September 7, 1927 ~ July 29, 2020
Robert Johann, 92 of Elma, Iowa passed away from natural causes on July 29, 2020 while in care with Colonial Manor and St. Croix Hospice, Elma Iowa. Private graveside services will be held at the Union Cemetery in Alta Vista, IA on August 10, 2020. The family requests no flowers but donations may be made to Colonial Manor in Elma, Iowa or St. Croix Hospice. Robert “Bob” Johann, son of the late Peter and Malinda (Joachim) Johann, Alta Vista, Iowa was born September 7, 1927 on a farm outside of Alta Vista Iowa. Bob attended Alta Vista public schools and graduated high school in 1945. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Alta Vista, Iowa and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After high school Bob left for the U.S. Navy on September 4, 1945 and served until August 18, 1948 with an honorable discharge. After his service, he enrolled using the G.I. Bill with Upper Iowa University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1951. He continued his education at The University of Iowa, graduating with a Masters of Arts, in 1959. Bob received his license from the State of Iowa Board of Public Instruction and was a teacher, administrator, baseball and basketball coach and retired substitute teacher. His teaching career began in Mitchell, Iowa. He also taught Junior and Senior High Schools in Elma, Alburnett and Sigourney. He was the Department Chair of the Business Department for Taft Junior High when he retired from full-time teaching in 1983. His teaching career spanned 32 years. He served as commander of the V.F.W. # 4069, named after his late brother Paul Johann, who was killed on the attack on Pearl Harbor on the U.S.S. Arizona. He is a life-long member of the National Association of Atomic Veterans for serving in the Navy on a mission “Operation Crossroads, Bikini Atoll” in the Marshall Islands, the World War II Memorial Society, and was named 2016 Iowa Veteran Supporter of the Year. He was a life member of the University of Iowa, Circle of Gold and fraternity Phi Delta Kappa. We are very proud of our Dad’s many accomplishments and his support and his love for all of his children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. After he retired from the Cedar Rapids school district Dad and Mom retired to an acreage south of Alta Vista, Iowa. They loved having us kids and their grandkids, Jason and Kristin, visit the acreage. Dad always an avid traveler, along with Isabel went to see their kids, traveling all over the United States, and Canada, Europe, Germany and Hawaii together. They loved going to all the U of I football games and for many years as season ticket holders did not miss one game. They were “snow-birds” and lived the Iowa winters in Florida and later Texas. After Isabel passed, Dad traveled to (more than) several countries and continued to have a huge appetite for travel. Dad and Mom also loved to golf and were members of the Elma Country Club. After Isabel’s passing in 1997, he continued to travel on big and small trips, including the winters in Texas with his companion, Dee Felder. Survivors include his sister, Norma (Johann) Groth, Elma, Iowa, sister-in-law, Lucille Johann, Alta Vista, Iowa. Children: Shirley (Johann) and Paul Jacobs, North Liberty, Iowa; Alan Johann, St. Charles, Missouri; Karen (Johann) and Scott Maupin, Olathe, Kansas. Grandchildren: Kristin (Jacobs) and Adam Ferrell, Savage, Minnesota; Jason (Johann) Phelps and Stacie (Jermenc) Phelps, Juliana Maupin, Olathe, Kansas. He is also survived by nine great grandchildren: Emma and Dylan Ferrell, Makenzie, Jackson, Kennadi, and Katherine Phelps, Carson, MaKenna and Maelie Jermenc, a host of nieces and nephews and friends all over the country. Bob loved his family and easily made friends where ever he traveled. Bob is proceeded in death by his loving wife and mother to his children, Isabel (Bueckman) Johann. Bob and Isabel married at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church on August 30, 1950. He is also proceeded in death by his brothers Norbert Johann and Paul Johann, sisters-in-law Mabel Reis and Vera Bueckman; brothers-in-law Sam Reis, Clarence Bueckman and Eldon Groth. He had a special friend and travel companion, Dee Felder of Alta Vista, Iowa for many years.