Charles "Chuck" Johnson died suddenly at the Charles De Gualle airport in Paris, France, on September 4, 2019, at the age of 67 years.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albert City. A private family burial will be in the Fairfield Township Cemetery. There will be a reception at the church immediately following the service. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City is in charge of the arrangements.
Charles Lawrence Johnson (Chuck) was born March 23, 1952, in Storm Lake, Iowa, to Maynard Elwood Johnson and Frances Evalyn (Ledbetter) Johnson. He was the third of five children. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albert City, Iowa.
Chuck graduated from Albert City-Truesdale High School in 1970. During his high school years, he won awards for band and was selected for the Iowa All-State Choir, three years in a row. He also traveled to Europe with a select choir. He was co-captain of the track team and lettered in track and cross country. Chuck was also a Drake qualifier. He was a member of the National Honor Society. Chuck attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and the University of Minnesota in St Paul, Minnesota. While at ISU, he was a member of the marching band. Chuck joined a college ministry called Luther Youth Encounter where he had an encounter with God that changed his life and it is also where he met Michele. He led Bible studies as a LYE leader on the ISU campus. Chuck earned a BS degree in Agriculture and Ancient History from the U of M. He married Michele Jane Isaacson, on September 22, 1973, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They had seven children. Their son, Micah, was adopted from Seoul, Korea.
In 1975, after a short time at Luther Seminary, in Columbia, South Carolina, Chuck and Michele moved to Albert City, Iowa where Chuck worked for his dad for three years. They then moved to Windom, Minnesota. Chuck and his brothers farmed in both Minnesota and Iowa for six years. Losing the family farms was one of Chuck’s greatest sorrows. In 1985, Chuck and his family moved to Colorado for a brief time and then moved to Dallas, TX, so Chuck could attend Dallas Theological Seminary. Chuck soon left the seminary and the family moved to McAllen, Texas where Chuck taught Marketing for three years at Hidalgo High School in Hidalgo, Texas. He also coached the Hidalgo HS cross country team. In 1989, he and Michele returned to Colorado and settled in Buena Vista, Colorado. Chuck started two businesses, Fruit Express and the Fish Factory. He lived there for 30 years until his death.
Chuck had many interests and participated in them with passion and intensity. He enjoyed stamp collecting, running track, piano and singing, raising tropical fish, flowers and gardening, history, collecting muscle cars, snowmobiling, theology, reading, teaching, traveling, genealogical research, meeting new people, and he loved to talk! In general, he had a great love of learning.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, and his son, Micah. He is survived by his wife, Michele, and six children; Andrew Johnson, of Buena Vista, CO, Brita (Ohad) Almog of Belmont, CA, Sarah (Shannon) Langston of Nashville, TN, Elisabet (Jordan) Green of Palo Alto, CA, David Johnson, of Denver, CO, and Mary Johnson, of Ottawa, Canada, and three grandchildren, Orin, Nevoh, and Amalia Almog, He is also survived by three brothers; Woody (Tary), Bud (Georgia), and Chip (Kendra) Johnson, and a sister, Kris (Pete) Dunn and other friends and relatives and many, many distant cousins!
May God grant strength and comfort to those who mourn his passing.
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