Garth Julian Johnson was born Feb. 24, 1938, in Morehead, the son of Emil and Gudrun (Jordahl) Johnson. He was baptized at Ingemann Lutheran Church in Morehead, and confirmed at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Oyens. When he was three years old, the family moved to Los Angeles, Calif. When he was seven years old, the family returned to Iowa to a farm in Union Township, rural Plymouth County. He attended school at Union Township School and later graduated from Le Mars Central High School with the Class of 1956.
Garth served his country in the United States Army from Sept. 21, 1956 until being honorably discharged on Sept. 5, 1959. He returned back to a farm in Fredonia Township following his discharge from the service. He returned to live in California and returned back to Plymouth County.
Garth worked as an over-the-road truck driver for more than 20 years. After his mother died in 2001, Garth purchased the family farm. He continued to drive truck and farm for the next several years. For the last several years, Garth drove for K & B Trucking of Sioux City.
He enjoyed gardening, reading, hunting, and snowmobiling with friends.
Garth was very mechanical; aiding him with making his own repairs on his truck and farm equipment.
Survivors include his five children: Julie Johnson of Le Mars, Kent Johnson, of Norwalk, Conn., Becky Wojcik and her husband, Jim of Candia, N.H., and their children Jacey and Ryan, Emily Johnson of Glenwood, and Elizabeth Johnson of Glenwood; a brother, Denis Johnson and his wife, Nancy, of Idaho Springs, Colo.; two sisters, Kay Gutierrez and her husband, Dave, of Algonquin, Ill., and Viki Grzelinski and her husband, Tom, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Garth was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Gudrun (Jordahl) Johnson.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Interment will be at St. Catherine's Catholic Cemetery in Oyens. Visitation will be from noon until service time Monday at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.