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Steven Oscar Johnson

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Steven Oscar Johnson age 66 of Fredericksburg died suddenly on May 8, 2024 at MercyOne Medical Center in New Hampton.

A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in Fredericksburg has been entrusted with Steven’s arrangements.


Steven was born June 30, 1957 in Cedar Falls and was the son of Ross Johnson and Nancy Heideman. His early years were marked by the adventures of military life, as he accompanied his father through various relocations. Growing up in St. Josephs, MO, Long Beach, CA, and Honolulu, HI, Steven’s exposure to different places nurtured his passion for the military, a calling that would shape much of his life.

After graduating high school in Honolulu, Steven settled in Fredericksburg, where he found both love and purpose. It was in Fredericksburg that he met the love of his life, Janice Jarchow, one fateful night uptown. The couple exchanged vows on May 6, 1978, at the Peace UCC in Fredericksburg, embarking on a journey of love and companionship that would span over four decades.

Together, Steven and Janice found joy in raising their two children, April and Brendon, instilling in them values of loyalty, dedication, and love.

Despite finding contentment in Fredericksburg, Steven felt the pull of his military calling and, at the age of 36, he made the decision to enlist. His service took him to the frontlines of Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, where his bravery and commitment earned him respect and many accolades. Rising through the ranks, he eventually found himself stationed in California at Fort Irwin, where he continued to serve with honor and distinction until his honorable discharge.

Upon returning to the Fredericksburg area, Steven embraced civilian life while continuing to work tirelessly to support his family. He found employment at Beatrice and Norplex-Micarta in Postville, where his dedication and work ethic were exemplary.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Steven was known for his ingenuity and passion for tinkering. Whether it was fixing watches with his friend Bob Mange or spending quality time with his beloved grandchildren, Steven found joy in staying busy and working with his hands.

Steven leaves behind a legacy of love, courage, and resilience. He will be deeply missed by his adoring wife, Janice, his loving children, April and Brendon, his cherished grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a multitude of relatives, friends, and comrades whose lives he touched with his warmth and generosity.

Steven is survived by his wife of 46 years, Janice of Fredericksburg; one daughter, April Hartley of D’Iberville, MS; one son, Brendon Johnson of Fredericksburg; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five brothers, David (Dawn) Johnson of Fredericksburg, Ross Johnson of Waverly, John (Glenna) Johnson of Waverly, Robert (Krista) Hool of Waverly, Doug (Tasha) Davies of Jesup; one sister, Johanna Hool of Austin, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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  1. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Dena and Zac Palmer and Dean Speicher

  2. Janice, I’m so sorry to hear about Steve. Thinking of you all & sending prayers & hugs.

  3. My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time. Steve and Uncle Jerry always had great conversations when you visited us! Love to you and your family!
    Aunt Lorie

  4. I am so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. He was a joy to be around and although I hadn’t seen him for several years, I will miss my chats with him. My deepest condolences to Janice and the entire family. R.I.P Steve. You will be forever missed.

  5. Janice & Family, I Am So Sorry For Your Loss. My Prayers For Strength & Peace Are Sent To You All. God Bless & Love, Debbie

  6. Big hug coming your way Janice-so sorry for your sudden loss. Saw Steve a couple years ago when emptying my sister’s house; of course, many memories of Steve as my supervisor at ConAgra. God Bless🙏 RIP Steve

  7. So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to you and your families. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  8. Janice and family so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers too all of you during this difficult time.🙏🙏

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