OBITUARY

Martin Olof Johnson

June 24, 1931December 1, 2012

Martin Olof Johnson, of Prairie Village, Kansas, lost his brave fight with lung cancer at his home early December 1, 2012. Born June 24, 1931 to Martha and Olof Johnson, he grew up in Brookside and was a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area. Martin attended Southwest High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon returning from service, he worked at Hallmark where he met his wife, Jo Ann Lewis. They married in 1958 at First Lutheran Church and built their house in what is now Prairie Village in 1959. They joined Hillcrest Covenant Church in 1965 and Martin continued his career at Certain- Teed for many years. Martin filled his time bowling on several leagues and even bowled semi- professionally. He loved watching basketball, football and all sports as well as playing chess. He had a passion for James Bond movies and classical music and was a season ticket holder to the Kansas City Symphony for many years. The Johnson family took many trips to Colorado visiting family as well as trips throughout the United States. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Overland Park, Old Mission, and Ivanhoe. Martin was Past Master at Old Mission Lodge and was a member of the Scottish Rite. Recently he had worked with the Masons raising funds for the new University of Kansas Cancer Center and also volunteered with the CHIP Child Identification & Protection Program. Martin was also a member of the B.P.O. Elks #26, serving as secretary and treasurer for many years and was a former member of the Shriners. Martin is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Jo Ann, daughters, Sheri (Gary) Leffert, Dana (Dave) Gordon, and grandchildren, Kimberly Gordon and Joshua Leffert. Martin was preceded in death by parents, Martha and Olof Johnson, and granddaughter, Grace Gordon. Visitation and Masonic service will be Wednesday evening, December 5th at 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 105th and Holmes, Kansas City, Missouri. A celebration of life will be Thursday, December 6th at 1:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Covenant Church at 87th and Nall Avenue. The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas Masonic Foundation Cancer Endowment Fund, 320 Southwest 8th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66603, Hillcrest Covenant Church, 8801 Nall Avenue, Prairie Village, Kansas 66207, or Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care, 9221 Ward Parkway #100, Kansas City, Missouri 64114. Online condolences may be shared at www.mtmoriah-freeman.com.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, December 5, 2012
  • Memorial Service Thursday, December 6, 2012
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Martin Olof Johnson

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Sue Anderson

December 12, 2012

So sorry to learn of Martin's passing. He will be missed - always enjoyed his smile and laugh. I pray you find peace in your memories. Sue

December 12, 2012

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Cabot White

December 5, 2012

Dana,
We are very sorry for the loss of your father. I know you guys were very close.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family

Bro. Duane Marshall

December 5, 2012

Rest well, Brother

December 5, 2012

We are so saddened by Martin's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Martin was inspirational at Old Mission Lodge to myself
and all Brothers whom he met. He always gave us guidance and wisdom.
He was a consummate Mason and man. Those of us who knew him will always
strive to live up to his example. Lyn and Bobbe Beyer

Bob

December 4, 2012

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Johnson. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

December 4, 2012

Sheri, So sorry about your dad. Our prayers are with you and your family during this time. Bruce and Mary

FROM THE FAMILY