Kenneth Johnson Jr

August 8, 1932-July 18, 2021
Jerri Colleen Smith
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Born August 18, 1932 in Lyons, IL, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family July 18, 2021 in Joplin, MO.

Preceded in death by his parents Kenneth F. Johnson Sr. and Marie (Coates) Johnson and one sister Donna Gilbreth. He is survived by three siblings; Jean Harris of Yuma AZ, Mike Johnson of Carl Junction, MO, and Tim (Vera) Johnson of California.

In 1950, he married Kathryn (Katie) Atteberry (deceased). Together they had six children (all surviving); Kathy (Armand) DeLeurere, Ken (Janie) Johnson III, Dave (Sherri) Johnson, Lisa Johnson, Susan Sims and Linda (Tom) Sonaty.

Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren, two step-grandsons and two step-great-grandsons.

He was also preceded in death by his second wife Rose (Brewer Stricklin) Johnson with whom he has two surviving step-sons, Michael Stricklin and Billy (Alicia) Stricklin and two step-grandsons.

Ken was a man of many talents. He started his working career as a young boy in his father’s salvage yard which sparked his love of classic autos. He went on to drive a Manor Bread truck, worked in a Nash garage, worked for Boeing in Wichita and Rocketdyne in Neosho.

He moved on to a career in hospital management taking that talent from Joplin to South Dakota to Indiana and eventually to Saudi Arabia for eight years. During that time he was privileged to take many holidays including a trip to the Seychelle Islands, the pyramids of Cairo, Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India, a sailing trip amidst the Greek Islands and visited such cities as London, Paris, Amsterdam and Petra, Jordan.

After retiring at the young age of 54, he enjoyed being in business with son, Ken III, selling used cars at Johnson Auto Sales and also working with his son Dave of Construction Adventures, Joplin.

He later built a new home in “The Woods” with a large shop to build his many beloved classic cars.

Ken always loved a good joke and retold the really good ones.

He was a genuine man with an easy going and positive attitude
He loved his enormous family dearly and will be truly missed by so many friends and loved ones.