LaVerne Davis Johnson, 100, a cherished soul whose life journey began on July 10, 1923, in the heart of Iowa, near Bagley, completed his earthly chapter on April 18, 2024, at the New Homestead in Guthrie Center, in the same state his story started. LaVerne’s life was a testament to the values of hard work, community involvement and the joy of simple pleasures.

Born in the rural tapestry of Iowa, LaVerne quickly became an integral part of the community, working on his large hog farm in Guthrie County. His dedication to the land and its people was evident in every task he undertook. LaVerne’s commitment to service shone brightly through his 35-year managing the Guthrie County Fair campground, a role in which he ensured that each visitor’s experience was as welcoming and enjoyable as possible.

In addition to his work on the farm and at the fairground, LaVerne also contributed his time and talents to the local funeral home. His presence there brought comfort and solace to many families during their time of loss. LaVerne’s deep roots in the community were further celebrated as he proudly attended his high school alumni reunion, being the oldest attendee for three consecutive years.

LaVerne’s interests painted the picture of a man who fully embraced life’s joys. He found great happiness in camping with his beloved wife, Pearl Gladys, with whom he shared a profound and enduring love. Together, they celebrated his birthdays camping. The family continued the tradition after the passing of Pearl Gladys. This past year, the family joined LaVerne in celebrating a memorable centennial celebration. The love story between LaVerne and Pearl Gladys was one for the ages. They were inseparable from a moment he saw her on the street in Guthrie Center, sharing 70 years of unwavering companionship. LaVerne often said that one must marry their best friend, and he was fortunate to have found his in Pearl Gladys. When she passed away in 2015, a piece of him did as well, yet his love for her remained unshaken.

LaVerne’s big smile, sheepish giggle and animated spirit made him the most engaging and genuine man one could ever hope to meet. His selfless and loving nature was the cornerstone of his character, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who knew him. LaVerne’s memory will continue to inspire and guide us.

Survivors include sons, Merlin Johnson of Panora and Gailen Johnson of Bagley; seven grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Darwin Hall. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Bertha (Marchant) Johnson; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Patrick Bennett; grandson, Jason Bennett; brother and sister-in-law, John (Helen); sisters and brothers-in-law, Anna (Eddy) and Nadine (Joe); sisters-in-law, Juanita (Jerry) Heiland, June (Jim) Anderson, and Shirley Hall; and brother-in-law, James Norris.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 22, 2024, at the Twigg Funeral Home, Panora. Burial was in West Linn Cemetery, near Linden. Visitation was one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to a charity of your choice in LaVerne’s name.