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Longtime Friend To Johnston, Lew Clarkson, Has Died

Posted November 26, 2013 in Community Web Exclusives, Johnston

clarksonpicLewis Clarkson, age 94, went home to be with his Savior on 
November 23, 2013. Lew was born May 13, 1919, in Buxton, 
Iowa in Monroe County. His family moved to Hocking and later 
to Des Moines where he graduated from East High School.

Lew served in the Army during World War II, earning the 
Purple Heart. Following the war, he began his real estate 
career, operating Lew Clarkson Real Estate Service for 
30 years. Lew was a lifelong member of Creekside 
Church (formerly Cornerstone Community Church), 
where he served in various leadership capacities. 
He gave much time and resources to Christian activities.

His passion was to help young people, and he supported 
several camps for kids. He also served on the Board of 
Trustees of Emmaus Bible College for 20 years.

He was a long time resident of Johnston, where he 
helped in the chartering process and played a major 
role in bringing Little League baseball to Johnston. He was
a faithful booster of Johnston Schools.

Lew was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, to 
whom he was married for 63 years. He is survived by 
five sons; Rodney (Carole) of Ankeny, Richard (Ann
Marie) of Bristol, RI, Randall (Kathy) of Johnston, 
Rollie (Debbie) of Johnston, and Ronald (Ann) of 
Colorado Springs, CO. He has 16 grandchildren and
20 great grandchildren.

Visitation is Tuesday, November 26th, from 5-7 pm, 
and funeral services on Wednesday, November 27, 
at 10 am, both at Johnston Evangelical Free Church, 
9901 NW 62nd Ave. in Johnston. Memorial 
contributions may be made to Willowbrook 
Bible Camp or Emmaus Bible College.

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