In memory of

Deborah Johnson

September 26, 1950 - October 6, 2021
From: Independance, IA | Originally: Early, IA
Deborah Johnson

Deborah Johnson

Born: September 26, 1950
Died: October 6, 2021
Age: 71
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Deborah Kay Johnson, 71, was born on September 26, 1950, to Charles and Helen (Venzke) Johnson in Schaller, Iowa. They lived in Rembrandt, Iowa until she was three.  She then moved to Early, where she lived her life until 2015, when she moved to Jesup, Iowa.
Deb graduated in 1968 from Crestland Community School and right after graduation attended Larson School of Cosmetology. Upon completion, she returned to Early where she started her career at Vera's. In 1970, she opened her own business; Debbie's Beauty Salon, and operated that until 1990. She left that career and opened a daycare in her home for 13 years. She thought of those children she cared for as her own and still followed their careers even to this day. In 2003, Deb was employed at Walmart in Storm Lake, retiring from the pharmacy department in 2015.
At age 15, while attending a Billy Graham movie with her church youth group, Deb gave her life to Christ and followed Him faithfully for the rest of her life. He was her best friend and she often shared the love of Christ and the Gospel with others.
She was an avid reader and Hallmark movie enthusiast. She was a devoted Aunt and was delighted to spend any time she could with her nephews and nieces.
Deb was preceded in death by her parents; maternal and paternal grandparents and a niece Chelsea Wisecup.
She is survived by one brother Darrell (Kim) Johnson; one sister Denise (David) Wisecup: two nephews: Zachary Johnson and Nathaniel (Marissa) Wisecup; two nieces: Ashley Johnson and Allison (Steven) Manning; four great-nephews: Jagger Johnson, Trey Johnson, Griffin Wisecup, and Peter Manning; one great-niece Alexis Gaalswyk; and many friends and family.
Memorial will be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice for the love and care they showed Deb and the family during her last days. A portion of the memorial will also be given to The Chosen to "pay it forward"
and further, share the Gospel with others.
Memorial Service
10:30 a.m., Saturday
November 13, 2021
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Pastor Jason Baustian
Early Union Cemetery
Early, Iowa


Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 3:43 PM
“Debbie was a delightful lady! We had many great discussions going to and from Bible studies. I will miss her smile - it always warmed my heart. My condolences to all the family, especially Denise & Dave. She was forever grateful for all you did for her.”
- Suzy Duwe
Friday, October 15, 2021 at 8:57 AM
“Very sorry to learn of Debbies passing. I have so many memories of her at the beauty shop in Early. Condolences to her family at this very difficult time. ”
- Kelle Wiseman
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 9:16 AM
“Our sincere sympathy to your families in your loss of Deb. May your hearts be filled with many happy memories.”
- Neil & Anita Mason
Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 4:43 PM
“Sorry for your tremendous loss. What a loving woman. Denise and Darrell, prayers for you and the family.”
- Bonnie Lesage
Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 4:43 PM
“So sorry for your family's loss.”
- Jill bolden
Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 4:31 PM
“My deepest condolences to Darrell and Denise. Deb was a great lady. ”
- Mike Drey
Friday, October 8, 2021 at 6:17 PM
“My condolences to Deb's family and friends. Miss her so much already, but know we will see each other and laugh together again in Heaven. ”
- Earline Titus
Friday, October 8, 2021 at 3:12 PM
“She was a wonderful friend to me and my family. Sprnt a lot of tome listening to Elvis over the years! Deb was my friend, my hair stylist, even for my wedding. It was a hard day as my sister and I were with Denise when Deb passed away. Love you Deb.”
- Pam (Zimmer) Mundt
Friday, October 8, 2021 at 9:43 AM
“Our deepest sympathy to Denise, Daryl and families. Deb was always such a happy person and missed her when she moved away. She cut hair for our family and one summer we went to swimming lessons.”
- Jean Liske
Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 7:18 PM
“Sending my condolences to the family. I grew up in Early with the Johnson family. Deb went to school with my brother, Jack. Denise and I grew up together going to school K-12. My mother went to Deb's beauty salon every week to have her hair done. I went there after the barber shop closed to have my hair cut. I remember Deb talking about how much she loved Elvis Presley. Sad news. Fond memories.”
- Colin Schramm
Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 7:18 PM
“Sorry to hear of Deb's passing always had a chat with her when she worked at WalMart in Storm Lake”
- Debra Ohrtman
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