OBITUARY

Harold David Johnson

February 28, 1924January 10, 2019
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Harold David Johnson, 94, Columbia, MO, passed away on Thursday, January 10th, 2019 at his home in Columbia, MO surrounded by family.

Visitation will be on Friday, January 18th, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia, MO. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am at the church on Saturday, January 19, 2019 with Rev. Fred Leist officiating with full military honors. Inurnment will be in Memorial Prayer Garden at The Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia, MO at a later date.

Harold was born on February 28th, 1924 in Verona, MO the son of John Edwin Johnson and Docia Mae (Smith) Johnson who preceded him in death. He was a veteran of the US Marines serving during WWII. Harold was married in 1949 to Lonetta Gallion.

In 1952 he received a M.A. Degree in Cell Physiology and joined the Department of Dairy Science. As a graduate student, in 1956, he was awarded his PhD in Dairy Science and in 1965 he was awarded full professor. Major research teaching and extension responsibilities were in the field of diary management and production. Research related to environmental effects on growth, lactation and reproduction of diary cattle. He was published in journal articles, chapters, books, abstracts and numerous scientific publications. He had 95 graduate students in Dairy Science. He led numerous international symposiums in Washington DC, courses and lectures. He was also the recipient of many international awards and achievements.

He was an active member of the Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia Missouri for over 60 years and longtime member of Kiwanis.

Survivors include: his wife of 70 years, Lonetta Johnson. Three daughters, Deborah Goller and husband Don of Hedgesville, WV., (Three grandchildren: Summer, Alyssa and Jon and seven great-grandchildren) Tina Blanck and husband Mark of Kansas City, MO (Four grandchildren: Mark Jr., Jillian, Aaron and Jaclyn and great-grand daughter Marie); Leah Johnson and husband Jim of Columbia, MO (Two grandsons: Riley and Hayden); one son, Michael Johnson and wife Mariel of Tuscon, AZ.(One grand daughter Jennifer and two great- grandsons) His siblings include one brother, William Johnson and wife Joan of Valentine NE; one sister, Thelma Rockwell of Jonesboro, AR. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Central Missouri Honor Flight c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202 or Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia, MO.

  • FAMILY

  • Survivors include: his wife of 70 years, Lonetta Johnson. Three daughters, Deborah Goller and husband Don of Hedgesville, WV., (Three grandchildren: Summer, Alyssa and Jon and seven great-grandchildren) Tina Blanck and husband Mark of Kansas City, MO (Four grandchildren: Mark Jr., Jillian, Aaron and Jaclyn and great-grand daughter Marie); Leah Johnson and husband Jim of Columbia, MO. (Two grandsons: Riley and Hayden); one son, Michael Johnson and wife Mariel of Tuscon, AZ.(One grand daughter Jennifer and two great- grandsons) His siblings include one brother, William Johnson and wife Joan of Valentine NE; one sister, Thelma Rockwell of Jonesboro, AR.
  • DONATIONS

  • Central Missouri Honor Flight
  • Missouri United Methodist Church

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 19, 2019
REMEMBERING

Harold David Johnson

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Karla Spencer Deaver

January 23, 2019

I was one of Dr. Johnson's graduate students in dairy science at MU. Dr. Johnson was not only a talented and dedicated researcher and teacher, but a great mentor. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Praying you all find peace and comfort in your memories.

Kathy and Keith Miller

January 20, 2019

Harold was a great neighbor for twenty years. We never saw him without a smile, except the one time when one or two neighbors were unwilling to hook up to city services. Harold was always willing to lend a hand, like the time we decided to beautify the neighborhood entrance. He and Loretta always loved seeing the children especially at halloween. Oh how we all miss the fun we had with Harold and Loretta living on top of our lovely Timber hill.

Virginia Allen

January 17, 2019

I was sorry to hear of Harold's passing. Harold faithfully attended Missouri United Methodist Church and I will miss seeing him every Sunday. Church will not be the same without him.

Phil Warnken

January 16, 2019

Harold was a wonderful academic colleague. He invited me to many international events and activities and was always supportive in every effort I was involved in. I think he attended every seminar I gave each year. After he and I retired from MU, we would run into each other at the hardware store, a restaurant or elsewhere and he was always the same person he had always been--warm, friendly, encouraging. We shared responsibilities in advising several graduate students and he was always a great advisor. I had not seen him for several years, but often thought about him. I will greatly miss him.

Phil Warnken
Prof. Emeritus
Agricultual Economics

Roy and Barbara Robinson

January 15, 2019

We are blessed to have a long friendship with Harold. We shared a passion for travel with Harold and Lonetta. We shared 12 trips internationally.
One of our most recent was a river cruise from Romania to Vienna. In Budapest, Hungary, Harold and I walked to the massive indoor market. Harold wanted to shop. I ran an errand a few blocks away. When I returned Harold was missing. I searched the whole two floors, but no Harold. I returned to our ship to see if he had returned. He had not. I told Barbara that I had a chance of being remembered as “the Guy who lost Harold”. I went back to the market and found him. Infamy averted. What a wonderful man.

Katie Kane

January 15, 2019

Mike and I and our sons will really miss seeing Harold in his straw hat on the mower next summer. He was ever the elder statesman of our neighborhood . Our deepest condolences to Lonetta and to the entire family. He will be missed by so many.

Katie & Mike Kane

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