Donald A. Johnson - Harmony

HARMONY -- The funeral for Donald Arlow Johnson will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Greenfield Lutheran Church, Harmony.

Mr. Johnson, 94, of Harmony, died Friday (Jan. 22, 2010) at Harmony Healthcare Center.

He was born May 7, 1915, in Harmony to Theodore and Bessie Johnson. He attended and graduated from Harmony High School. He worked at Hanson Drug Store following graduation until entering the U.S. Army in 1941. On Feb. 7, 1942, he married his high school sweetheart, June Johnson. To this union three children were born.

After being discharged from the service in 1945 he returned to Harmony and continued employment for about a year at Hanson's Drug Store and the Harmony Creamery before going into business in Lime Springs, Iowa. He and June ran the café in Lime Springs for a couple years and then returned to Harmony to farm. In 1953 they moved to Lime Springs and went into business running Johnson's Sundries. Arlow was also employed as the bookkeeper at Lime Springs Farmer's Co-op until his retirement.

He enjoyed singing, dancing, sports events and traveling. He sang in the State Line Men's Chorus for many years. He was mayor of Lime Springs for several terms. He had over 50 years of membership with the American Legion, where he served as Commander and was also a member on the Veterans Affairs Board. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and was a Commercial Club member while living in Lime Springs. In Lime Springs he and June were members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church where he served on the church council.


In 2007 Arlow and June moved to Heritage Grove assisted living in Harmony and renewed their church membership at Greenfield Lutheran Church. He enjoyed his stay there until suffering a stroke in 2009 and moving to Harmony Healthcare for the remainder of his life.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Betty (Chuck) Wilson of Naples, Fla., and Nancy (Terry) Miller of Lime Springs, Iowa; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Don Johnson, his parents, and a brother.

Visitation will be Monday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony, and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.