Mark Johnson, 64 of Maurice, Iowa passed away on October 25, 2020 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 29, 2020 at Maurice Reformed Church in Maurice, Iowa. Burial will be at Liberty Perry Township Cemetery in rural Hinton, Iowa. Visitation with the family present will begin at 4:00 p.m., with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m., all on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at Rexwinkel Funeral Home in Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy may be expressed to the family through www.rexwinkelfh.com.
Mark Allan Johnson was born on September 9, 1956 in Mason City, Iowa to Allan and Carol (Read) Johnson. He attended and graduated from Cedar Rapids Prairie High School in 1975. He then attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg, Iowa. Mark began working at the Farmer’s Coop Elevator in Royal, Iowa. He was then self-employed fitting cattle and in April of 1988 he began working for Trans Ova Genetics in Sioux Center, Iowa. Mark was very dedicated to his job at Trans Ova and retired in March of 2020 after 32 years.
Mark was united in marriage to Pam Udell on June 9, 1984 in Hinton, Iowa. They lived in rural Hinton for four years before moving to Maurice, Iowa. Together they began MPJ Cattle Company where they raised and showed cattle. Mark was passionate about raising cattle and farming; he would often check on their land and cattle in rural Hinton. Their pasture is just next to the Liberty Perry Township Cemetery where he is being laid to rest so he can continue to keep watch. Mark was active in the Sioux County and Plymouth County Fairs. He was at one time a member of the Sioux County Fair board, a board member for the American Chianina Association, and the President of the Iowa Chianina Association. Mark loved showing and attending the Iowa State Fair. He went to the Iowa State Fair every single year and only missed twice at the ages of 2 & 3 years old. He loved working with the livestock and youth exhibitors at the fairs. Mark also loved to read, specifically about farming, agriculture, and history. Mark and Pam had two sons: Matt and Brad, and he loved attending all of their sporting events.
Mark is survived by his wife of 36 years, Pam; sons: Matt (Melissa) Johnson of Garretson, South Dakota, and Brad Johnson of Maurice; grandchildren: Harper Kay Johnson and Sawyer Mark Johnson; his father, Allan Johnson of Northwood, Iowa; siblings: Greg Johnson of Spencer, Iowa, Wendy (Todd) Henrichs of Lincoln, Nebraska, Kris (Dave) Keene of Hartley, Iowa, Paula (Joel) Buenger of Everly, Iowa, Scott (Lisa) Johnson of Ruthven, Iowa, and Laurie (Kurt) Kenny of Schaller, Iowa; siblings in law: Bret (Becky) Udell of Hinton, Jodi (Bill) Schindel of Hinton, and Lori (Barry) Kounkel of Sloan, Iowa; aunt, Gail Read of Northwood, Iowa; uncle, Neil (Judy) Johnson of Birchwood, Wisconsin; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Mark is preceded in death by his mother, Carol; paternal grandparents, Arthur and Mary Johnson; maternal grandparents, Weldon and Viola Read; parents in law, Don and Delores ‘Dee’ Udell; uncles Bill Read and infant Jimmy Read; aunt, Mary Alice Read.
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