Robert C. Johnson

Robert C. Johnson

October 23, 1940 – December 26, 2022

Reverend Robert C. Johnson died on December 26th after enduring health problems. He was born on October 23, 1940, to Bob and Clara (Feeldy) Johnson in Pocahontas, IA. He grew up in Sioux City, Iowa.

He attended Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Then attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. In November of 1966, he married Mary Ann (Christianson) Johnson and was ordained on January 1, 1967.

His ministry took him to congregations in Montevideo and Winona, MN. He also served at congregations in Iowa City and Waterloo, IA. After retiring from St. Luke’s Lutheran in South Omaha, NE. He enjoyed substituting in various congregations in Nebraska and Western Iowa.

He was also a Campus pastor in Winona and Morris, MN. His interest in people and social issues was foundational from childhood, and his ministry reflected his desire to help people.

He had a variety of interests that included Deer Park Neighborhood Association, Sons of Norway, countless charities, as well as his love of birds and his yard.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert K. and Clara Johnson; and his mother and father-in-law, William and Ruth Christianson; brothers, Rev. David G. Johnson and Gordon Johnson; brother-in-law Rev. Lowell Berg and nephew, Andrew Hoelker.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, with who he had 56 wonderful years of marriage. She was his partner in life and in his ministry. He is also survived by his daughter Kirsten (Mark) Harrison; sons Jeremias (Sally) Johnson and John Duncan (Jenny) Johnson; grandchildren: Blaine Johnson, Jack (Lexi) Harrison, Sam Harrison, and Mya Johnson; sisters Sonja Berg, Kristie (Brian) Hoelker; brother Gary (Jeanne) Johnson; and sister-in-law Lynn Johnson.  He also has many nephews and nieces that he loved so much and great-nephews and nieces as well.

Visitation: Thursday, December 29th, from 5 – 7pm with a 7pm Prayer Service at West Center Chapel.

Funeral: Friday, December 30th, 11am at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church, 2650 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE, with visitation to begin at 10am, and a luncheon to follow the funeral service.

Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery, 6605 Morningside Avenue, Sioux City, IA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested are Kountze Memorial Food Pantry and Doctors without Borders.


  • Pam Johnson Posted December 27, 2022 8:18 pm

    I first met Pastor Bob when we were on the Lutheran Metro Ministries board together many years ago. I was impressed by his desire to help others and his terrific smile. I was very glad when he and MaryAnn joined Kountze. He was the third Bob Johnson at Kountze ( my husband was first) and Pastor Bob referred to himself as Bob Johnson #3. I preferred to call him Bob Bob Bob. I’m sure his health issues were a real struggle and now there are over. God bless you Bob Bob Bob. You will be missed.

  • Gerry &Marilu Kuhl Posted December 27, 2022 11:18 pm

    We are surprised at Pastor Johnson ‘s passing
    We fondly remember all of you at Christ the King, Iowa City. May the Christ grant him eternal rest and comfort you in your gr

  • Virginia McEnany Posted December 29, 2022 8:30 am

    I lost another dear cousin and I enjoyed Mary Ann and Bob when they were in Waterloo. Went many times to hear him preach as he was a great preacher and his messages were very meaningful. I was his babysitter when he lived in Pocahontas when his folks worked in the garden. Bob I can still hear your laugh and know you will be missed. Mary Ann and family sending prayers to all of you and thinking of you. Love, Cousin Virginia .

  • Leslie Watson Rogers Kane Posted January 6, 2023 3:50 pm

    Kristen and Mark, so sorry to hear about your father/father in law’s death. He must have been a wonderful man to have raised such a loving daughter. Holding you in my prayers. Much love, Leslie

  • Marjorie Watson Posted January 6, 2023 6:36 pm

    My deepest sympathy to you Kirsten, and to all of your family. You were all blessed to have such a special father and grandfather. Peace and Love, Margie Watson

  • Roy and Mary Nilsen Posted March 7, 2023 3:50 pm

    Our condolences to Mary Ann and the family. Bob and I both had ministries in Morris and Iowa City. Bob was a great friend and colleague. His focus on social ministries , community and world issues, was unrelenting, reminding us of the global aspect of the faith. His laugh was unforgettable. We had lots of fun together in ministry and as couples. May he rest n peace. Peace, love and joy!
    Roy Nilsen

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