Herb Johanns, Jr., 87, New Haven

Herb Johanns, Jr., age 87, of New Haven, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2020, at UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital in Waterloo.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in New Haven, Iowa, with Father Jerry Kopacek officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in New Haven. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage, with a Rosary at 4:30 p.m.

Herb was born August 28, 1932, on the family farm near New Haven, the son of Herbert, Sr. and Daisy (Fitzl) Johanns. He attended country school through the 8th Grade and then graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in New Haven, in 1950. Herb was united in marriage to Marilyn Helfter on November 17, 1956, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in New Haven. He spent most of his life operating a diversified farm and was also an owner of an agricultural input supply business. Herb retired from farming in 1996, but maintained a watchful eye over the farm operation. He was appreciative of his tenants and their inclusion of him in their operation. In his retirement, Herb enjoyed the company of his friends, while driving around Mitchell and Howard Counties, inspecting the crops and livestock operations. Herb enjoyed the outdoors, by golfing, hunting, fishing, trapping and was known to catch a turtle or two. He enjoyed attending his sons’ sporting events and was a fan of the underdog in sport and life. Herb was known to have packages of gum in his truck, that he handed out to the neighbor children as he drove down the country roads. He was a township trustee, life-long member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Order of Forester’s. Herb and Marilyn spent much of their retirement years traveling to see their children and grandchildren and attending their many events.

Herb is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marilyn Johanns of New Haven; three sons, Mark (Linda) Johanns of Dubuque, Bob (Beth) Johanns of Grundy Center, and Tom (Andrea) Johanns of Burlington; eight grandchildren, Christopher (Kristina) Johanns, Jacquelyn Johanns, Justin (Chanelle) Kisting, Brightin Kisting, Zoe Johanns, Piper Johanns, Emma Johanns, and Grace Johanns; three great-grandchildren; sister, Lucille Schweiger of Mt. Vernon, Missouri; two brothers, Jerome (Darlene) Johanns of Lake Stockton, Missouri, and James (Jane) Johanns of Osage.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Maurice Johanns; three sisters, Judy Johanns, Sally Fox, and Ruth Jahnel.

Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, Osage (641) 732-3706


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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