Pastor Tony Lee Johnson

Pastor Tony Lee Johnson

Pastor Tony Lee Johnson, age 63, of Dubuque, passed away at 1:20 p.m., on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To celebrate Tony’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, January 6, 2022, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, January 7, 2022 , at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel, 2843 JFK Road, with Evangelist Robert Harbin officiating. A live stream of the service may be accessed at Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Tony was born on August 20, 1958, in Dubuque, son of Arthur and Mary (Klinkenberg) Johnson.

Tony attended school at Fulton Grade School, Jefferson Middle School and graduated from Hempstead High School, Class of 1976. He enjoyed boxing, and in high school he was a Golden Gloves Boxer at the YMCA. After graduation, he went to welding school. Tony was a hard worker who devoted his career to A.Y. McDonald in the foundry for 38 years, until his well earned retirement in 2016. He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Laura Johns on September 9, 1978, at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Dubuque. Tony devoted his life to Christ on April 30, 1980, and a year later surrendered to preach. He served as an Assistant Pastor at Grace Baptist Church for 32 years, and after much prayer and fasting, God confirmed his call to start a new work when he received his grandfather’s Bible in the mail. In 2017 he was ordained, and in 2018, he started Crossroads Baptist Church of Dubuque. Preaching and sharing the Gospel was his true passion in life. He wanted everyone to know how God had changed his life, and how they could come to know this same God. Tony truly wore his faith on his shoulder. In his free time he also liked to spend time out in the woods deer hunting and mushroom hunting. He was a talented woodworker who built 4 offices for other Pastors and created several beautiful furniture pieces in his wood shop. Tony’s favorite time of the day was definitely morning when he would read his bible and pray for guidance and the salvation of souls. He would often play his guitar and harmonica Sunday mornings before church. He was also known to spend time tinkering on his classic cars, especially restoring his 1967 Mustang and his son’s 1951 International Pickup Truck. Tony’s family was his pride and joy and he was a very dedicated husband, dad, grandpa and Pastor. We are truly heartbroken at losing such a wonderful man and role model in our daily lives. Tony will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish Tony’s memory include

his wife,
Laura Johnson, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Angela (Peter) Román, Springfield, MO,
Adam (Josie) Johnson, Dyersville, IA
and Anthony Johnson, Dubuque, IA;

3 grandchildren,
Brooke, Aidan and Jace with one more on the way;

his sister,
Cindy Thomas, Dubuque, IA;

and his in-laws,
Mary (Paul) Swartzel,
Cheryl (Jeff) Chiott
and Toni (Bob) Backes, all of Dubuque.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Stuart Johnson; and a brother-in-law, Jefferson Thomas.

Tony’s family would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses and staff of UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for all of the outstanding care they provided for Tony. Also a heartfelt thank you to all of the Prayer Warriors around the world that have been faithfully praying for Tony these past weeks and Pastor Ed Mast for his support.

In lieu of flowers, the family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and memorials in Tony’s memory which may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Tony Johnson Family.



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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
January 6th, 2022 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Funeral service

Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel
2843 JFK Road, Dubuque, Iowa
January 7th, 2022 at 10:00 AM

8 condolences for Pastor Tony Lee Johnson
  1. Catherine Hyde says:

    I am sorry for your loss.You and your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Richard Zahina says:

    Condolences to Laura and family on the passing of ” The old Tone”. Lots of memories and laughs from days gone by, may he rest now in the arms of his Lord and savior Jesus Christ forever. R.I.P. Tony!

    Richard and Kathy Zahina

  3. William White says:

    So sorry for your great loss Laura and family. The blessed assurance of Tony being in the presence of his Lord and best friend will help you in the difficult days ahead without your precious husband by your side.let us know if there is anything we can help you with.
    Bill and Sherry White.

  4. Lindsay Zahina says:

    Laura and family: I’m so very sorry for the loss of Tony. I always admired and looked up to him and your whole family. My heart goes out to you all. I love you, and you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Lisa Wall says:

    Laura you are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry to hear about Tony

  6. Rick LaPage says:

    Sorry to see that Tony has passed away. I knew him when he was a kid; he hung around with my brother Randy. I do remember when he found Christ. I saw him at the Dairy Queen on Rhomberg Ave in 1980 about two weeks after I had seen him at Eagle Point Park before he found Christ, and he was very different then. I was glad to see that he had changed. He was a good guy and a tough one too; a good fighter. Even as a kid he was a good worker, building forts on the bluffs behind his home on Central Ave with my brother Randy. My brother and I used to go to the Boys Club with him and his brother Stuart. He will be missed.

  7. William Van Leer says:

    Aunt Laura, Angela, Adam, and Anthony our sincerest condolences on the loss of Uncle Tony.

    I can still hear him singing the many songs he loved especially the song that positively affected so many of us teens at church teen camp, “My name is Bardamaus” .

    Tony had a great sense of humor and could make magnificent ice and wood sculptures. At the family gatherings he helped to improve the environment and calm discussions.

    May his dedication to God be an example for us all.

    To Aunt Laura we send much love and heartfelt prayer in your hour of need. God loves you very much and so do we.

    Van Leer Family

  8. CAROLYN REED says:

    Laura, I am so sorry for loss of your beloved Tony. I admired the both of you with your strong faith that was an testimonial to me. My heart goes out to you and all the family at this very difficult time. Have blessed assurance of Tony is now in the presence of God. Sending so much love and prayers to you and all the family and friends that have been affected by this loss…May our loving God be with you all.

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