In Memory of Pastor Victor "Vic" N. Johnson



Pastor Victor "Vic" N. Johnson
Pastor Victor "Vic" N. Johnson
Born: July 20, 1931
Died: February 21, 2020
Age: 88
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Pastor Victor "Vic" N. Johnson
July 20, 1931 - February 21, 2020
From: Wall Lake, IA

Pastor Victor “Vic” N. Johnson, age 88, of Wall Lake, Iowa, passed away on Friday, February 21, 2020, at the St. Anthony Regional Hospital of Carroll, Iowa.

A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 28, 2020, at the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church of Carroll, Iowa, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Graveside Services will be at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the Wall Lake Cemetery of Wall Lake, Iowa. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church of Carroll, Iowa. The Reverend Cindy Johnson and the Reverend Lorna Halaas will officiate. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at www.christensenvanhouten.com


Pastor Victor “Vic” Nathaniel Nagunwa Johnson, the son of Rev. V. Eugene and Edythe J. (Strom) Johnson, was born on July 20, 1931, in Iambi, Tanzania, Africa. His parents were missionaries and he grew up in Africa until the age of 15. The family then returned to Minneapolis, MN and Vic attended Minnehaha Academy graduating with the class of 1948. After high school Vic attended Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS, receiving his BA in 1953. He went on to continue his education at the Augustana Seminary in Rock Island, IL and received his Master of Divinity in 1957.

On February 24, 1956, Vic was united in marriage to Lois E. Johnson in Chicago, IL. The couple moved to Shell Lake, WI and welcomed the birth of their first child, daughter Janet. In 1961 the family moved to the Kansas City, MO, area where Vic served as the pastor of two different parishes. While living in Missouri their second child, son Steven, was born. Vic’s pastoral duties then took the family to Texas before eventually moving to Iowa in 1979. Vic most recently served as the pastor of the Faith Lutheran Church in Odebolt and Bethel Lutheran Church in Kiron until 2001 when he and Lois retired to Wall Lake.

Vic was a member of the Wall Lake Lion’s Club and a former city councilman. He was an avid golfer and a part of friends of Bill W. Fondly referred to as “Bopey” by his grandchildren, Vic was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. His family meant the world to him. Vic will be remembered for his compassion, gratitude, faith, love of God and all of God’s people. 

Left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 64 years Lois Johnson of Wall Lake, IA; daughter Janet (Dr. David) Blackburn of Boerne, TX; son Dr. Steven (Chrissy) Johnson of Palatine, IL; 9 grandchildren: Megan (Zach) Lawson, Sarah (Nelson) Allen, Brad Blackburn, Matt Blackburn, Dan Johnson, Alex Johnson, Sean Wasserman, Tyler Wasserman and James Victor Johnson; 3 great-grandchildren: Oliver Lawson, Soren Lawson and Mac Allen; and brother David (Diane) Johnson of Des Moines, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents Rev. V. Eugene and Edythe Johnson; sister Doris Johnson; and brother Daniel Johnson.

SERVICES

11:00 a.m., Saturday,
February 29, 2020
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
Carroll, Iowa

OFFICIATING

Rev. Cindy Johnson
Rev. Lorna Halaas

VISITATION

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday,
February 28, 2020
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
Carroll, Iowa

Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.

MUSIC

"Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone" ~ solo
"Peace Like A River"
"I Love To Tell The Story"
"Great Is Thy Faithfulness"

Jan Potthoff, Pianist
Dr. Steven Johnson, Vocalist
Brad Blackburn, Vocalist

INTERMENT

Graveside Services
9:00 a.m., Saturday,
February 29, 2020
Wall Lake Cemetery
Wall Lake, Iowa


Condolences


Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 12:25 PM
“We share in your loss. Our memories are many. Walking the streets of Mpls during the International and hearing Vic's booming voice. Mostly focusing on his kind, encouraging smile we hold his memory in our hearts.”
- Ed and Joyce DeHaan
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 12:25 PM
“My condolences to the Johnson family for the loss of "Vic", grandfather, father, husband, family member, friend, parishioner, wonderful man. I feel fortunate to have known him and to have heard his wisdom. That will live on in me, as I'm sure it will similarly with others who have been inspired by him also. God bless!”
- James T. Wallace
Monday, March 2, 2020 at 12:20 PM
“To Lois and your family.
Vic was the best, whether it was as a pastor, a fellow golfer or just a good friend; he always had a positive attitude, looking for best in everyone. Our prayers are with you. JIM and KIM MICKELSON”
- Jim Mickelson
Monday, March 2, 2020 at 12:20 PM
“Lois and family-Vern and I are so sorry to hear about Vic. Vern enjoyed being Vic's golfing partner for many years. He also enjoyed having coffee with him at Docs. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Vern and Mary Bruening
Monday, March 2, 2020 at 12:20 PM
“Vic has been a special friend since 1985 when I met him in Fort Dodge, Iowa. One of the kindest most gentle men I have ever known. He will be greatly missed by me and all that knew him. May God's Grace be with Lois and all the family, Vic, Rest in Peace. You Will not be forgotten. ”
- Whitey Whitecotton
Monday, March 2, 2020 at 12:20 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss & Vic will always be remembered in our memories until we meet again. He was always kind, compassionate, and ready to listen. He is now with the Father and at Peace with no more illness or suffering.
Our thought & prayers are with You 🙏🙏🙏
Dan, AK, Logan, Lexie, & Sydney Stewart ”
- Dan & AK Stewart
Monday, March 2, 2020 at 12:20 PM
“So, so sorry to hear of Pastor Vic's passing. God gained an awesome angel. We so enjoyed his and Lois' time at Ascension Lutheran in Coon Rapids. Lois, remember Vic is in a much better place and God has you wrapped in His arms to help you get through this most sad time.
- Sue Shackelford
Monday, March 2, 2020 at 12:20 PM
“My sympathy to Lois, Janet and Steven and all the grandchildren and great grand children. What a wonderful life Vic lived from Africa to Iowa and stops in between. My parents Harold and Ilene Lundblad of Gowrie counted Vic and Lois as dear friends. They, too, are gone but now they will welcome Vic to God's eternal home. I pray God's comfort and peace to all of you. ”
- Barbara Lundblad
Monday, March 2, 2020 at 12:20 PM
“It has been our honor to have known Vic & Lois more than 33 yrs. Such a gift to us and all that know them. His wisdon and wit will be greatly missed till we meet again. Prayers to the family.”
- Mary Tannehill & Jerry Tannehill
Monday, March 2, 2020 at 12:20 PM
“Lois and family,
So sorry to hear of Vic's passing. We got to know him when he served our church, St. Paul's in Irwin as an Interim Pastor.
He was very well liked and a blessing to us at our time of need. It was nice to get to know both of you, our prayers to you and your family.”
- Mike and Kathy Fara
Monday, March 2, 2020 at 12:20 PM
“We send our condolences to Lois and her family. You are in our hearts and prayers. We are so blessed to have had the opportunity to know Pastor Vic and he will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Glenn & Sally Becker”
- Glenn Becker
Monday, March 2, 2020 at 12:20 PM
“What a wonderful tribute to a very distinguished man! You will be missed but your memories will be treasured!”
- Kimberly Blackburn
Monday, March 2, 2020 at 12:20 PM
“So Sorry for your loss. Did not know his interesting history till I read biography. His legacy and love lives on with the blessings of children,grandchildren and great grandchildren. Sincerely ,The Garcias”
- Trina and Mike Garcia
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