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William Henry Johnson
Jun 19,1961---Feb 28,2017

Bill began his life journey on June 19, 1961, the tenth child of Dale and Grace Johnson. Bill grew up in the big, yellow house at 5345 Woodland and attended St Theresa of the Little Flower Elementary School. While living there, Bill became friends with Joe Bryde and they developed a friendship that has lasted throughout the years. In 1971 the Johnson family moved to the Brookside area. Bill finished his elementary years at St. Peter’s School and while there he met other good friends: Laura Rogge, Kathy Highly and Toby Pils. Together Bill, Joe, Laura, Kathy and Toby enjoyed many good times that followed into their high school years at Bishop Hogan High and afterwards. Bill would fondly recall memories and tell good stories involving their antics. Bill continued his education and earned an Associate’s Degree from Penn Valley Community College along with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Phoenix University.

 

Bill made his career in the hotel, food and beverage industry. Bill was proud of his achievements while working, one in particular in which he was responsible for turning declining sales at a hotel lobby bar into a significant profit. This achievement led to various roles for Bill with Palmentere Brothers, American Bottling and Consentino Brothers. Bill worked for Lukas Wine and Spirits at the time of his death. Wherever Bill worked, he made friends easily and proved to be a dedicated, loyal and hardworking employee. Bill earned the respect of his co-workers, employers, and customers.

 

Several years ago Bill fostered a destitute pit bull named “Braveheart” from Wayside Waifs. With great care, Braveheart thrived and Bill eventually adopted him. Braveheart proved to be a loving companion with a lot of personality and a source of great comfort for Bill especially as he battled his final illness.

 

Bill was a young-spirited, loving brother, uncle and friend. Bill had a kind heart and would help whoever would be in need; He had the ability to challenge us to our limits.....but non-the-less still showing his love for family. He was especially good to his nephews and nieces. Onetime Bill accompanied a niece to her Father-Daughter dance. Another niece he helped when she was sick and in a full leg brace due to knee surgery. And we must mention the times of helping the nephews to drive a car. Bill loved his family and it meant a lot to him when we would get together for meals and storytelling. And yes, he could tell some stories; some of which would bring tears of laughter! Bill was a person who stayed strong in their convictions. This trait of Bill’s more often than not won out when in a discussion, or more aptly said, disCUSSing. This strength showed itself through the years as Bill proved to be fiercely independent even into his painful last days. Bill taught us many things that are important to life; faith, strength, courage, dignity, comfort, humility, forgiveness, and love. When we told him we loved him, he would always reply “Love you more”.

 

Bill began his final journey in June 2016 when he was diagnosed with advanced Multiple Myeloma. Bill fought a good fight and throughout his struggle maintained a positive attitude. His favorite response when asked how he feeling was “It’s all good”. Bill always bantered with the nurses from the KU Cancer Center where he received his treatments. When Bill showed up for treatments, the faces of the nurses would light up. To show his appreciation to family for their help while he was ill, Bill hosted and prepared a fried chicken wing dinner along with Italian cookies. Bill was an excellent cook and how he had the energy to do that only God knows. Bill drew his strength from his faith, family and friends. Bill was reborn into eternal life on February 28, 2017. As he passed, the heavens received Bill with a stunning light show of intense lightening and drum rolling thunder. Talk about a grand entrance through the Pearly Gates!!

 

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Grace Johnson, and sister Karen Whited. Bill leaves behind Steve (Gloria) Johnson, David (Eileen) Johnson, Franny (Ron) Schwartz, Patty Fries, John (Kathy) Johnson, Clare (Gary) Kapperman, Therese (David) Kearney and Bernie (Joe) Sandbrink; 25 nieces and nephews, 31 great-nieces and nephews, and beloved friends Joe Bryde, Laura Rogge, Kathy Highly and Toby Pils.<p>

 

 
 

Services will be held on Monday, March 6, 2017 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, Blue Springs, Mo., with a Rosary at 9:30 am, Visitation from 10:00 to 11:30 am followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:30. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery at 2:30 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Wayside Waifs.

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Visitation
Location:
St. John LaLande Catholic Church
Address:
801 NW R.D. Mize Road
City:
Blue Springs
State:
Missouri
Zip Code:
64015
Date of Service:
Mar 06 ,2017
Time of Service:
10:00 am
Additional Information:

Rosary at 9:30 am, Visitation from 10:00 to 11:30 am

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Funeral Mass
Location:
St. John LaLande Catholic Church
Address:
801 NW R.D. Mize Road
City:
Blue Springs
State:
Missouri
Zip Code:
64015
Date of Service:
Mar 06 ,2017
Time of Service:
11:30 am
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Interment
Location:
Mt. Olivet Cemetery
Address:
7601 Blue Ridge Blvd.
City:
Kansas City
State:
Missouri
Zip Code:
64138
Date of Service:
Mar 06 ,2017
Time of Service:
2;30 pm
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No Additional Information Added
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