James “Jim” Berdette Johnson, formally of Sioux City passed away March 7th at Happy Siesta Care Center in Remsen Iowa.
A Memorial Service will take place at 11;:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 2915 Glenn Ave, Sioux City, IA, with visitation one hour prior. Christy-Smith Funeral Homes, Morningside Chapel is handling arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed to the family at
Jim was born March 29, 1932, in Dickens, IA to William and Mable (Waltz) Johnson. He graduated from Spencer High School. Following high school, he joined the US Air Force where he fought in the Korean War as a tail gunner and crossed both oceans more than once.
He was united in marriage with JoAnn Mills on May 17th, 1952 in Ridgeland, SC.
Jim worked from a young age at his father’s roadside market. Following his military service he worked as a furniture salesman. He loved rummage sales, flea markets and going to the casinos. He had an infectious smile and a quick wit.
He was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he served in many capacities.
Survivors include sons, Greg (Linda) Johnson of Gainesville, FL, Denny (Lisa) Johnson of Lutz, FL; daughter, Debby (Fred) Beatty-Carlson of North Sioux City, SD; sister, Leota Jochims of West Des Moines, IA; 8 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; many nieces and nephew; and a special niece, Martha Ferguson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn; his parents; brothers, Bill, Ronnie, Jack, and Otto; sisters, Marilyn Wolfe, Joyce Ramsey, and Lillie Mathison; and son-in-law, Louie Beatty.