Steven Johnston

  • Born: December 12, 1947
  • Died: May 10, 2018
  • Location: West Des Moines, Iowa

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601 New York Ave
PO Box 431
Creston, IA 50801
Tel. (641) 782-7036

Tribute & Message From The Family

Steven Johnston, 70, of West Des Moines, formerly of Oskaloosa, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Greater Regional Hospice Home HCI in Creston, Ia. Graveside memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Union Cemetery in Fairfield. Pastor Diane Brokken will officiate. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in Fairfield. Memorials are to the family. Online condolences can be given at

Steven Dean Johnston, son of Lee Edward "Bud" Johnston and Mary Joy (Hickenbottom) Johnston was born December 12, 1947 in Fairfield, Iowa. He graduated from Fairfiled High School in 1966. After high school he graduated from North East Missouri State University.

On February 25, 1969, Steven was united in marriage to Rita Brown. They settled there in Kirksville, Mo., before moving to Lovilia, Ia., for a short time. Later moving to Oskaloosa where he worked at CLOW Manufacturing in packaging and inventory. He later worked for Mahaska County Hospital beginning in 1977, as a medical supply coordinator at the hospital over the next 15 years. He later moved to Arkansas where he worked in a steel mill.
In 2007 Steven in his retirement returned to Iowa moving to West Des Moines. Steven enjoyed donating to different charities as he was able.

Steven is survived by his three daughters, Bethany (husband Jim) Mengel of Des Moines, Ia., Kimberly (husband Dan) Barrington of Mesa, Ariz. and Gretchen (husband Jody) Wilson of Leon, Ia.; twelve grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, his sister Judy Pringle (fiancé Jack Raymond ) of Norwalk, Ia and his step-sister Karen (husband Jay) Gridley in Muscatine, Ia.. Steven was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, Carl Boysel and a brother Kenneth Johnston.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I have very fond memories of Steven as a child. Judy I am very sorry for your loss but he is with God now.

Posted by Jay Johnston - Lincoln, CA - Family   May 19, 2018


I worked with Steve at Mahaska hospital for many years. He was one of the nicest people I have known. He had fun attending a surprise 40th birthday party for me many years ago. Was sorry to hear of his passing.

Posted by Linda Strasser - Oskaloosa, IA   May 18, 2018

Our sympathy to the family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Sorry, we don't feel we will be able to make it to the funeral especially with the distance. May you seek God's peace and comfort in your time of sorrow and pain.

Posted by Ned and Kathy Brown - Atlantic, IA - Family   May 18, 2018

Gretchen, Diana and I are so sorry for your loss but we were so glad we could help you with all the decisions that come with events like this. Just know that if there is anything you need we are there for you. Please accept our deepest condolences

Posted by Alan & Diana Wilson - Winterset, IA - acquaintance   May 17, 2018

So sorry to hear of Steves passing. We were friends in high school and sat by each other in assembly. I have very fond and happy memories of those times. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Steve was a great guy and will truly be missed.

Posted by Cindy Kane McEntee - Keosauqua, IA   May 16, 2018

Judy and family. So very sorry to hear of your brother's passing. May God hold you in His arms during this difficult time and grant all of you His peace. ~Daryl and Melodee Roberts

Posted by Melodee Roberts - Eagle Grove, IA - Acquaintance   May 16, 2018

Please know our loving thoughts embrace you. May you find comfort and peace.

Posted by Connie and Rick carr - spring, TX - Family   May 16, 2018

I'm so sorry to read of Steve's passing. I went to high school with him and have nothing but fond thoughts of our time as classmates. He was such a nice young man. May loving memories get you through the pain you now feel.

Posted by Peg Allison Frushour - Clearwater, FL   May 16, 2018

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