Wayne C. Johnson

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wayne C. Johnson, age 86, of Alta, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center of Storm Lake. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 13, at 11 a.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Alta with Rev. Craig Cummins officiating. Burial will be at the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery of Storm Lake. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. with the family present 6 -- 8 p.m. at the Nicklas D Jensen Funeral Home of Alta. The Nicklas D Jensen Funeral Home of Alta is in charge of the arrangements.

Wayne was born on June 2, 1925 to Carl and Eleanor Johnson. He graduated from Albert City High School in 1944. On Nov. 4, 1951 he was married to Donna Beckfield. Together they were blessed with three children, Bryon, Charlene and Annette. The family lived and farmed in Laurens until 1960 when they moved to Alta. Wayne worked for First Coop and for the Alta Community Schools.

After retirement he enjoyed mowing the lawn, woodworking, fishing and traveling, particularly on the bus trip across Canada. He especially enjoyed time with family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nadine; and son-in-law, Jim Friedrich.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Johnson of Alta; son, Bryon (Mary) Johnson of Ankeny; daughters, Charlene Friedrich of Courtland, Minn., and Annette (Pat) Petersen of Alta; grandchildren, Alex Johnson of Ankeny, Rachel (Jave) Colburn of Altoona, Chad Friedrich of Bloomington, Minn. and Lisa Friedrich of Bloomington, Minn.; brother, Kenneth Johnson of Storm Lake; sister-in-law, Elaine (Gary) Spooner of Sioux Rapids; brother-in-law, Marlin Beckfield of Des Moines; and also many nieces, nephews and friends.