James “Jim” Johnson

James “Jim” Johnson, age 63, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.

His services will be Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:30am from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Daniel Hart officiating. Burial will be in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be Sunday, February 12, 2012 from 2:00 6:00pm with the family present from 2:00 4:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

James “Jim” Donald Johnson, the son of Donald T. and Jacqueline (Abbott) Johnson was born August 14, 1948 in Sheldon, Iowa. He received his education in Sheldon graduating from Sheldon High School in 1967. While growing up in Sheldon he worked at Swansons Grocery which became Hy-Vee Grocery Store. On July 13, 1968, he was united in marriage to Francene Dalen in Estherville, Iowa He was inducted into the Army on January 28, 1969, which was during the Vietnam Conflict and received an honorable discharge on May 11, 1970. He furthered his education at NITC in Sheldon on the GI Bill and while in College he worked at Hy-Vee Grocery, Motor Supply and Ehlers. In 1974, he went to work for the Postal Service in Sheldon, where he was a mail carrier, sorted mail and for many years worked the window. He worked for a total of 35 years for the Postal Service until his retirement in 2009. When asked about his job Jim said, “Its not that hard when you love your job”. He passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD after a long battle with cancer reaching the age of 63 years, 5 months and 15 days.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon. He enjoyed his family, fishing, boating, being at the lake, riding motorcycles and walking.

Jim is survived by his wife, Francene of Sheldon; two children, a son; Aaron and his wife, Kristi Johnson and their children, Shelby, Hannah and Isaac; a daughter, April and her husband, Jerry Goebel and their children, Caitlyn and Claire Goebel all of Estherville, IA; his beloved dog, Dexter; two sisters, Sharon and her husband, Stan Menning of Dawson, MN and Pam and her husband, Darrel Stuner of Sheldon, WI; his mother-in-law, Margaret Dalen of Graettinger, IA; Francenes family, Irlan (Terry) Dalen of Estherville, IA; Larry Dalen of San Diego, CA; Jerry Dalen and Rodney Dalen of Estherville, IA; Marlene (Dan) Nitchals of Mason City, IA; Ivan (Denise) Dalen of Graettinger, IA and Brenda (Dennis) Moore of Wallingford, IA; also nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law, Irven Dalen and an aunt and uncle, Ralph and Tootie Fokken.

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