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Carl Jackson (Jack) Johnson, 83

Carl Jackson (Jack) Johnson, 83, passed away from Parkinson’s on Aug. 17, 2012, at Edgewater Retirement Community in West Des Moines, Iowa. Funeral services will be held on Aug. 25, 11 a.m. at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Ava, Mo., with burial in Ava Cemetery. Visitation will be held at 9 a.m.

Jack was born in Hammond, Mo., on June 6, 1929, to Fred and Mae (Wallace) Johnson.  He grew up in Ozark County, Mo., and graduated from Gainesville High School. Jack married Norma Lee Piland on July 24, 1948. Norma preceded him in death in 2010 after 62 years of marriage.

Jack lived and worked in many communities in Missouri, Minnesota and Iowa.  After graduating from high school he taught elementary school for a few years, and then he began his career in construction.  He worked in farm tiling and natural gas pipeline construction.  In his later years he enjoyed ranching and real estate development. Jack and Norma raised their two children in Iowa City, Iowa.

Jack is survived by his children Pam (Steve) Noll of Vancouver, Wash., and Jim (Mary) Johnson of Des Moines, Iowa; grandchildren Michael, A.J. and Patrick Noll and Sydney and Grant Johnson; brothers, Harlan, of Miller, Mo., Gary, of La Mesa, Calif., Ed, of Maquoketa, Iowa; sisters Barbara Dunnegan, of Maquoketa, Iowa, June Coffey, of Augusta, Kan., Marian O’Connell of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Carolyn Mork of Osage, Iowa, and Lana Allen of Ely, Iowa; several nieces and nephews.

His parents and brother, Bill, also preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation to aid in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Clinkingbeards of Ava.

Online condolences may be made at www.clinkingbeardfuneral