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Lew Clarkson

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Lew Clarkson


Lewis Clarkson, age 94, went home to be with his Savior on November 23, 2013. Lew was born May 13, 1919, in Buxton, Iowa in Monroe County. His family moved to Hocking and later to Des Moines where he graduated from East High School. Lew served in the Army during World War II, earning the Purple Heart. Following the war, he began his real estate career, operating Lew Clarkson Real Estate Service for 30 years. Lew was a lifelong member of Creekside Church (formerly Cornerstone Community Church), where he served in various leadership capacities. He gave much time and resources to Christian activities. His passion was to help young people, and he supported several camps for kids. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Emmaus Bible College for 20 years.

He was a long time resident of Johnston, Iowa, where he helped in the chartering process and played a major role in bringing Little League baseball to Johnston. He was a faithful booster of Johnston Schools. Lew was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, to whom he was married for 63 years. He is survived by five sons; Rodney (Carole) of Ankeny, Richard (Ann Marie) of Bristol, RI, Randall (Kathy) of Johnston, Rollie (Debbie) of Johnston, and Ronald (Ann) of Colorado Springs, CO. He has 16 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Visitation is Tuesday, November 26th, from 5-7 PM, and funeral services on Wednesday, November 27, at 10 AM, both at Johnston Evangelical Free Church, 9901 NW 62nd Ave. in Johnston. Memorial contributions may be made to Willowbrook Bible Camp or Emmaus Bible College. On-line condolences may be expressed at

Published in Des Moines Register from Nov. 26 to Nov. 28, 2013
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