Chad Johnson

Monday, August 7, 2023 5:10 pm

Chad O. Johnson, 55, of Davenport, formerly of Waukon and Decorah, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, at Genesis Medical Center East in Davenport.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Waukon, with Pastor Duane Smith officiating. Friends may greet the family from 9:30 AM until time of services at the church on Saturday. Martin – Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements.

Chad Obert Johnson was born Dec. 19, 1967, in Waukon, Iowa, the son of Obert and Jane (Schlitter) Johnson. Because of a very difficult birth, after age 3, Chad was diagnosed by a group of doctors that he had suffered trauma and a brain injury from the delivery. Chad lived with his parents, attended special school classes, and graduated from Decorah High School. At 19, he began living away from home in various group homes in Iowa including Decorah, Waukon, and Guttenberg. Chad moved to Handicapped Development Center in Davenport around ten years ago.

He enjoyed mowing the lawn in Waukon and Decorah, weekend visits with family, and staying in motels. Chad also enjoyed going to all sports activities and watching his brother Chris. He loved spending time with Casey and Chris’s friends and was loved by all of them. While living at home in Waukon, he enjoyed riding his bike to visit with the Sweeney boys at Village Farm and Home, Pladsen’s Inc. to visit with the employees, and Fahey Feed Store to visit with Kenny and Keith.

Survivors include his parents Obert and Jane Johnson of Waukon; his brothers: Chris Johnson of Princeton, and Casey Johnson of Decorah; two nephews: Zach and Jace Johnson; aunt Dorothy (Richard) Schlitter; and uncle Danny (Sue) Schlitter. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Emmett and Frances Johnson and Willis and Hazel Schlitter; an aunt Judy Johnson Metcalf; and an uncle Richard Schlitter.

Honorary urnbearers are Chuck Bloxham, Steve Iverson, and the Sweeney boys from Village Farm and Home.

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