In Memory of Leva Johnson

Leva Johnson
Leva Johnson
Born: August 5, 1921
Died: January 1, 2018
Age: 96
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Leva Johnson
August 5, 1921 - January 1, 2018
From: Pomeroy, IA

Leva Johnson, age 96, of Pomeroy, formerly of Odebolt, Iowa, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018, at the Pomeroy Care Center, of Pomeroy, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. Pastor Bruce Kaihoi will officiate; with committal services following in the Hayes Township Cemetery, of Arthur, Iowa. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Homes, of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Leva Lorene (Ridge) Johnson, the daughter of Harlan B and Pearl M (Sexton) Keele, was born on August 5, 1921, near Hendrickson, MO. The family relocated to Iowa and lived in the Rockwell City and Laurens, IA areas where Leva attended and graduated from Ware High School with the class of 1940.

On May 25, 1947, Leva married Ross G. Ridge and the couple settled down on a farm south of Rockwell City, IA. Leva and Ross were blessed with a son Harlan G. Ridge and had the joy of adopting twin girls Cathie Irene and Connie May. 

On August 12, 1981, Leva married Duane E. Johnson and the family made their home in Odebolt, IA. Duane welcomed Cathie and Connie as Leva welcomed Duane’s children Vicki and Art. Leva was an excellent homemaker, she also worked outside of the home during her life as a CNA, and on the Rockwell City Ambulance crew as a driver. Leva enjoyed sewing, reading, traveling, camping and spending time with her family.

Left to cherish her memory are her four children Cathie McCullough of Lohrville, IA, Connie Ruge of Cherokee, IA, Vicki Stull of Omaha, NE, and Art (Kathy) Johnson of Tacoma, WA; 5 grandchildren and 4 step grandchildren,  many great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Leva was preceded in death by her husbands Ross Ridge and Duane Johnson; son Harlan Ridge; sisters Verna Brown, Muriel Hemmerick, Atha Muller, Velma Smith, and Violet Felsing; brother Hollis Keele; and son-in-law Duane Ruge. 



11:00 a.m., Saturday
January 6, 2018
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Pastor Bruce Kaihoi


10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"Amazing Grace"
"In The Garden"


Hayes Township Cemetery
Arthur, Iowa


Friday, January 12, 2018 at 11:42 AM
“We loved you Leva Johnson. Stan cried and cried. You were an amazing person..Stan loved and respected you so much. I only knew you a short time and did the same. Stan is honored to have had many happy times with you in his life. We pray we will be with you someday. Leva will be missed by everyone. Stan and Beverly Smith”
- Stan and Beverly Smith
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 2:19 PM
“So sorry to hear of Leva's passing, Vicki. You are in my prayers.”
- Valarie Wonder
Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:44 PM
“Loved taking care of Leva, she will be greatly missed by everyone at Pomeroy Care Center ”
- Jessica
Friday, January 5, 2018 at 9:21 AM
“A very special aunt & uncle who I lived with during some my high school days. A wonderful cook for a hungry kid. and both of them, lead me to continue in engineering to design all sorts of equipment. She will be missed for many years. ”
- Stanley K. Smith PE
Friday, January 5, 2018 at 9:21 AM
“I very much enjoyed taking care of Leva. She was sarcastic and witty. My coworker Charmel and I spent many a night laughing with Leva. I will miss her greatly. I am so sorry for your loss.
- Lorie Gerdes
Friday, January 5, 2018 at 9:21 AM
“So sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. You have our deepest sympathy.”
- Terry & Peg Stickrod
Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7:55 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss. We sure wish we could be with you in person, but know that you are in our hearts and prayers. Aunt Leva was a very special lady. She will be missed.”
- Jane H Keele
Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 2:27 PM
“So sorry to hear about Leva. I enjoyed Sunday dinners with her when my mom sat at her table at Sunnyview Retirement Home in Rockwell City.”
- Toni Kerns
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