Lois A. Johnson, 90, Everly


September 22, 2022

Services for Lois A. Johnson will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at the Hap Ketelsen Center in Everly. Pastor Mike Eeten will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Interment at a later date will be at Lone Tree Cemetery in rural Everly. Warner Funeral Home in Everly is assisting with the arrangements.

Lois Ann (Rauhauser) Johnson blew into this world in a flurry on Jan. 17 during the blizzard of 1932 at the home of her parents, Purl and Anna (Hauge) Rauhauser, at Ruthven. She left peacefully on Aug. 25, 2022, a beautiful sunny afternoon – God’s way of giving her a fitting goodbye. She’s likely now sitting at her place at the table playing Spoons or Pinochle surrounded by her husband, Jack; her children: Jim, Dan and Diane; her sisters and brothers: Vivian and Barbara, Mervin, Don, Bob and Johnnie; and her grandson, Justin Miller.

She grew up at Ruthven where she attended school until the 10th grade. That year she quit school and started working and taking care of her sick father, Purl. When she was just 16, she married Jack Johnson on March 7, 1948, a marriage that would last until Jack’s death in 2008. In the course of their marriage they welcomed eight children: James (1949), Terry (1951), Dan (1952) and Pam (1953), all while living in Spencer. They moved to Joliet, Ill. where they added Diane (1955), Mickey (1956) and stillborn daughter Faith (1958). They then moved to Ayrshire where they had Lynne (1959) and Donna (1961). In 1961 they moved to the great town of Everly, in a little blue house at the end of the road west of the gas station. It was in this house that they raised their children and where she still lived in 2022.

While living in Everly, Jack worked at the elevator and Lois raised the children (though she did put in some hours at the cafe). Feeling eight children just weren’t enough for their little house, they started fostering Russ Momsen in 1966 when he was 15. Once all of the children were in school (Go Cattlefeeders!) Lois began working at Aalfs Manufacturing, making blue jeans until she retired in 1994.

Lois lived for her family. After retiring she enjoyed gardening, canning, going to school events for her many grandchildren, crocheting, and going on trips to the casino where you’d find her at the slots. She spent her life surrounded by her children, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even great-great-grandchildren.

She is survived by Terry and Rhonda Johnson, Pam Miller, Mickey and Sandy Johnson, Lynne Mills and Don Mobley, Donna Shuck, Dee Johnson, and Russ and Sabrina Momsen. She also leaves behind her sister, Rose (Ken) Harrison, of Costa Mesa, Calif.; and brother, Bill (Carol) Rauhauser, of Flower Mound, Texas. Though not listed by name, the love she had for and from her 24 grandkids, and numerous great/great-grandkids cannot be overstated.


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