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Jeremiah Johnson, 84, of Moulton, Iowa passed away on March 13, 2018 at Ridgewood Specialty Care in Ottumwa. He was born March 4, 1934 in Schuyler County, Missouri to Orville Charles and Edith Lucille Hartley Johnson. He graduated from Moulton High School and a few years later married Gracie Jean Abbott on March 31, 1955 in Moulton. The couple had three children; Orville, James, and Neada. Gracie passed away on December 29, 2003.

Jeremiah worked for John Morrell in Ottumwa until the plant closed in 1973. He then worked for Rockwell in Fairfield for a few years before starting to work for Hormel in Ottumwa. He retired from Hormel in 1998.

Jeremiah loved baseball and being around the game. He was an assistant coach in Ottumwa for the Babe Ruth Cardinals in the mid-50s and coached a little league team in Ottumwa during the late 60s. He was also a big Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed going to see the teams play when he could. Jeremiah also played on the John Morrel fast pitch softball team for many years. Later in life, Jeremiah became an avid gardener and supplied many tomatoes to his family and the residents of Moulton. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Jeremiah had served as a board member of Crosslines in Moulton.

He is survived by two sons, Orville Lee (Christi) Johnson of Ottumwa, James Edward Johnson of Pella, Iowa; five grandchildren, Jacob Lee Johnson, Jarod Michael Johnson, Justin Tyler Johnson, Nicole Whitney Van Der Horst, Andrea Lynn Van Der Horst; brother, Larry Dean Johnson of Avondale, Louisiana; and a very special friend, Mary Philby of Moulton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Neada Kay Shull; brother, Terry Dean Johnson; and an infant sister.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Marty Schmidt officiating. Burial will be at the Sunset View Cemetery near Moulton. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to Hospice of Wapello and Davis Counties and the Moulton First Responders. Online condolences may be left at www.waglerfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 14, 2018
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