Gene M. Johnson
Gene M. Johnson, 83, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at Calvin Community in Des Moines. He was born May 1, 1930, to Robert L. and Beryl (Stubbs) Johnson in Pleasantville, Iowa. Gene grew up in Pleasantville and graduated from Pleasantville High School in 1948.
Gene assisted his father in the family grocery store throughout high school and afterwards. In 1951, during the Korean War, he joined the U.S. Navy and served for four years. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he returned to Iowa and graduated from Capital City Commercial College in 1957.
Gene married Helen L. Roush of Indianola in 1952. They were married 49 years and four months. Two sons were born to them, Thomas W. and R Scott. Thomas died in 1960 at 19 months of age. Helen, his wife died in 2001. Gene lived in Urbandale for 42 years. He was employed at Allied Insurance for 31 years, retiring in 1988 after suffering a stroke. Gene continued to enjoy the many friendships he made while at Allied up until his death.
Gene enjoyed stamp collecting and maintained a large collection of U.S. stamps. He was a member of Aldersgate Methodist Church in Urbandale.
Gene is survived by his son, R Scott of Tucson, AZ and several nieces and nephews, including two special nieces, Roxanne Kanne-Roush and Amanda Gregory. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, son, Thomas, twin sister, June Ann, brother, Arthur, and his parents.
According to his wishes, his body was cremated and no service was held. The cremated remains will be buried in the Pleasantville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvin Community Good Samaritan Fund. Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel is handling arrangements. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.
Published in Des Moines Register on June 30, 2013