Lory Nels Johnson

  • Born: August 17, 1938
  • Died: September 9, 2020
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

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4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023

Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Lory Nels Johnson, 82, of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2020, at Unity Point Hospital in Des Moines.

Due to the COIVD-19 pandemic, a virtual service will be held for Lory at Ankeny First United Methodist Church in Ankeny, Iowa (206 SW Walnut St.) Following CDC guidelines. Pastor Mike James will be officiating the funeral service at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 12, 2020. There is no formal visitation. A committal service will immediately follow at Ankeny Memorial Gardens (4208 N Ankeny Blvd.). The live stream may be viewed by using this link: https://boxcast.tv/view/lori-johnson-memorial-gganbr2xviwh9hf7ch1l

Lory was born on August 17, 1938, in Sloan, Iowa. He was the second oldest of five children born to Frank and Mary Johnson. Lory was united in marriage to Mary L. Taylor, of Storm Lake, on April 18, 1965. They initially met in college and are both proud alumni of Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

Lory liked to garden and to share the results of his planting with others. He was also known as the best candy maker for many fundraising events at his church. He served on numerous church boards and committees. Lory regularly helped at rummage sales, funerals, Bidwell Riverside, New Horizons, and other philanthropic groups. He was active in the Ankeny Lions Club, Ankeny First United Methodist Church, and was a long-time member of the Ankeny Public Library Board of Directors. Additionally, Lory was a state swimming official, ran the swimming venue at the Iowa Games, coordinated the Iowa State Fair Spelling Bee for over 25 years and volunteered in many groups in which his sons were involved.

Lory was a graduate of Morningside College. He earned an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He taught in the Milwaukee Public Schools before accepting the position of Language Arts Consultant for Iowa Department of Education. After retiring, he enjoyed teaching Composition and other courses for Des Moines Area Community College and Simpson College. He loved working with young adults and helping them excel to achieve their full potential and dreams.
Lory loved to be involved and interact with all people.

He is survived by his wife; Mary of 55 years, sons; Daniel (Amy), Michael (Kim), grandson; Mickey and Cody, and a bonus granddaughter, Kayla, brother; Tom (Oregon) and sister-in-law (Linda). Also surviving are a multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives, including sisters-in-law, Donna Miller and Shirley Laird, and many beloved friends.

He is preceded in death by three siblings: Fred, Herman and Linda, his parents, aunts, uncles, friends, and his mother-in-law, Wilma.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Mary in Lory's honor. The donations will be distributed to the charitable organizations Lory gave his time to advancing.

To view the photo slideshow for Lory please visit: https://youtu.be/0JsuWYJ-6II

The live stream may be viewed by using this link: https://boxcast.tv/view/lori-johnson-memorial-gganbr2xviwh9hf7ch1l


Condolence & Memory Journal

Thinking of you as you continue to celebrate Lory┬┤s life. So many memories, so many adjustments, so many days and moments of missing him. Please know that we send prayers of comfort and strength for you. Terry and Carolyn

Posted by Terry and Carolyn Smith    September 05, 2021

As a small child visiting the Johnson farm, he was always kind to me.

Posted by GREG JOHNSON    September 03, 2021

Lori was my patient over the years at The Iowa Clinic, and I always enjoyed getting to work with him, as well as seeing him at the annual Lions Club pancake breakfast. I will miss seeing his big smile when he stops by the front desk to say hi, even when he's not coming to physical therapy. My condolences to his family.

Posted by Mallory Swenson - Ankeny, IA   September 15, 2020

We miss you Lori. God be with you till we meet again.

Posted by Ahmed Agyeman - Ankeny, IA - Family Friend   September 12, 2020

Lory always had a smile and a cheerful greeting. It was easy to enjoy his friendship. The good memories we shared will
be fondly remembered. Our love is with Mary and Family!

Posted by Doug and Karen Altman - Friend   September 12, 2020

We are with you in spirit today. Although we can’t be at Lory’s service in person, we are watching online. He was a good, kind man and will be missed my so many. We are sending our love to you all.

Posted by Robin Spahr - Friend   September 12, 2020

I will be able to hear Lory's laugh for a long time.
We shared a cubicle wall at the DE and we found humor in many things.
Lory was always an advocate for language and literacy and helped many along the way.
Peace to you all.
Susan Andersen

Posted by Susan Andersen - Des Moines, IA - Coworker   September 12, 2020

Mary, thinking of you and your family in this time of sorrow. God bless you.

Posted by Sherrie Swim - Neighbor   September 12, 2020

Mr. Johnson was the greatest Teacher ever. Whenever he came to Bidwell he would always stop by and say hello to my sister and I. We really appreciated having him as our teacher. He will be truly missed.

Posted by Sondrea & Mia - Student   September 12, 2020

Mr. Johnson was the best Teacher ever. When he visited Bidwell he made sure he would say hello to my sister and I. He will be truly missed. He was a wonderful, caring, gentleman...

Posted by Mia & Sondrea - Student   September 12, 2020

Mr. Johnson was the greatest Teacher ever, my sister and I really appreciated him. When he came to Bidwell he would come personally and say hello to us,that meant alot to us. He will be truly missed.

Posted by Mia &Sondrea - Student   September 12, 2020

He was a kind man. I did not know him well and had not seen him since Uncle Ike's 90th birthday party, but I remember how nice he was to me when I would visit the farm as a small child. God bless his memory and his family.

Posted by GREG JOHNSON - Family   September 12, 2020

Sorry to hear this sad news. Always enjoyed visiting with Lory when I worked with him at the Iowa Dept of Education. Our prayers to the family members.

Posted by MARVIN HRUBES - Coworker   September 11, 2020

Prayers for you and the boys and their families. So sorry to hear about Lorys passing

Posted by sharon miles - ankeny, IA - Neighbor   September 11, 2020

Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers as you say “Good-bye” to Lory. He has led a very productive live, positively influencing so many people. We had some “fun” times when we were in Ankeny and so appreciated your friendship. May God bless you all.

Posted by Carolyn and Terry Smith - Friend   September 11, 2020

I am so sorry, Mary. You have suffered great losses recently and I wish I could be there to give you a hug. Please know that I am thinking of you and all the family.

Sending love and blessings,

Posted by Colleen McKenna Johnston - Ankeny, IA   September 11, 2020

May the peace of the Lord be with you and your family.

Posted by Ray Cervetti - Johnston, IA - friend   September 11, 2020

Lory was always positive when I talked to him. I missed seeing him at church these last few months. He had a way of brightening your day when you talked to him. He was always asking how you and/or your family were doing without wanting to talk about himself and his own health concerns. What a gem of a man!

Posted by Tony Rhoads - Friend   September 11, 2020

Lory, you were always an important part of our family! Thank you for putting up with us for so long. You will be missed more than you could ever know. I was proud to be your sister-in-law!! I am glad you are pain free and at peace.

Posted by Shirley Laird - Kansas City, MO   September 11, 2020

I have so many wonderful memories of both Mary and Lory throughout the years. It would be hard to find a more compassionate couple, that's for sure. I had the good fortune to be able to travel with Lory with the The New Standards Project when I was teaching; that was such a great professional experience. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mary and the family. Lory will be greatly missed by all who knew him. May God bless you all!

Posted by Diane Silver - Urbandale, IA - Friend   September 11, 2020

Barb and i were saddened to learn of Lory's death and wish to convey our sympathy and well wishes to Mary and the family.

Posted by Lou Piatt - Acquaintance   September 11, 2020

Lory was a joy to work with on the Library Board. His wisdom, insight and passion for literacy and education were examples to all of us. I will always remember fondly Lory's kindness to me when I joined the Board, and his support and dedication as the library organization experienced huge changes over the last several years. His leadership and friendship will be missed. Thinking of you, Mary, and family.

Posted by Cami Brazelton - Ankeny, IA - Friend   September 11, 2020

We send our thoughts and prayers to Mary and family. We feel special to call Lory our friend. He gave so much to all and did it gladly. We will miss him and his spunky and fun demeanor. It was a gift to know him.

Posted by Jim and Judi Logan - Ankeny, IA - Friend   September 10, 2020

I am going to miss him very much, I enjoyed talking to him about hes garden and he was always proud of hes flowers and vegetables, I was so glad I gave him a very big hug a few days ago, I still have he's funny voicemails to me, just explaining what was next to do on his list , or to figure out how to do it. I thank God for the opportunity to me him, and for sure he knows I will take care and look after Mary for him.
Love you and miss you always.

Posted by Milagros Quijada-Stevens - Ankeny, IA - Friend   September 10, 2020