Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory

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Marshal Aaron Terrell Johnson

December 25, 1995October 8, 2019

Marshal Aaron Terrell Johnson, 23, passed away October 8, 2019. Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at New Hope Assembly of God in Urbandale, IA.

Marshal was born in Waterloo, Iowa, on December 24, 1995. After a difficult start in life, Marshal was adopted by Michael and Regina Johnson at the age of 5 just before entering kindergarten. Marshal truly enjoyed being a part of a forever family.

It took Marshal a bit to find his passions in life. He had a select few he held close. Marshal had a strong passion for reading. He did his best to read every book of his interest in the Urbandale High School library. The librarian had him on the VIP list and would inform him any time new books were scheduled to arrive.

Marshal had a creative nature. He would spend a great many hours in the art room creating a wide variety of works. He also took his creativeness in hand when it came to cooking and liked to experiment on new recipes using his family as his critics, judges and supporters.

Marshal also enjoyed being physically fit and playing sports, with a great competitive nature. He played football and ran track at Urbandale HS. Marshal graduated from Urbandale High School in May of 2014. Marshal then attended Central College for one semester in the fall of that year. He then decided that college life was not right for him yet, although he planned to return to complete a college degree at some point in the future. While at Central, Marshal was a member of the football and track teams.

Marshal could be quiet or boisterous, depending on the situation. His big and beautifully handsome smile is one feature that most everyone who knew him noticed and will greatly remember.

Marshal was preceded in death by his grandfather Walter Johnson, grandmother Beatrice Johnson, grandfather Terry Smith and cousin Lane Smith.

Marshal leaves to cherish his memory, parents, Michael and Regina Johnson of Kansas City, MO; brother Marcus (Lora) Johnson of Olathe, KS: sister Rori (Jordan Sellers) Johnson of Polk City, IA; sister Riana Johnson of Popular Bluff, MO; sister Ritana Johnson of Kansas City, MO; brother Mitchel Johnson of Kansas City, MO; sister Rachael Johnson of Kansas City, MO; brother Mykal Johnson of Kansas City, MO; grandmother Ladonna Smith of Winterset, IA, nephew and niece Trenton Bonham and Melah Johnson of Poplar Bluff, MO; nephew Talyn Sellers of Polk City; a host of aunts, uncles and cousins as well as many friends.


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Brianna Woods

November 9, 2019

I was friends with Marshal throughout high school, I remember always seeing him in the art room.... the high school memories are great, but my favorite memory of Marshal isn’t from high school. My favorite memory of Marshal is when I was homeless with my service dog Bruce. I got kicked out of the shelter and had no where to go. Marshal gave me his blanket and pillow and made sure I had somewhere to lay my head. He wanted to be sure I was safe and ok. He truly cared about people and I will always hold these great memories close to me. He always had a kind heart and gentle soul!

Anne Petrie

November 3, 2019

I was Marshal’s class dean at Central College and remember him from his time there. I’m so terribly sorry for his tragic passing. Wishing all of you strength and comfort in this sad time.

Jacob Oberender

October 30, 2019

My favorite memory of Marshal was when we went to church camp in lake Geneva Minnesota. My brother and I played Gaga ball every single day for hours with Marshal. We consistently won every game we played, no one stood a chance to our trio. After there was no one left to play we stayed up late and talked about God and his plans for our lives. It was always interesting listening to his perspective and goals on life and his encouraging words he had to give.

Nicole Mccabe

October 30, 2019

I knew michael and regina a little bit. I knew marshall Riana and rory the most and I always loved hanging out with them when we were young. Marshall and I went to school together, he was a year behind me and we talked more in high school. He was a good friend. Everyone misses you

James Gaffney

October 28, 2019

Marshal and I have The same Birthday I’m 12-25-1993 and his was 12-25-1995 just 2 years older than him he was like my little brother you can say yes I ran Track with him at UHS we would both cheer each other on no matter what I’m going to miss you my little brother

James Noel
U’s Up bud
J - Hawk nation

Emily Castelline

October 23, 2019

I am praying for comfort for your family as you grieve and remember Marshal. I only knew him for a short time at UHS but I remember him laughing a lot and enjoying himself. I am so sorry for your loss.