunch
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Our deepest sympathy to the Johnson family. Don was a gentleman and a fun guy to be around. ”
- Jeff & Queta Fishman
Monday, February 16, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“One of the truly GREAT guys our family knew over many, many years. Our family offers condolences to your family. Many good memories of Don and Georgia and "the gang" will always be part of the narrative when all these stories resurface. ”
- Ed Spindler
Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry to hear of Dons passing he was always a true gentleman. Hia smile and laughter will always be remembered”
- Hank Hayes
Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Jim, Jeff, and Chris,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Life changes but memories live forever. May you enjoy those memories and hold them close to your heart. In love and friendship, Mike and Joyce”
- Mike Bechtel
Friday, February 13, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Jeff,Jim,@ Chris, I heard of your dads passing today,people dont come any better than him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
- Don Ehrich
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