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Gary D. Johnson

August 24, 1937 January 25, 2016
Gary D. Johnson
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Obituary for Gary D. Johnson
Gary D. Johnson

Ida Grove, Iowa - Gary D. Johnson, 78, of Ida Grove, Iowa died Monday, January 25, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa as the result of a tragic accidental fall in his home. The funeral service will be Saturday, January 30 at 10;30 a.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton, Iowa with Pastor Jena Manchester officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery at Mapleton. Visitation will be Friday, January 29 after 5:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton, Iowa. The family is receiving condolences on line at

Gary Dwain Johnson was born August 24, 1937, at Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Frank and Marguerite (Hood) Johnson. He grew up in Sioux City and graduated from Central High School with the class of 1955. While in school, Gary enjoyed summers with his grandparents at Pisgah, Iowa. After graduating, Gary accepted employment with the Highway Commission, now the Iowa Department of Transportation based out of Sioux City. He worked as a Project Manager of Construction. He later became the district auditor for 19 counties in northwest Iowa on all federal and state secondary road projects. One of his early projects was involvement in the construction of Interstate 29.
In the winter of 1971, Connie Price of Mapleton, Iowa was also working with the DOT and was introduced to Gary by a friend. It must have been love at first sight because at the moment they met, Connie knew she was going marry that man and soon Gary surprised Connie with a proposal. They were married July 23, 1971 at the Church of Christ in Mapleton.
The couple first lived in Sioux City and bought their first home in Moville, Iowa in 1973, and later moved to Ida Grove, Iowa. In 1979, Gary decided to change jobs and became employed at Bigelow Engineering in Ida Grove and then transferred to the position of Ida County Assistant County Engineer. After a successful career there, he retired in July of 2002. After about a year, the county asked him back to fill the then vacant position of Ida County Engineer. Gary accepted and returned to full time work and ran the county for about one year while also training the current Ida County Engineer. Once done, Gary stepped back and once again retired.
Gary and Connie loved day trips in the area. Gary really liked shopping and enjoyed finding that good deal on his new clothes. He also loved animals, especially dogs and his kitties, often stray cats that roamed into their yard. They also enjoyed going out to share in a good meal. Recently they especially loved traveling to Mapleton and eating a delicious meal at Iron Mikes. Gary also enjoyed leisure time in his hobbies of fishing, bowling, and playing cards with friends.
Family members left to embrace their memories of Gary include Connie, his wife of 44 years; three sisters, Jackie Adams of Austin, Texas, Janice Shook of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Pat Hughes of Houston, Texas; one brother-in-law, Mike Price of Mapleton, Iowa; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Vivian Ouellette and her husband, Bob; one sister-in-law, Kathee Price: three brothers-in-law, Jaque Adams, Clair Shook, and Edward T. Ted Hughes.


Saturday, January 30, 2016 10:30 a.m.ξ

Armstrong Funeral Home Mapleton, Iowaξ


Friday, January 29, 2016 After 5:00 p.m.ξ

Armstrong Funeral Home Mapleton, Iowaξ
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