A memorial service for 88 year old Pastor Victor “Vic” Johnson of Wall Lake will be held at 11am Saturday at the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carroll with graveside service at 9am at the Wall Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7pm Friday at the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church of Carroll with a prayer service at 7pm. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt is in charge of the funeral arrangements.
Pastor Victor “Vic” Nathaniel Nagunwa Johnson, the son of Rev. V. Eugene and Edythe J. (Strom) Johnson, was born on July 20, 1931, in Iambi, Tanzania, Africa. His parents were missionaries and he grew up in Africa until the age of 15. The family then returned to Minneapolis, MN and Vic attended Minnehaha Academy graduating with the class of 1948. After high school Vic attended Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS, receiving his BA in 1953. He went on to continue his education at the Augustana Seminary in Rock Island, IL and received his Master of Divinity in 1957.
On February 24, 1956, Vic was united in marriage to Lois E. Johnson in Chicago, IL. The couple moved to Shell Lake, WI and welcomed the birth of their first child, daughter Janet. In 1961 the family moved to the Kansas City, MO, area where Vic served as the pastor of two different parishes. While living in Missouri their second child, son Steven, was born. Vic’s pastoral duties then took the family to Texas before eventually moving to Iowa in 1979. Vic most recently served as the pastor of the Faith Lutheran Church in Odebolt and Bethel Lutheran Church in Kiron until 2001 when he and Lois retired to Wall Lake.
Vic was a member of the Wall Lake Lion’s Club and a former city councilman. He was an avid golfer and a part of friends of Bill W. Fondly referred to as “Bopey” by his grandchildren, Vic was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. His family meant the world to him. Vic will be remembered for his compassion, gratitude, faith, love of God and all of God’s people.
Left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 64 years Lois Johnson of Wall Lake, IA; daughter Janet (Dr. David) Blackburn of Boerne, TX; son Dr. Steven (Chrissy) Johnson of Palatine, IL; 9 grandchildren: Megan (Zach) Lawson, Sarah (Nelson) Allen, Brad Blackburn, Matt Blackburn, Dan Johnson, Alex Johnson, Sean Wasserman, Tyler Wasserman and James Victor Johnson; 3 great-grandchildren: Oliver Lawson, Soren Lawson and Mac Allen; and brother David (Diane) Johnson of Des Moines, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents Rev. V. Eugene and Edythe Johnson; sister Doris Johnson; and brother Daniel Johnson.