Alfred Joseph Johnson
February 5, 1943 – November 30, 2011
Visitation will begin at 3 pm, Friday, December 2, 2011 with family present from 5pm to 7 pm at Heartland Funeral Home of Brandon, SD. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, December 3, at Prairie Hills Covenant Church of Sioux Falls, SD, Pastor Andrew Burnett officiating. Another visitation will be held 2 pm until 5 pm, Sunday, December 4, at the Ralph Wittich Funeral Home in Muscatine, IA. Interment will be 11am Monday, December 5, at the New Boston Cemetery, New Boston, IL.
Alfred Joseph Johnson was born on February 5, 1943, to Paul and Irene (Saunders) Johnson, in Las Angles, CA. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Muscatine, IA where Al went to school and grew up with his 12 siblings. He met his high school sweetheart, Roberta A. Bailey, in study hall and they were married on April 6, 1962. They couple moved to Illinois where Al went to college and started their family. Al worked in the home construction business. Eventually they moved back to Muscatine where Al developed a sub division called Rolling Acres. He preformed different occupations including excavating and building spec. homes. He then worked for Hon Manufacturing and the Corp. of Engineers in the tool and die manufacturing trade. In 1985, Al and Roberta moved to Hutchinson, MN to work as the Tool and Die Manager for Hutchinson Technology and then on to the plant in Sioux Falls in 1988. While in Sioux Falls, Al continued his education and received a management degree. He eventually became at instructor for National College to train Tool and Die apprentices because it was difficult to find local candidates for employment.
Al had many hobbies. He loved to hunt and fish and was forever going fishing up until the very end. Al loved a challenge and his was to fly. In 1986, Al got his private operators pilot license and bought his first of three planes. His idea of fun was a cold, clear day flying.
Al was a member of Prairie Hills Covenant Church and a Senior Member and Chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Alfred is survived by his wife, Roberta, his children; JoAnn (James) Vanderburg, Valley Springs, SD, and Paul Johnson, Jackson, KY, 9 grandchildren; Paul Vanderburg, Alicia Vanderburg, Joel Vanderburg, Renee Gadbois, Rebecka Reatherford, Andrea Buchanan, Bryan Buchanan, Jacob Springman, and Isaiah Johnson, 5 great-grandchildren; Tate, Hadley, Olivia, Trinley, and Owen, 3 brothers; Tom (Korlie) Johnson, Muscatine, IA, Don (Leslie) Johnson, Lake of the Ozarks, MO, and Dick Johnson, Muscatine, IA, and 3 sisters; Lois (Frank) Horn, Des Moines, IA, Jackie Brase, Muscatine, IA, and Jennifer Johnson, Muscatine, IA.
Alfred was preceded in death by one son; Stephen Johnson, one grand-daughter; Sara Johnson, his parents, and six brothers; Lyle Rethford, Paul Rethford, Ronald Houseman, Raymond Johnson, Marvin Johnson, and Robert Johnson.