Russell Johnson

Posted February 5, 2014 at 10:37 am

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Aug. 4, 1954 – Jan. 30, 2014

Russell Johnson, age 59, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, following a brief illness.

  Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello where friends called after 2 p.m.   Rev Al Polito officiated at the services. 

Russell Albert  Johnson was born Aug. 4, 1954, at the John McDonald Hospital, Monticello.  He was the son of Albert and Ruth Dirks Johnson.  Russell attended the Monticello Community Schools where he graduated in 1973.  Russell farmed on the Shover Farm east of Monticello.   He also worked as plumber for Mike Kraus. Russell also worked at Willenborg Plumbing and Heating in Dubuque for a number of years. 

  Russell had a passion for Demo Derby.  He participated in all the events in the area and later got both his son and daughter involved as well.  He also loved to hunt and fish. 

Surviving are two children,  Travis (Chelsea) Johnson of Monticello and Tiffany (Shawn) Nolan of Hopkinton; three grandchildren; two sisters, Marlene (Jerry) Nagel, and Laurie Johnson, both of Cedar Rapids; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald. 

Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.