Oscar Johnson, Jr.

July 20, 1946 — November 24, 2018

Oscar Johnson, Jr.

Oscar Eugene Johnson Jr. was born on July 20, 1946 to Oscar and Erna Mae (Greene) Johnson Sr. in Iowa City, IA.  He was educated in the Des Moines School District and graduated from North High School.  In 1973 Oscar enlisted in the United States Army. During his service he earned an award for his marksman skills as well as a National Defense Service Medal. In 1974 Oscar was honorably discharged at the rank of Private First Class. 

Upon returning from the service Oscar worked various jobs but choose the construction field as his main career.  As a teen, Oscar took up boxing and competed in several Golden Gloves Tournaments.  The sport continued to be a passion of his throughout his life.  Oscar was also a superb domino  player, playing whenever fresh competition was available.  He also  enjoyed the solitude of fishing the area rivers, lakes and ponds.  From time to time you could hear Oscar singing his favorite songs but not always on key. His smile and joking ways will be sorely missed.

On November 24, 2018, Oscar transitioned from time into eternity.  He was welcomed on the other-side by his parents;  sisters, Katherine Burrage, Alta Mae Johnson, Helen Johnson and Eunice Ridley and brother, Ernest Johnson and longtime brother/friend, Timmy Greene.

Left to cherish Oscar’s memory are his children, Oscar Johnson III, Valerie Jenkins, Timothy (Bernadine) Jenkins and Dereon “Bubba Johnson”; stepchildren, Vancetta Freeman, William "Duno" Freeman and Trivell Hill; 13 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren; sisters, Lorraine Johnson, Vera Johnson and  Alfreda Buckner; stepbrother, Earl Fleetwood; and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. 


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Past Services

Graveside Service

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Starts at 7:00pm

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses

1418 E Washington Ave, Des Moines, IA 50316

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Graveside Service

Friday, December 7, 2018

Starts at 12:30pm

Henderson's Highland Park Funeral Home

3500 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313

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