OBITUARY

Les Johanning

February 14, 1938July 8, 2018
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Les Johanning, 80, of Kokomo passed away July 8, 2018. Les was born February 14, 1938 in Remsen, Iowa to Frank and Josephine (Johannes) Johanning.

Les graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel in 1957 in Wilmont, Minnesota and went on to serve in the Army as a helicopter mechanic, spending time in Korea. He moved to Indiana in 1961where he founded Fleet Supply/Big R with his partners Emil and Teresa Johanning. He was on the Board of Directors for Mid-States Distribution Group. Les was an avid hunter, fisherman and snowmobiler, spending as much time as he could at his chalet in Cadillac, Michigan. He also enjoyed traveling around the country in his motor homes. While he lived in Kokomo, he attended Mass at St. Joan of Arc Church. Les was a fantastic storyteller and prankster, he never met a stranger and was known for his catchphrase “Cocktails!” He loved all of his extended family, from kids and grandkids, to his family of employees at Big R. Les will be greatly missed, but his stories will go on.

In addition to his parents, Les was preceded in death by his brother, Don “Judge” Johanning and his grandson, Jake Graf.

Les is survived by his brother Rich (Pat) Johanning; sister-in-law, Kathy Johanning; partner of 33 years, Birdella Kesling; children, Wally (Janie) Johanning, Todd (Latrina) Johanning, Jeff (Larry) Johanning, and Pam (Kevin) Graf; grandchildren, Aaron, Michael, Austin, Kayla, Cody, Madison, Max, Lorenzo, Loren and Kemoni; and several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends Thursday, July 12 from 4-8pm at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, 2097 W. Alto Road, Kokomo 46902, and Friday, July 13 from 10-11am at St. Joan of Arc Church, 3155 County Rd S 200 W, Kokomo 46902 with service to follow at 11am, officiated by Father Arbuckle. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jacob “Jake” Graf Memorial Scholarship though the Cass County Community Foundation: https://casscountycf.org/pages/donate/9

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Burial Friday, July 13, 2018
REMEMBERING

Les Johanning

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From the Family

July 11, 2018

This was our last Christmas with my dad. So glad he was able to spend this special day with us. We had so many great Christmases with him. He loved spending time with his kids and grandkids! Miss and love you dad!

Tyler Ness

July 11, 2018

The Johanning Family,

I will always remember the winter trip to Grandpa Les' Michigan getaway! The snowmobiles and fun we had is something that will never be forgotten (especially my brother hitting a tree)! He was always cheerful to be around and a lot of fun! Thinking of you all and sending thoughts and prayers your way. While he is gone from the earth, his memories will live on in all of us. Growing up, you guys were like a second family to me and I am sorry I won't be able to make it to the viewing or funeral. May we remember the good times we all had with Grandpa Les and not let those memories fade.

Ty Ness

From the Family

July 11, 2018

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July 11, 2018

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July 11, 2018

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Pam Graf

July 11, 2018

Pam Graf

July 11, 2018

whitey voss

July 10, 2018

Les was one of my closest friend that I ever had. We attended grade school together and graduated from high school . Over the years we kept in close contact. In fact just a couple days before he died we had a nice conversation.
As we grew up there were four of us who were very close. This included Dave Hendel, Jack Probst, myself and Les. We had so many fond memories growing up . I will miss him immensely.
Whitey Voss

Jeff Johanning

July 9, 2018