Jacob Johnson

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 3:24 pm

Jacob Carlton Johnson, 40, of Lansing, tragically passed away Feb. 28 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon from injuries sustained from an automobile accident.

He was a loving father to daughter, Leona and partner Stephanie, and dog dad to his faithful shepherd/lab mix, Atlas.

If one word could describe Jacob, it would be “loyal.” Jacob was the guy that could always be counted on if a helping hand was needed, though felt guilty asking for it himself. His passions included golfing, Friday night softball in Harpers Ferry, spending time on the river, playing on the farm, hunting, nodding his head at the front of the music stage (“that’s upbeat!”), endless games of euchre, and more than anything, enjoying a few cold ones with his friends and family over good conversation.

It is difficult to overstate the number of lives he touched in Lansing and the surrounding community. He seemed to know everyone and rarely passed up a good stop-and-chat when the opportunity arose. He was unapologetically himself, in the best way. Jacob’s elbow nudges after his own jokes, “casual” wardrobe (an understatement), big bear hugs, and half-baked adventures were the thing of legend which will be forever burned into the minds of friends and family and will continue to bring joy to all that knew him, long after he has left this world.

Jacob was born on Jan. 6, 1984, in La Crosse, Wis. He graduated from Kee High School in 2002 where he played several sports. He especially loved baseball where he was a catcher, #5 for the Kee Hawks. After high school, Jacob attended Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids where he studied landscaping and golf course management.

After college, Jacob left the Midwest to spread his wings. This first led him to Phoenix, Ariz., where he lived a few years with some close friends (of which there are many stories), then onto Grand Junction, Colo., when a job opportunity came about. Next, Beloit, Wis., working for the Beloit Snappers. Eventually, Jacob made it back home to Iowa after taking a job at the golf course in Waukon. Lansing was home and where he was meant to come back to. In his heart, he was a small-town guy.

He is survived by the daughter he adored, Leona; partner, Stephanie Hawes; mother and stepfather, Nancy and John Murray; sister, Jade (Dave Curtis); sister, Effie (Joshua Lane); stepsister, Samantha (Evan Ludeking); stepbrother, Alex Murray (Christina); nieces: Tatum (Murray), Grace and Everly (Ludeking); grandmother (Joan) Yvonne Lopp; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins and his many friends that he considered family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carlton Johnson; grandparents, Vic and Ceil Johnson; aunt, Elaine Johnson; and grandfather, Frank Lopp.

A Celebration of Jacob’s Life will be held from 2-6 p.m., Sunday, March 17, at TJ Hunter’s Banquet Hall in Lansing. In lieu of flowers, a fund is being established at Kerndt Brothers Bank for Jacob’s two-year-old daughter, Leona Johnson.

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Denny & Fran Luck
2 months ago

It is with deep sympathy from your friends at this time of sorrow. You are ALL in our thoughts and our prayers.

2 months ago

I remember him, and when I think of him I see him smiling. RIP Jacob 🙏

Laura Schroeder
2 months ago

I am so sorry to hear about Jacob though and prayers for your family.

Maureen Hunt
2 months ago

What a Beautiful Memorial of this young man that I never had the chance to meet. I’m sure he will be missed by many❤️

Justin Ranzenberger (Sands)
2 months ago

Just wanted to send my condolences to Jacob and his family. You was a great friend, person to know. You will always be remembered never forgotten keep your head up buddy.

Last edited 2 months ago by Justin Ranzenberger (Sands)