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C. Clifford Johnson

Monday, November 14, 2011

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C. Clifford "Cliff" Johnson, 68, of Fort Dodge, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

The service honoring Cliff's life will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Dodge with the Rev. J. Faulkner Martin and the Rev. Austin Hill officiating. A lunch will immediately follow the service at the church and interment will be in the Elfsborg Lutheran Cemetery near Pomeroy. Memorials may be directed to the discretion of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Fort Dodge.

Cliff is survived by his wife Karen; his daughters, Kia (Scott) Deuel and Kari (Todd) Constable, all of Fort Dodge; Kris (Sean McNamee) Johnson, Minneapolis, Minn.; grandchildren, Zachary, Alex and Jacob Deuel, and Noel, Gabrielle and Joseph Constable; his brother Gary (Sherry) Johnson, Glenwood; nephew, Brant (Therese) Johnson, Waukee; and niece Jana (Terry) Manning, Waukesha, Wisc. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Clyde Clifford Johnson, the son of Clyde Sr. and Florence (Lindbloom) Johnson, was born April 13, 1943 in Cherokee. He graduated from Storm Lake High School and while in high school worked for Horner and Olson Grocery. On June 26, 1965, Cliff was united in marriage to Karen Marlys Olson in Storm Lake. He then worked for Swanson's Grocery in New Ulm, Minn. and later in Fort Dodge. Cliff attended Iowa Central and received a degree in Industrial Technology. Cliff established his own business and installed many sound and public safety radio systems. Cliff and a partner started Bolt Security and installed electronic surveillance and security systems. After selling both businesses, Cliff worked for Honeywell for 15 years. He then accepted a position with Fort Dodge Laboratories where he was the Calibration Standards Coordinator. Cliff also taught computer classes at Iowa Central as well as computer technology classes for many business and industrial clients. At the time of his death, Cliff was the Technology Director at First Presbyterian Church.

Cliff was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served on many committees and was an Elder. He enjoyed anything technical or computer-related and music of all kinds. He had a deep love for sports, especially the Hawkeyes. He was a member of the Chancel Choir at his church and was also a member of Sonshine Singers. Cliff treasured time spent with his grandchildren in the new man cave.