Marlin Ray "Swede" Johannsen

Jun 1, 2019
Johannsen, Marlin


Memorial Visitation from 4:00 - 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Kearns Funeral Service, Kimball Chapel where military honors will be held at 4:00 pm


Alzheimer's Association 


Marlin Ray “Swede” Johannsen, age 76, of Waterloo, died Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Parkview Manor in Reinbeck of Alzheimer’s Disease. 

He was born May 12, 1943 in Hartley, the son of Clarence and Elsie (Hibbing) Johannsen.

Marlin attended Gaza High School. He then served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War from October of 1961 until his honorable discharge in December of 1967. 

Marlin married Carla Carlson on November 1, 1992 at the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls.

He was a train engineer for the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad for 23 years until his retirement in 1996. 

Survived by his wife, Carla Johannsen of Waterloo; three daughters, RaeAnn Johannsen of Waverly, Jessica Johannsen of Waterloo, and Diana (Jess) Staver of Evansdale; a son, William Johannsen of Readlyn; four grandchildren, Jacob, Isabelle, Mychael, and Bryce; one great-granddaughter; three brothers, Rodney Johannsen, Loren (Elaine) Johannsen, and Bill (Bev) Johannsen all of Paullina; and a sister, Ladonna (Dan) Wittrock of Primghar. 

Preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Arlis Johannsen.
Marlin had been a member of the AMVETS. He enjoyed playing cards and being outdoors fishing, hunting and trap shooting. 

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  1. Dan Brodigan | Jun 05, 2019

    Worked with Swede many trips on the RR, 

    he was always pleasant to work with and a

    good engineer.

    My condolences to his entire family.

    Dan Brodigan

  2. Marie Bruns-LeClair | Jun 04, 2019
    hugs for all..his suffering is no longer. Hold tight to the beautiful memories..marie
  3. Jody Johannsen | Jun 04, 2019

    Carla, RaeAnn, Jess, Diana & William 

    Sorry we couldn't be there for you, but please know you are in our thoughts & prayers. Marlin is in a better place now. Support each other & keep on praying & you'll make it through the tough days ahead. 

    Love ya!!

    Rodney, Jody, Cindy, Mike, Shelby, Brytton & Colby

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