Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson


Jason L. Johnson, 42, of Elkhart, IA passed away on August 12th, 2020 following a courageous battle against brain cancer. 

  Jason was born in Decorah, IA on February 3, 1978 to Mike and Wanda (Ehler) Johnson. He spent much of his formative years 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 many years. Jason married Lindsay Russell on April 3, 2014. They enjoyed walks down country roads, gardening, and dueling with foam swords and nerf guns. Lindsay brought so much fun into Jason’s life. Their shop was well known to all the felines around for sanctuary. Jason became a great cat dad, often against his will. He was perfectly happy hanging out in his shop, but preferred lying on a beach in Mexico. As a birthday gift, the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl for him in 2020, a special thank you for all his years as a fan. Jason loved hunting and fishing and had trophies from his successes but also left a lot of lures scattered throughout the lakes of Minnesota. He was known for his sense of humor, his curious nature, and his mischievous grin. He’d probably 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.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Myron and Lindy Johnson and Bernie and Signe Ehler, his nephew Brendon Wiseman, as well as other extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Sept 12th at 3 p.m, visitation beginning at 1 p.m., at Memorial Services of Iowa at Ankeny Memorial Gardens in Ankeny, IA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to help start a foundation to support others in Iowa fighting glioblastoma.  

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