Dennis C. Johnson

Dec 15, 2018
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Memorial Services will be December 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM at First Baptist Church of Waterloo


4:00 to 7:00 pm, December 28, 2018 at Locke Funeral Home


inurnment in Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to ANGELS PARK, in care of Security State Bank, 3600 Lafayette Road, Evansdale, Iowa 50707


Dennis Craig Johnson, 71, of Cedar Falls, formerly of Waterloo, died at Bickford Cottages, Cedar Falls, on Saturday, December 15, 2018.


He was born May 11, 1947, in Waterloo, son of Herbert Nelson and Marie Fox Johnson and graduated from West Waterloo High School in 1965. He served 6 years with the Iowa Army National Guard Reserves.


He began his career at the age of 12 in the family business, Dixie Cream Donut Shop, later known as Johnson’s Bakery. Dennis retired in 2013 as a Master Baker having won many awards through the Iowa Bakers Association.


He was a member of First Baptist Church, Waterloo.


Dennis is survived by his daughter, Teesha (Ricki) Peters, Waterloo; son, Dennis C. II (Amy) Johnson, Minneapolis, MN; his “like-a-son” nephew, Drew Collins, Evansdale; 4 grandchildren: Kat, Noah, Chase and Madi; 2 sisters, Phyllis (Al) Harreld, Yucaipa, CA and Sharon (Mike) King, Elk Run Heights; an aunt, Joyce Rogers, Winchester, KY; 3 nephews, Marty (Diana) Collins, Tripoli, Michael (Julie) Harreld, Germantown, TN, John (Judith) Harreld, Guerneville, CA; 2 nieces, Kelly Sue (Danny) Davis, Belleville, MI and Christine Collins, Lake Orion, MI; and his black lab, Zeke.


He is preceded in death by his parents and a great niece, Elizabeth June Marie Collins.


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  1. Madeline Peters | May 17, 2019
    Miss you everyday Grandpa❤️
  2. Joe & Joan Meany | Dec 31, 2018

    Dear Sharon & the Family of Master Baker Denny Johnson,

    We send our heartfelt condolences to each of you at this time. May your faith in our Lord, prayer & powerful passages from the Bible enfold you with understanding; your family uphold & protect you in their loving arms; your friends and acquaintances support you with warm thoughts & deeds and fond memories flood your heart & minds with much comfort in the days ahead.

    Our family were long time customers of the bakery. I’d always forget to call my order in until the middle of the night. I still know the phone number! Denny always answered & took my special requests & late order graciously. He was excellent at his craft, enjoyed his work, was proud of his product, but had never eaten a doughnut! Everything was the best from Johnson’s and we hated when it closed. I do pray that your beloved nephew, brother, father, uncle & grandpa enjoyed his well earned retirement until health troubles changed the plans.


  3. Julie Diehl | Dec 23, 2018
    I got to know Denny when hired my Marie, 1970. Denny was always patient, along with jokes and laughter during my nights working there.  I learned alot working there during my 4+ years. I still remember, a customer was giving me a hard time, I was in tears, 16 at the time, Denny came out to the front, sent me to the back, and took care of the problem.  Many fond memories.  The family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
  4. Maynard Hatch | Dec 23, 2018
    Enjoyed his friendship and servings of icing from a spoon following the example set by his Dad.  Prayers for friends and family.
  5. Kevan Cortright | Dec 23, 2018

    To the Johnson family,

    Many years ago I sold Dixie Crream donuts

    door to door and got to know the Johnson family

    and have admired them ever since.

    I’m sorry you must endure the loss of Dennis 

    and send you my heartfelt sympathy and prayers

    for support. God bless and give you strength.

    Sincerely, Kevan Cortright

  6. Robin Rausch | Dec 23, 2018
    My heart is sadden by the loss of such a good man. Some of my best memories are of those nights working with Denny in the late 80's at Johnson's Bakery, learning how to make and bake product while listening to Dr. Demento on the radio and talking. The Johnson family was such an integral part of my life and they are in my thoughts and prayers.
  7. Debbi Shoopman | Dec 22, 2018
    Many fond memories of Dennis at the bakery.  He gave a middle of the night tour to my daughters Girl Scout troop that had them enthralled.  He was always a kind man in my many dealings with him at the bakery. 

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