JOHNSON, John H. 1852-1902
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Date: 10/17/2016 at 16:45:28
Obituary of J. H. Johnson
John H. Johnson, the deceased, was born in Cayuga county, N.Y., January 26, 1852, died in Grundy Center, Iowa, April 29, 1902, aged 50 years, 3 months and 3 days.
When he was two years old his parents moved to Michigan and settled in Lapeer county. At the age of nine years his parents died, then he was taken to Calhoon, Michigan, and there he lived until he was twenty years old; at that age he came to Iowa and settled in Grundy Center. He may certainly be classed as one of the old settlers.
In 1876 he was united in marriage to Miss Della E. Jones of Grundy Center. To them have been born four children, Jennetta and Minnie, Clara and Thomas. In his last sickness these kind hands all ministered tenderly to his necessities; all that could be done by the skilled physicians, the family, and the kind and helpful friends and neighbors, was cheerfully done, but when the trouble was located and the nature of the disease ascertained, he with others saw that man was powerless to stay its ravages. His health was poor all of last summer, and he doubtless bore silently much severe pain, while he ceased not to labor on. Last fall or early winter he visited for three weeks with his only sister, living in Michigan. He said to his pastor, "I suppose this is the last time I shall ever see her." Last February he grew rapidly worse in body and he resigned himself entirely to the will of his Heavenly Father without a murmur.
Mr. Johnson was a member of the Methodist church, from the church militant he has gone to join the church triumphant, which is before the throne of God. He was received into the M.E. church during the pastorate of Rev. Shoemaker. The last few weeks of the deceased's life have been weeks of quiet but holy triumph. For him to die did not seem death, but translation. He wanted to see all his friends and bid them farewell, but as the end neared he wanted to nestle down in the group of his little family so dear to him. He was ready to go, though the messenger came in the midst of his matured and busy manhood.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 8 May 1902, pg 1
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