Jerald Johnson
July 23, 1944 - July 11, 2017
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Jerald Johnson died of complications from a brief illness at the University of Iowa Hospitals on Tuesday, July 11th at the age of 72.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Arlet of Emmetsburg, IA; their children, Kent (Jena) Johnson of Shakopee MN, Mark (Julie) Johnson of Cedar Rapids, IA and Carrie (Kevin) Webb of Shakopee MN. His siblings, Carol Shear, Marilyn Scott, and Patti (Mervin) Berkland.

Jerry's extra special survivors are his grandchildren; Taylor, Maddie, Tanner, and Emma Johnson of Shakopee; Wesley, Berkley, Quincey and Bradey Johnson of Cedar Rapids and Charlie and Audrey Webb of Shakopee; and many other family and friends.

Jerry was born on July 23, 1944 on a farm near Eagle Grove, IA to Emory and Evelyn (Hansel) Johnson. He graduated Cylinder High School in 1962 and while in school he enjoyed playing basketball and baseball. After high school he joined the national guard. He then married his high school sweetheart Arlet Berkland and they went on to farm in the Paton and Fenton area until Jerry's retirement. Arlet and Jerry just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 17th. Inside their family, Jerry was known to make the boys daily bacon and eggs, start Carrie's car on those cold mornings and squeeze Arlet fresh orange juice almost every day. Over the years Jerry loved to hunt, shoot pool, snowmobile, golf and cheer on his favorite driver Dale Earnhart Sr. His later years were spent tinkering in his workshop and watching his grandchildren grow - he was so very proud of his wife, children and grandchildren.

A visitation is scheduled for Sunday, July 16th from noon to 2:30 p.m. Family services will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to the Palo Alto Co. Historical Society School, 2407 17th St., Emmetsburg. Arlet has a passion for the country school and because it was important to her, Jerry washed a lot of windows every year before the fair!
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Sharon Storey
Jul 20, 2017

Arlet - your children and grandchildren, I only learned of Jerry's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. My sympathy to you and your family. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ruth Endorf
Jul 19, 2017

Arlet, I am so sorry for your loss. I give you my sympathy and keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Harlan & Charlotte Plagge
Jul 19, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Arlet and your family. It has been years since we have moved away and seen you guys. But Jerry would check in on Harlan to see what we were up to. We will remember him with smiles

Paul Gebel
Jul 19, 2017

Johnson Family: I want to express my sympathy to everyone at this challenging time. I didn't know Jerald very well, but I do know that he did an outstanding job, along with Arlet, in raising three outstanding children.... more

Jul 19, 2017
Johnson Family: I want to express my sympathy to everyone at this challenging time. I didn't know Jerald very well, but I do know that he did an outstanding job, along with Arlet, in raising three outstanding children. Sending my sincere thoughts and prayers. Miss you all.

Paul Gebel
Lynn Heggen (Gaylen)
Jul 15, 2017

Arlet, I am so sorry for your loss, my sympathy to you and your family.

Doc&Marcie Frevert
Jul 14, 2017

Arlet, Kent, Mark, and Carrie and Families: We are so sorry for your loss. Though we are never ready to lose those we love, good memories are a treasure forever. Our sincere sympathy, Bill and Marcie Frevert

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