In Memory of

Neal Robert Johnston

August 3, 1965 - October 29, 2014
Neal Robert Johnston, the son of Robert and Eleanor (Conley) Johnston, was born August 3, 1965, in Cherokee, Iowa. His childhood years were spent on the farm near Cleghorn. Neal attended school and graduated from Meriden-Cleghorn High School in 1984. He then attended Iowa State University where he graduated with an Agriculture Studies Farm Operation degree in 1988. After college Neal moved back to Cleghorn where he started farming with his father. On February 15, 1997, he was united in marriage to Jill McDonald at the First Church of Christ in Cherokee. They were blessed with two daughter; Taylor and Trista. Neal enjoyed working on the family farm. He was known as the handyman on the farm for his ability to fix anything. In addition to his love of farming, Neal enjoyed race cars, camping and traveling, especially to Jamaica. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends. He will always be remembered for his great sense of humor and being a loving and caring husband and father. He was a very generous minded man that put others first. On October 29, 2014, Neal passed away at his residence surrounded by family and friends. He was preceded by his grandparents, Joe and Mildred Johnston, and Freeman and Ruth Conley; father and mother-in-law, Jim and Linda McDonald; and several aunts and uncles. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Jill Johnston of Cleghorn, IA; his two daughters, Taylor and Trista Johnston of Cleghorn, IA; parents, Robert and Eleanor Johnston; sister, Carla (Eugene) Beckwith of Aurora, SD, brother in law, Mike (Susy) McDonald of Ankeny, IA; special aunt and uncle, Jack and Diane McDonald of Missouri; as well as other relatives and friends. In Lieu of Flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Neal Johnston Memorial Fund.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, November 1, 2014, at the First Church of Christ in Cherokee, Iowa.
Pastor Tom Lewis
Tony Pogeler Bill Luetkeman Brian Shea Cory Roepke Eugene Beckwith Mike McDonald
Visitation will begin at 3 P.M. Friday, with the family present from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Friday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Meriden Cemetery Meriden, Iowa


Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“We were so saddened to hear about Neal and we pray for your strength during this time. Please know we have you and your family in our thoughts and we are sending prayers your way. ”
- Kevin and Jen Pitts
Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“On behalf of The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, I would like to express our sincere condolences on the passing of Mr. Neal Johnston. We hope that the family can find comfort in the memories shared with Neal. We learned of your family's story on Siouxland news channel. Our family lost our father to esophageal cancer as well and are now working to spread awareness to others. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all and may Neal rest in peace.”
- Christina Frye
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Praying for you and the girls, so sorry for your loss”
- 5 D Brugman's
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Sending our heartfelt condolances to you all. Neal was a wonderful man and will be missed. Continued prayers to you in the next days, weeks, and months”
- Corey and Jennifer Dailey Austin, Nate, Jessica, Aiden, and Karsen
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“You are all in our thoughts and prayers; we are so, so sorry for your loss.”
- Michelle Skaggs Lawrence and extended family
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Words cannot express our heart felt feelings for your loss.”
- Jerry and Vicki Menke
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time ”
- James and Karmen Hodgdon& family
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Hard to believe you are gone, you shared your smile with many people and touched so many lives, your memories will live on forever in the hearts of all that knew and loved you, rest in peace Neal”
- Deb Hyndman
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Im sorry for your loss.Ill keep you and your family in my prayers.Hang in there Jilland girls”
- Melissa Eberly
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