Douglas W. Johnson

Douglas W. Johnson


Sioux City

Douglas Wayne Johnson, 91, of Sioux City, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at his home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Dr. Tom Murray officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the U.S. Navy Reserve and a rifle salute offered by the American Legion Monahan-Nelson Post 64 members. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m. and a Masonic service at 7 p.m., at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Online condolences may be given at

Douglas was born on March 9, 1926, in Sioux City, the son of David and Alice (Anderson) Johnson. He graduated from Central High School in 1944. Douglas served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Gilbert Island in the Pacific from 1944 to 1946.

In 1947, Douglas married Ruby L McNaughton, and after 64 years of marriage, she passed away in 2012. After his discharge from the Navy, Douglas went to work alongside his father at Johnson Automatic Music Co. (a coin operated amusement machine company) in Sioux City. He and Ruby worked there until they sold the company in 1990.

Douglas was a member of First Presbyterian Church, American Legion Monahan Post 64, Masonic Landmark Lodge, Sioux City Consistory, Abu Bekr Shrine, Order of the Jester and the Oriental Band. Douglas was a private pilot and flew children to Shriner's Children’s Hospitals around the country. He and Ruby loved to travel and visited many parts of the world and as well as our country. He was an amateur radio operator and enjoyed fishing, hunting, fixing anything and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his two sons, Dr. Paul Johnson and his wife, Patrice of Dakota Dunes, and Dr. David Johnson of Great Falls, Mont.; six grandchildren, Erika Peterson, Wendy Rykowski, Nikolina, Luke, Eric and Annika Johnson; two great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Jesimae Rykowski; and a brother, Bruce Johnson and his wife, June of Flagstaff, Ariz.

Douglas was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruby; and a sister, Betty Forney.

Pallbearers will be Eric Johnson, Luke Johnson, Clay McNaughton, Brian McNaughton, Craig McNaughton, and Jack Krage.

Memorials may be offered to First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or Shepherd's Garden Foundation c/o First Presbyterian Church.

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