A photo of Steven “Steve” Johnson

Steven “Steve” Johnson

September 20, 1988 - August 7, 2021

It is with heavy and broken hearts that we announce that Steven (“Steve”) Johnson, age 32, unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, August 7th, 2021.  What started off as a relaxing day at home ended tragically after Steve went into sudden and unexplained cardiac arrest, leaving behind his wife and high school sweetheart, Katie, who is due to deliver their first child, Mackenzie Eris, on August 25th

The origin of Steve begins in the sewers of Townsend where he became mutant after a truck carrying a canister of radioactive goo spilled chemicals onto him as a baby turtle. He spent his young adult life cultivating a love for art and skateboarding.  In between fighting off Shredder and the Foot Clan, he achieved an Associate degree in Fine Arts at DCAD and went on to achieve a Bachelor’s degree at MICA. He continued into a career in graphic design and was most known for giving his whole self to the project at hand no matter the size.

Despite his constant martial arts and combat training with Master Splinter, Steve still managed to fully renovate their home in preparation for building a family, always making time for morning walks with their pup Penny and dinner with Katie.

Steve was one of the most passionate and caring turtles to walk this earth.  Each person he connected with felt as though they were a close family friend.  His genuine love for his friends and family will be greatly missed and his memories cherished.  Steve was a huge fan of comedy and humor and would want all of us to smile and laugh when remembering him.  

Steve is survived by his wife Katie and much-anticipated daughter Mackenzie; grandmother, Eris Johnson; parents, Robin and Dave Johnson Sr.; and remaining brothers in a half shell, David (Carla and Leo) and Erik (Katie).

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 11 am on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 E. Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will be held privately.

We ask that everyone attending wear what they feel Steve would deem appropriate… All who knew Steve would know that means TMNT shirt, band t-shirt, brewery attire, or whatever makes you feel you.  If you wish to wear all black or a suit know that Steve will be flipping you the bird with his half grin because he wasn’t big on formalities. 

Per the family’s request, masks will be mandatory for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, in order to be mindful of those who are immunocompromised and to hide all of our sad faces.

Steve’s untimely passing has his friends and family facing an unfathomable new reality of a world without him in it, but he left behind a close-knit community who are now ready to come together on his behalf to rally behind Katie and baby Mackenzie to provide them all our love and support in their time of need.  Please direct all donations to the Go Fund Me for baby Mackenzie: https://www.gofundme.com/f/skhat-in-loving-memory-of-steve-johnson

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40 Condolences for Steven “Steve” Johnson

  • Steve brotha.. I will miss you always, love you.

  • My condolences to Katie, MacKenzie and the entire family. Steve will always shine through and let us all know to smile more often in our lives.

  • Robin, Dave & Family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • To my Dear friend Katie and The Johnson Family with a very heavy heart I send my Condolences to you. As I think back to all the outstanding moments and conversations I’ve had with Steve, by far my favorite was on his birthday when Katie though a big bash and he said the most infamous words that will forever have me in laughter, “Katie I must love you. I put a shirt on for you, girl!”
    Steve, thank you for always being a great friend and I hope to see you in the big turtleshell in the sky.
    Alisha

  • With very heavy heart, I pass along my thoughts and prayers to the “entire” family(ies). Unfortunately, due to a prior commitment, I will not be able to attend on Saturday; but please know that your family closeness and blessings (both present and “pending”) will carry all of you through this very sad and emotional time. Be strong and – “endeavor to persevere” – (a timeless saying of my late father, and one I believe in strongly). Prayers to all for strength and healing. Tracie Simon (Summit Aviation)

  • Katie and family, I’m Michael Washington’s mother and knew Steve as Michael’s roommate. I’m devastated that such a talented young life has been taken and especially before his firstborn came into this world. We send our sincerest condolences and prayers. TMNT FOR LIFE!!

  • Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family. We are just down the street. If you need anything reach out and we are there.
    Keith and Karen Warren

  • I am at a loss for words. So tragic. I haven’t seen Steve or the Johnson boys in so long but I remember they were great kids and can only imagine the great men they became. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, wife and unborn daughter.

  • So sorry for your loss

  • We are so sorry to hear this news. We send our deepest condolences to the family. Let the good memories give the family some confort in this very sad moment.

    Sincerely,
    Maribel Ortiz and family (Luisa’sister)

  • Hearing of Stevens death brought a flood of emotions. Of course, extreme sadness is at the top of the list. But also a smile comes to our faces when we remember so many great Scouting memories with Steven, his brothers, and wonderful parents; who were part of the Framework and Backbone of said Scouting memories!! And, YES, Steven sure did have a radiating smile that was always at the ready! Thoughts and Prayers will not cease for all his family members and his beautiful wife, and soon-to-arrive baby daughter. Our Love, Chris and Chuck Benedict

  • Words fail to express our deep sorrow for your loss. Our hearts goes out to all of you.

    Humbert, Ivelisse, Soleil e Isabella
    Orlando, Fl.

  • I am so incredibly sorry for the loss of Steven. Your family is so wonderful & loving. Please accept my sincere condolences – sending prayers & strength at this difficult time. Words seem trivial at a time like this …..

  • My deapest condolences to the entire Johnson family.

  • Truly saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. My son, Kyle, went to school with Steven and my daughter, Megan, with Erik.
    Prayers for God to ease the grief at this time.

  • So sad. Left the world way to soon. My condolences to the family.

  • I and everyone here at No Nonsense Office Machines is shocked and saddened by the news of Steve we pray for his family during this time

  • I am horribly saddened about Steve’s untimely passing. He made working with him like working with a close friend who sincerely was interested in your success.

    We worked on a picture website and he happily came over and picked up Christmas presents to give to Katie.

    Pending fatherhood was announced to me with tremendous joy. As was any mention of Katie.

    A special talent. A special guy that I will truly miss.

  • I am so very sorry for the entire family’s loss. I never met Steven but I know how proud Dave Sr. is of all his boys. He always has a smile on his face when he talks of them. My thoughts and prays go out to the entire family and God Bless little MacKenzie to this world she is soon to enter.

  • We are so very sorry to hear of Steve’s death. He was always friendly and helpful when we experienced a problem. He was very patient with those of us in the church office with little technology skills. Heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Katie and the family.

    Barbara Barkdoll

  • How tragic. We at the Rehoboth Art League were so very saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Katie and the entire family.

  • Keith,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that my thought and prayers go out to you and family during this very difficult time.
    Cindy

  • There are a lot of wonderful people in our world but there are those special few that stand out and Steve was one of them and so is his wife, Katie. His smile, the way he made you feel in his presence of being loved and appreciated. He just had a wonderful way about himself. A truly amazing ninja warrior whose spirit will live on in our hearts and memories.

  • Our condolences to the entire family and friends. There are no words. Our love and prayers are with you all.

  • I love you brother, my heart is breaking. Your time was cut to short.

  • I love you like a brother, my heart is breaking.

  • Growing up I always admired and looked up to Steve. I will never forget your easy-going affability, and infectious smile that made any time with you a shell of a good time.
    My deepest condolences to Katie, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, David, and Erik.

  • I love you like s brother, my heart is breaking.

  • Dude, I love u like a brother, my hearth is broken. Peace our dude!!

  • We were shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of a friend that had helped us with out computer needs when we moved to Lewes. Steve was so dedicated and professional and will be missed by all that knew him. Our hearts go out to his wife and family and we know that his memories will live on. It breaks our heart to learn that someone so young with so much to live for has suddenly been taken but we will always remember his kindness and caring. Rest in Peace!

  • Steven was a great guy raised by a great family. I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family and friends.

  • To Katie, Cindy, Rick, Patrick, and Little Tot, MacKenzie, we send you our condolences for the loss of your husband, son, father, and friend, Steve. We are holding your family in our thoughts and prayers. The memory video was a wonderful tribute to Steve’s early years and his love for Katie and their unborn child. Although we did not know Steve very well, we knew and appreciated him through Katie’s eyes, and the many expressions of love from Cindy and Rick. To an amazing family, may you find comfort knowing others care. Love, Janet and Charlii Miller

  • Dave and family,
    My sincere condolences for the passing of Steve. Although I have never met him, there is no question that he was an amazing person just like his Dad. May he rest in peace and may baby McKenzie, his final gift to you all, continue his legacy and greatness.

  • Steve’s passing is a devastating blow to this world who needs more people who are as kind and creative as him in it.

    To Katie, no one should have to experience the lost you just have had but we know you will be able to raise Mackenzie to be as awesome as you and Steve were.

  • Our sincere condolences.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • I do not know Mr. Johnson, but saw his story on Instagram. I am so sorry for your family’s loss. God bless his daughter and wife.

  • All of my thoughts and prayers are with the Johnson’s at this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • I am deeply saddened by the loss that you and the family have encountered. I can’t imagine what you are feeling right now.my heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.
    Love and prayers🙏

  • I read this due to Steve’s young age, and altho’ you do not know me, I will be praying for you all. Your video certainly portrays Steve’s adoration for the ‘love of his life’, baby girl, and family. Steve’s obit tells me I would have so enjoyed having him as a friend or a student in my English class! Thinking of your broken hearts and asking God to bless you all as you continue on.

  • Steve was a funny and talented artist. Great memories of him in class together during high school. Rest easy man. You were a great person