ELDORA, Iowa — Thomas Gilbert Johnson, age 53, passed away on Oct. 24, 2011, in Eldora, Iowa. Thomas was born to James and Lois (VanVickle) Johnson in Brainerd, Minn., on Dec. 8, 1956.
Tom is survived by his son, William, of Marshalltown, Iowa; brothers, Timothy and Todd (Brenda); sisters; Tammy (Scott) Johnson-Kohl, Teresa Johnson and Deb (Ken) Niemela; special friend, Darla Bailey.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents.
Tom cherished the time he shared with Willie. Watching football, fishing, driving the tractor, flying kites, roller blading/bicycling, playing Wii, grilling steaks, or even just sitting together talking. With Willie, he was patient, kind and had peace when they were together.
Tom loved the outdoors, riding motorcycles, canoeing, snowmobiling, hiking, just about anything that involved outdoors. It didn’t matter if it was 10 degrees or 90 degrees, you’d still find him outdoors doing something.
He held very fond memories of his family and the friends he grew up with in Minnesota and spoke highly of them often. Oh, how he loved to tell the stories!!
Tom enjoyed cooking and gardening, he even did some canning.
He made great pickles — grown in the backyard, along with veggies, horseradish, and herbs.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. at Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Chapel. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials are preferred.
Family is being served by:
Funeral Home and Cremation Care
Brainerd, (218) 829-3581 www.halvorson-johnson.com