Jason Johnson

  • Born: February 3, 1978
  • Died: August 12, 2020
  • Location: Elkhart, Iowa

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Jason L. Johnson, 42, of Elkhart, IA passed away on August 12, 2020 following a courageous year long battle against the terminal brain cancer Glioblastoma Multiforme. A visitation will be held 1-3 p.m. September 12, 2020, at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd. Ankeny). A memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m. also at the funeral home.

Jason was born in Decorah, IA on February 3, 1978 to Mike and Wanda (Ehler) Johnson. He spent much of his childhood in Polk City, IA where he graduated from North Polk High School in 1996. He'd always had a knack for tearing apart and (mostly) fixing things as a kid so it made sense, he became a diesel mechanic. He was a highly esteemed part of the team at Vander Haag's in Des Moines for over 16 years.

Jason married Lindsay Russell of Ankeny, IA on April 3, 2014 in Mexico. They enjoyed walks down country roads, traveling, and almost everything outdoorsy. Lindsay brought so much fun, laughter, and love into Jason's life. They didn't have it all, but together, they had everything. He loved his sidekick pup, Max and rarely tolerated the many cats that would come to make his shop their new home.

Jason was perfectly happy hanging out in his shop but preferred lying on a beach in Mexico. He loved the Kansas City Chiefs, and believes they won the Super Bowl just for him in 2020. Jason also loved hunting and fishing. He mostly loved mowing his yard, and all the general horseplay that goes along with country living.

Jason was known for his sense of humor, his curious nature, and his mischievous grin. He'd most likely downplay it, but he is deeply missed by so many. Jason started off life with a large extended family but gained an even bigger one in the friends he surrounded himself with.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Lindsay Johnson; his parents, Mike and Wanda Johnson; his sisters, Krista (Russ) Wiseman and Caitlin (Nick) Wethington; his adored nieces, Courtney, Teagan, and Amrynn Wiseman; as well as other extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Myron and Lindy Johnson and Bernie and Signe Ehler, as well as nephew Brendon Wiseman, and many other extended family members.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations may be made to the family of Jason (Lindsay Johnson) at Grinnell State Bank; while a foundation for GBM is being created in his honor.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Mike, Wanda, Krista, & Caitlin - I am sorry to hear about Jason. I have fond memories of growing up in Ossian with Krista. May the happy memories get you thru the tough days ahead.

Posted by Michelle (Kipp) Dietzenbach - Festina, IA - Family Friend   August 31, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss. Jason was a sweet soul.

Posted by Inde & Haley Miller - PLEASANT HILL, IA - Acquaintance   August 31, 2020

I only met him once, but I was so impressed. He was real and I was so happy you had him in your life. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Kathy Steinmetz - Janesville, WI - family   August 29, 2020

Lindsay, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family.

Posted by Steve and Ginny Maxwell - Maxwell, IA - coworker   August 29, 2020

So sorry for your loss Lindsay, Mike and Wanda. May your days be brighter and your memories in be longer. Prayers from our family to yours.

Posted by Shelley LaPlant - Waterloo, IA - Family Friend   August 28, 2020

Rest in peace and prayers to everyone left behind

Posted by Jean Bride - Ankeny, IA - Coworker   August 28, 2020

Thinking of Linds and his family during this time. Prayers❤❤❤

Posted by Hope Wells - Sioux City, IA - friend   August 28, 2020

My husband Dan and Jason worked together for years at Vanderhaags. They worked in the same shop and were very good friends! Jason always had chezits on his desk that he would munch on and our 5 year old would always run in there and ask Jason if he could have some when we would come to pick Dan up at the end of the day. Jason always had that grin on his face when Beckett would come running in the shop and would ask him everyday what he would give Jason in return for some chezits. Beckett would always "pay" Jason in a "Beckett hug". Jason was always smiling and tattling on Dan to try and get him in trouble to me at the end of the day. Jason was a amazing human and a great friend to us. He will be greatly missed by all that ever knew him. Lindsay is the strongest woman i have ever had the privilege to meet! Just know that Jason is looking over you and all that he loved smiling, waiting and probably fixing something! Our prayers are with you and your family during this time!!

Posted by Jennie DeSart - des moines, IA - Coworker   August 26, 2020