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No visitation planned


Saturday, March 9, 2013
10:00 am
Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines


Inurnment at a later date
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
Van Meter


Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50315
(515) 285-3911

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Jeremiah Johnson

Jeremiah Eldon Johnson, an army veteran of three deployments, passed from this earthly life due to an auto accident February 15, 2013, and in to the arms of his Lord and Savior.

Jeremiah attended North High School and graduated in Kentucky. Jeremiah proudly served his country in the United States Army in three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Following the tours he received an honorable discharge. The love of his life came with the birth of his son, J.J., and this blessing changed his life forever. Jeremiah had a heart of gold and was the family "protector," be that of his son, his sisters, or his family. He was always helpful, courageous, brave, and very family-oriented. He was always striving to better himself, and loved taking things apart only to put them back together again. He liked to see how things worked and how they fit together. He loved working with his hands, which made him a good mechanic in the Army. Most of all Jeremiah will be remembered for his love of family and his love for life. He will be greatly missed.

Surviving Jeremiah are his son, Johnnathan “J.J.” Eldon Johnson; father, Duayne “D.J.” Eldon Johnson; twin sisters, Amy and Melissa Johnson; grandmother, Shirley Erickson; step-father, Michael Sarppo; grandfather, Ray Grabill; other loving relatives; and many special friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Vicky (Bentley) Sarppo; grandmother, Irene Grabill; grandfathers, Kenneth Bentley and Frank Erickson; uncles, Steve Johnson and Dale Hayes; and aunt, Brenda Mitchell.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street. At a later date, a motorcycle procession will transport Jeremiah to his final resting place at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, where military honors will be rendered.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses, and sent to the Family of Jeremiah Johnson, c/o Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50315.

D.J Johnson and Erickson family service for Jeremiah E. Johnson

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