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In Memory of

Gordon Clifford JOHNSON

December 1, 1926 - October 10, 2016

Obituary


Gordon C. Johnson, 89, of Shawnee, passed away Oct. 10, 2016. A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00pm, Thurs., Oct. 13th at Chapel Hill - Butler Funeral Home, 701 N. 94th St., Kansas City, KS 66112. Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Fri., Oct. 14th at the funeral home. Interment with Honors will follow at 1:30 pm at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Gordon Johnson Memorial Fund.
Gordon Clifford Johnson was born Dec. 1, 1926 in Rockford, IL. A Swedish American, he was the oldest of four children of Ebba and...

Gordon C. Johnson, 89, of Shawnee, passed away Oct. 10, 2016. A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00pm, Thurs., Oct. 13th at Chapel Hill - Butler Funeral Home, 701 N. 94th St., Kansas City, KS 66112. Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Fri., Oct. 14th at the funeral home. Interment with Honors will follow at 1:30 pm at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Gordon Johnson Memorial Fund.
Gordon Clifford Johnson was born Dec. 1, 1926 in Rockford, IL. A Swedish American, he was the oldest of four children of Ebba and Sven Arvid Johnson. Gordon graduated from Kewanee High School at 17 and was Salutatorian. He competed in basketball and football for the Boilermakers, playing in State championship games for both sports and was named to the "all state football team" as a tackle. The day before he turned 18, Gordon enlisted in the US Navy on November 30, 1944. In August of 1946, he was discharged from the Navy. Gordon received the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, the Victory Medal, and the American Area Campaign for his naval service. In August of 1949, he would marry Naomi Neville, a nurse who had served with the Nurses Corp for three years. Gordon taught at North Park Academy in Chicago and then at Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas until his retirement in the early 1990's. He was very active in the Community Covenant Churches in the area. Gordon was known for his slow, wry humor and his generous spirit.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arvid and Ebba Johnson; his beloved wife of 55 years, Naomi Johnson; and his brother, Howard Johnson.
Gordon is survived by his six children, Barbara Loyd (Allen); Timothy Johnson (Linda); Jan Brownson (Chuck); J. Chris Johnson (Erin); Julie Smith (Mark); and Mark Johnson (Suzie); his siblings, Carol Lewis, and Joann Stewart; his grandchildren, Alena Haskins (Vince), Heather Johnson, Jennifer Peters (Kyle), Branden Jones (Vanessa), Kris Johnson (Katie), Swede Johnson, Ann Brownson, Eric Brownson (Nicole), Mark Brownson, Irena Johnson, Stephanie Westburg (Evan), Cody Johnson, Lars Johnson, and Grace Johnson; his great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Katie, Bethany, Grace, Braden, Isabella, Marshal, Remington, McKenna, Sophie, Ellia, and Andrew; as well as many other family members and friends.