SWEA CITY — A funeral service for Morris Johnson, age 93, of Swea City, Iowa, will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Swea City, Iowa, with Pastor Sam Belz officiating. Interment will be at Harrison Township Cemetery, rural Swea City, Iowa.
Morris passed away Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Hawkeye Care Center in Bancroft, Iowa, with his wife by his side. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today, Sept. 13, 2017, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Swea City. Military honors by Weiby-Johnson VFW Post 5232 of Armstrong and American Legion Fisher Post 14 of Swea City.
“S” Morris Johnson was born Nov. 9, 1923, on a farm in Eagle Township, 12 miles northwest of Swea City, Iowa, the son of Myron and Bertha (Thorson) Johnson. Although he has always been known as Morris, he was named Sigfred Morris because his parents wanted him to have his grandfather’s initials. He was baptized Jan. 23, 1924, in Zion Lutheran Church in Swea Township, which later merged with Immanuel Lutheran in town, where he was confirmed and has remained an active life member. He grew up on their family farm and started rural school #2 at age four until 7th grade, when that school was closed because of lack of students. Morris then enrolled in Swea City Consolidated School when they moved into town because of the death of his mother.
He graduated in 1940 and worked in an implement shop and gas station in Swea until he entered the U.S. Army in January of 1943. Morris served in both the American and European theatres during World War II. He took part in some of the heaviest fighting during the Battle of the Bulge, when he was awarded 3 Bronze Stars for his heroic actions. While Morris was in the Army he had the rank of Sergeant 3rd Class with 3 battle stars, 106th Infantry and Air Force. He was honorably discharged in 1946; he re-enlisted in the Army Reserve for 3 more years of service.
On March 9, 1947, he was united in marriage to Mildred Paulsen at Immanuel Lutheran in Swea City, where they are both members and remain active. They have one daughter, Karma. Morris was appointed postmaster of Swea City in 1955 and served his town and community proudly until he retired in 1983. The longest of any Swea postmasters.
Morris loved to travel so after he retired, he started delivering motor homes. During this time, he and Mildred visited all 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Canada, Hawaii and Mexico. They also traveled several times throughout Europe. For 30 years, they lived in Mission, Texas, during the winter months.
Morris had always been active in church, serving as deacon, trustee, financial secretary, reader, usher and Lutheran Brotherhood President. He was an active member of 4-H, Lions Club President, charter and life member of VFW Post 3963 and also the American Legion. In earlier years, he supported town and community organizations as well as acting in fundraisers, plays and other events.
During their winters in Texas, he was active in Our Saviors Lutheran Church, serving on the Winter Texan Church Board. He also volunteered at the Mission Hospital. Morris was interested in the welfare of Hispanic children and supported several at Children of The Rio Grande. Morris enjoyed projects around stamp collecting, reading and cross word puzzles. He also enjoyed delivering motor homes with grandson, Ryan, now deceased.
Life revolved around his family. Morris and Mildred enjoyed 70 years together, best friends, they had watched over each other through the years, sharing their love and devotion to God and family.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Mildred of Swea City; daughter, Karma (Randall) Bierle of Algona, Iowa; one grandchild, Brendon (Brooke) Bierle; granddaughter-in-law, Kylee Bierle; six great-grandchildren, Bristol, Piper, Braxton, Blayten, Brynlee, and Baylyn; nieces and nephews, Robert Michael; Thomas; Jeffrey; and their families; Jack; Jim; Richard; Rodney; Joanne; Judy; Jane Johnson and their families; and family friend, Linda Thoen.
Preceding Morris in death were his parents; brother, Wallace and wife, Wilna; brother-in-law, Albert Paulsen killed in action during World War II; grandson, Ryan Bierle in 2012; many other relatives and friends.
A special thanks for the kind, dedicated care given to Morris and our entire family by Jeanne and her staff.
In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorial to Iowa Honor Flight, Wounded Warrior Project or memorial of your choice.
Online condolences maybe left for the family at www.henryolsonfuneral.com