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Arlyn A. Johnson

February 24, 1940 — August 31, 2023


Aryln A. Johnson, 83, of Orion, passed away Thursday August 31, 2023, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday September 6, 2023, at the Orion United Methodist Church, 407 12th Avenue, Orion.  Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., Orion. Burial will be at Western Township Cemetery.  Memorials may be given to the family for a fund to be established.

Arlyn was born February 24, 1940, in Geneseo, the son of Roy and Ruby (Rahn) Johnson. Arlyn served in the Army National Guard. He married Mary Beck on March 23, 1963, at the Orion United Methodist Church. Arlyn grew up working on the farm. He worked as a draftsman at MAC in Moline and later at Caterpillar. After his retirement he worked for Coop where he enjoyed getting back out on the farm. He was a member of the Orion United Methodist Church. Arlyn enjoyed fishing, traveling, and working in his yard and garden. He was a kind, patient, and caring man. He never hesitated to lend a hand to family and friends and most days you could find him tinkering or fixing something around the house.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; son, Brent (Brenda) Johnson, Orion; daughters, Angie (Ed) Beard, Orion, Darci (Shawn) Watson, Orion; grandchildren, Nathan (Grace) Johnson, North Carolina, Sarah (Aaron) Sessions, North Carolina, Dylan Watson, Texas, Abby Watson, Orion; great grandchildren, Michael, Emma, and Olivia; sister, Sharon Heinze, Milan; brother, Kevin (Annette) Johnson, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents; twin granddaughters, Brooke and Britney; brothers-in-law, Robert Keleher and Ken Heinze; niece, Kelly Strand; great nephew, Tony Fuller.

Arlyn was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will be dearly missed.

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Service Schedule

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., Orion

1301 4th Street, Orion, IL 61273

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am

Orion United Methodist Church

407 12th Avenue, Orion, IL 61273

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