1929-2012

Gilbert “Gib” Junior Johnson, 83, formerly of Lohrville, Churdan, Sac City and Carroll, died July 16, 2012, in Georgia.

Gib was born July 12, 1929 in Lohrville to Gilbert Lavonn (Vonnie) and Bernice (Bea) Louise (Salisbury) Johnson. He graduated from Lohrville High School in 1947. He attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake after graduation, interrupted by his service in the U,S. Army during the Korean War. He returned to BV after his military service and graduated in 1956.

He began his career as head boys basketball coach and history teacher in Ocheydan in 1957. In 1958 he moved to Churdan where he had a very successful four years. His 1960 and 1961 teams were undefeated until losing both years in the sub-state tournament to Calumet and Ames, a combined 41-2 over the two seasons.  He then took over the Sac City program and led the 1962 team to a 21-4 record and a fourth-place finish in the State Boys Basketball Tournament in Iowa City. Carroll High was his next stop, and he coached the Tigers in 1967-68, retiring from coaching following the 1968 season.

He then taught special education in the Carroll School system until 1971.  He was instrumental in helping set up the Special Olympics initiative in Iowa and received a special achievement award from Eunice Shriver.

In 1971 he joined General Electric as an employee specialist (HR) for the new plant in Carroll. In addition to his daily duties, he organized the men’s and women’s clubs/activities when the plant was at full strength. He retired from GE in 1988.

Gib was also known as the “voice” of Carroll High/Kuemper football as the PA announcer for almost 40 years.  He was also the longtime PA announcer for Kuemper basketball games.

He was an avid golfer, card player and sports fan. He especially enjoyed Buena Vista and Iowa Hawkeye sports, and was a “true blue” Yankees fan.  He was also very happy to move to Georgia to spend more time with his son and grandchildren.

He is survived by his son Greg (Kim); four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Gale of North Carolina and Jerry of Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Karel Bane of Jefferson.