Darlene Johnson

Darlene Johnson


In Loving Memory of a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend.

Darlene Elaine (Hellum) Johnson, 81, was born March 21, 1940 in Postville, Iowa, to Kenneth and Viola Hellum and died at her home in Elgin, surrounded by her family on December 28, 2021, after a short, but painful battle with lung cancer.  Darlene had a deep love for her family, the community of Elgin, and the Elgin Lutheran Church.  She had a tremendous faith in God that she was proud to share with family and friends. 

Darlene was baptized on May 12, 1940, at the Marion Lutheran Church, in Gunder. She graduated from Luana High School in 1958 and was united in marriage to Keith Merton Johnson on November 23, 1958, at the Postville Lutheran Church. To this union four children became a part of her life.  

Darlene is survived by daughters; Julie (Mike) Knox, of Waterloo; Janis Clarkson (fiancée Andrew Caraway), of Midland, Texas; Joy (Paul) Gross of Manilla; and son James (Brenda) Johnson, of Elgin; grandchildren; Chad Rasmussen, Corey  (Joan) Rasmussen, Jordan Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Taylor Gross, Peyton Gross and step grandchildren; Ashlee (Stacey) Roach and Jordan Einck, and great grandchildren, Cyrah Rasmussen, Keenan Rasmussen, Kiley Rasmussen and step-great grandchildren, Kayla and Trevor (Alex) Balm, two great-great grandchildren, Jonathan and Isaac Balm; sisters Dorothy (Curt) Gilson, of Elgin, Iowa and Jean Ann (Jack) Greenwood of San Angelo, TX and many nieces and nephews.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, husband Keith, one brother Curtis and her son-in-law Mike Clarkson.

Darlene had many jobs through the years; she enjoyed working at the Fayette County Home and the different care centers but the greatest years were working beside Keith, helping build their Johnson Trucking Business. 

She dedicated her life to helping others in any way she could. She was selfless, always putting others ahead of herself. If someone needed help, it was not uncommon that Darlene would just show up to help out.  She had a knack for making everyone she met feel special and adored.  Darlene loved her family and cherished attending the many special moments of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews. She started the local Red Hat Club, thoroughly enjoying going on many adventures with her friends. She enjoyed playing games, line dancing and volunteering in her community. She loved traveling with Keith in their motor home, meeting new people, studying the bible, visiting her children and attending the sporting events of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Just as her Grandmother Clara had done, she taught family and friends the art of making lefse, for which she is a legend.

Visitation was held at the Elgin Lutheran Church, Elgin from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at the Elgin Lutheran Church and services were held at 11:00 a.m. at the Elgin Lutheran Church on Monday, January 3, 2022, with a private burial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Darlene requested that donations be made to the Elgin Lutheran Church, a place she cherished.

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