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Jeremy Mark Johnson

Aug. 12, 2021
Retired Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Mark Johnson passed from this life Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, at his home in Franklin, Nebraska.
He was born June 30, 1976, in Hastings, Nebraska, to Darla (Reynolds) VanMatre and Mark Johnson. He attended school in Smith Center, Kansas, and Gibbon, Nebraska, where he graduated with the Class of 1995. He attended Hastings Community College and earned his certificate in mechanics.
Jeremy married Jasmine Gard July 19, 1997, and to this union was born a beautiful daughter, McKayla Jean. Jeremy met Patty Sweet and fell head over heels in love. They were married on March 20, 2020 and made their home in Franklin. Patty’s daughters and children spent lots of time with Jeremy and he treated them as his own.
Jeremy loved family and friends and had a very big heart. He was especially proud of McKayla. They went everywhere together. He enjoyed doing all kinds of activities with all the children in the family. Patty and Jeremy enjoyed projects on their house and yard, which made him so proud.
Jeremy loved working on the farm with his dad and doing projects for his mom. He especially enjoyed hunting with his brother-in-law TJ and his friend Pat, along with spending time with Kyle on his farm. He also loved to collect trucks, Coca-Cola, and Nebraska memorabilia. He loved taking his nieces and nephews on adventures, playing jokes to make them feel special.
Jeremy joined the National Guard 995th Maintenance Company, Smith Center, July 22, 1999. He was called to active duty in 2009 and served in Kuwait for a year and a half. He retired in 2019 with full military honors.
He will be forever remembered by his wife Patty, daughter McKayla, his mother Darla VanMatre (Frank) and father Mark Johnson (Carolyn); sister Rachelle Steckelberg (T.J.); stepsisters Holly Anway and Heather Smallcomb; stepdaughters Tiffany Odel, Brooke Reed and Faith Reed; and nieces and nephew Trishelle, Kennedy and Madden Steckelberg. He also is survived by his cousins, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Lawrence & Dorothy Reynolds and Phillip & Kathryn Johnson; father-in-law LeRoy Sweet; and uncles Lyle Johnson, Gary Johnson and Dean Reynolds.
Funeral services will be Aug. 16, 2021, at Hutchins Funeral Home with The Reverend David Hudson officiating. Cremation will follow the service and family inurnment will be in the Kirwin, Kansas, Cemetery. The U.S. Army Honor Guard and American Legion Post 209, Franklin, will conduct military honors.
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