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David Johns Creston

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 10:43 a.m. CDT

David Johns, 74, of Creston died March 12, 2014, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at Pearson Family Funeral Service, 809 W. Montgomery St. Rick Titus will officiate. Burial will be private at Graceland Cemetery at a later date. Open visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. Friday with family present 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at

David Max Johns, son of Sylvia (Moen) and Max Johns, was born Feb. 2, 1940, in Creston. 

On Feb. 8, 1959, David married Sharon Kay Turner of Creston.

David graduated from Chicago Tool and Die in 1959. He worked in Guttenburg as a machinist. The couple then moved to Oelwein for him to further his career as a machinist.  The couple later returned to the Creston area, and David worked in Lenox, as a tool and die maker. He then began a career at Van Mark Industries, where he was the first certified welder and plant supervisor in Creston. David retired from Max Smith Construction in 1999.

David was a former member of Creston Riders Club in the early 1960s. David was a member of Creston City Council and served as councilman for two terms and councilman-at-large for one term in the 1970s. David was a member of Murray Saddle Club.

David is survived by his wife Sharon Johns of Creston, son Sterling (Lisa) Johns of Creston; daughters, Shelly Hanson of Creston and Annette (Wolfgang) Brummel of Peru; grandchildren, Michael David Johns of Creston, Jennifer (Doug) Bird of Des Moines, Sonya (Jason) Clayton of Creston, Catherine (Kole) Young of Ankeny, Beau and Bailey Brummel of Peru, Jayrd (Jacquie) Merritt of Cromwell and Janelle (Josh) Hamilton of Afton; great-grandchildren, Paige Marxen, Chasity and Mason Clayton, Max, Rachael and Ryan Johns, all of Creston, Presley Merritt of Cromwell and Katie and Cameron Hamilton of Afton; mother-in-law Urania Turner of Creston; four brothers-in-law, three sisters-in-law, several nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

David was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Janice White, Ellen Lang and Patty Johns; nephew Glen White; grandparents, Art and Marie Johns and Steve and Martha Moen; brother-in-law Glen White, sister-in-law Becky Turner and father-in-law Wayne Turner.

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