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Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory

1510 West First Street, Ankeny, IA

OBITUARY

John David Lefler

March 12, 1988October 19, 2019
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John “J’Smalls” David Lefler, 31 passed away Saturday October 19, 2019 at his home in Ankeny, IA after a courageous and long battle with mental illness. A Celebration of Life will be at 3pm, Saturday November 2, 2019 at Ankeny Funeral Home (1510 W First Street, Ankeny, IA 50023). Family is asking that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) of Iowa at NAMIIowa.org.

Johnny was born March 12, 1988 in Sioux City, IA to Rhonda Lefler and John (David) Yarborough. He grew up in Sioux City moving to Ankeny a few years ago to be closer to his mother and brother. Johnny was very passionate and could speak for hours about anything from tornadoes, history, politics, religion, philosophy and the list goes on! He saw beauty in the simplest of things and spent hours just looking at the stars. Johnny mastered everything he set his mind to, a few broken bones didn’t stop him from getting back on his skateboard and literally flying high. Johnny’s lasting gift for this world is his music. He took great pleasure at creating something that you could feel in your very soul. His door and his heart were always open to everyone he came across, and he took great pride in helping local artists achieve their highest potential. He believed in you, and made you believe in yourself as well. Johnny felt his greatest accomplishment was his beautiful daughter, Eris Apple.

Johnny is survived by his mother, Rhonda (Mike) Lemieux of Ankeny; father, David Yarborough of Sioux City; daughter Eris Apple Lefler; brother, Dylan Lefler; uncle (more like brother), R.J. (Samantha) Wayne of Moville; aunt, Katie (Greg) Delaney of North Sioux City; aunt Jenny (Travis) Lile of Sioux City; soulmate, Kara Maynard of Sioux City; and many extended family members and friends who will miss his gifts he offered this world. John is preceded in death by his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and numerous close friends.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Dylan Lefler, Honorary Bearer
  • RJ Wayne, Honorary Bearer
  • Israel Yarborough, Honorary Bearer
  • David Yarborough, Honorary Bearer
  • DONATIONS

  • National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 2, 2019

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Rhonda Lemieux

October 31, 2019

I love you John. I know you are at peace, but man do I wish you could have found that here. Tell everyone up there I love and miss them too-I know they are loving on you and listening to all your stories. Until we meet again.

Mario Cruz

October 23, 2019

“You will never have a group of friends like the ones you did while you were a child” <—Isn’t that the truth! John our childhood was nothing short of amazing! We did so many crazy things while we were young. Half those stories people wouldn’t believe even if we told them haha .Those memories bring light during this dark time. So many smiles and laughs! You were not only a friend but a brother. Summit Street .. that was our block! The clubs we built in the kitty cat jungle, skateboarding, late nights just sitting on the curb under the lights talking about our next move, many many visits to cub foods, boxing in the front yard, and all the crazy conversations we had about life. You were very passionate about you’re music! I enjoyed listening to you’re music and watching you rap with Adam. You guys killed it! I will always cherish those memories. If it wasn’t for you I would have never met my other brother Adam Spawn. One door closes another door opens. My heart is heavy. I know we grew apart as we got older. I will always consider you a brother! I hope you are at peace. Rest Easy John. -until we meet again-

Beth Schrunk

October 23, 2019

I remember meeting you shortly after your birth and then much later as a young adult. Impressed by your creativity and your talent with words. My heart breaks for your family. There is a special place in heaven for people like us. Love on your Grandma Debbie for me. Til we meet once again.

Shelby Throne

October 22, 2019

I’m not even sure where to start with the memories, there were so many and they all give me the biggest smile. I’ll never forget the day I met you though. We were so young at the skate park and it was a hot summer day. I was complaining to one of my friends about needing something to drink, you overheard, and offered to take me to the Hong Kong market and buy me a pop.. the rest is history. It never mattered the time of day, your door (or your moms) was always open and I was always welcome. It was truly my safe place through some rough times, and where so many fun memories were created.. and the ridiculous amount of miles we tracked to random places. I know you’re up there somewhere smiling, saying in your Elmo voice, “it’s me shel-by” 😂 and dropping one liners from every last memory we had together. You’re a brilliant man John, and you opened my mind up to many things over the years. You have without a doubt left a lasting impact on this world ❤️ Love you man, and I will always hold the memories near and dear to my heart

Theresa McNaughton

October 22, 2019

I haven’t seen Johnny since he was a little boy but my heart goes out to you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Adam Spahn

October 22, 2019

The memories we had together were nothing but adrenaline and laughter. Since elementary school where we met wearing the same shirts to spending most of our childhood days on the summit block full of amazing faces. If we had $5 in our pockets we’d be walking to Cub Foods for snacks and soda. You sure loved your Mountain Dew. Uncle Rj use to blast that stereo and we’d ride the E - Brake through the snow. Everything about you was an adventure. Skateboarding you were a pro, jibbering icy rails with our shoes in the winter, to producing beats to the entire city. Everyone around us was a huge family. Even when life took us apart we still made the time to visit one another in the country farm lands of Nebraska to Springfield Illinois where I came to stay with you. It’s so hard to type this because I feel like your still here, but we all love you so much. Rest easy Smallz

Michelle Barrientos

October 22, 2019

I will miss you, words can not describe the pain i feel.
I Love you & all that knew of you, i didnt know you that well but the times we message i got to know you better.
Rest in peace

Kara Maynard

October 22, 2019

I love you John.
I love you, I love you, I love you!
“I just wanna touch yo face”
❤️

Corey Brubaker

October 22, 2019

You got me to think outside the box, to question and research everything. I would always come over with a laptop and a couple of beers ready to hang out and be creative or just shoot the breeze. We made "life is what you make it" shortly after Shawn passed away. I remember going home and listening to that song on repeat and crying my eyes out.
Life happens and I ended up moving to a trailer with a new baby but we always kept contact. We would often make plans to hang out, as soon as I'd get the green light to come over. I ended up crashing at your place when my car was stuck in the winter or if I had too much to drink. Your door was always open.
You showed me how to make beats, and gave me FL Studio for the first time. Anytime I had a question you'd always help and tutor me. We ended up making around 4 songs together and came up with the group "violent design". I also had the pleasure to perform shows with you. If it wasn't for you I wouldn't have been able to create as much music as I have. For that I will forever be in your debt.
I opened my door with no hesitation when needed as well. I always wanted you to make yourself at home, although at times I'd come home from work in a bad mood, you'd always greet me with understanding. I saw you struggle and offered any advice I could as you would for me. You said you looked up to me and I inspired you. I believe you inspired me more than you'll ever know. You also left an impression with alot of people in this city, and were an integral part in everyone's creative life. More than that,you were a good friend. Polite and respectful. When you moved I thought it was a good thing to get away from this city. Although we didn't talk as often as of late, I still thought about you and hoped you were doing well. I really wish I would've reached out to you more, and had atleast one more conversation. Hearing the news is shattering, but just know you will live on forever through your music and in our hearts. Love you bro

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