Michael David Johnson

March 25, 1956September 30, 2020

Michael David Johnson, 64, of Olathe Kansas passed away Wednesday September 30, 2020.

He was born on March 25, 1956 in Kansas City, MO to the late Paul Eugene Johnson and Peggy Elene Willmarth. Michael was a US Army veteran that enlisted in 1973 and was honorably discharged. He was happily employed as a game technician at the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, KS for the last 15 years. Among Michael’s many accomplishments are: licensed cosmetologist, graduating from Hays Hairdressing School in 1976, also attending Vocational-technical school in Ottawa, KS obtaining his certificate as an Electrical Systems Technician. Michael enjoyed his vintage arcade games, tinkering and collecting, we know, it’s in the living room. He was known to his children as the “Arcade Master”. His extensive vinyl record collection is impressive. Michael’s love of music touched us all. And let’s not forget the comic book collection all lovingly placed in their mylar sleeves. He loved laying in bed with his cats Kirk and Shadow. Michael had many loves in life: window fan blowing all year round, that of course, had been recently cleaned with his tiny fan cleaning brush, watching reruns of Twilight Zone and anything MeTV, his knowledge and recall of all things sci-fi astonished us all. Michael enjoyed many of life’s decadent pleasures whether it was too many ice cream sandwiches or his daily large fountain drink, a steak just off the grill, morning coffee with an extra shot of Hazelnut creamer, his American Spirits or the Casino, sharing a McDonald’s Big Mac or a stop at the Dolly Madison Bakery for sweets during a road trip back to Kansas City. His pockets always had candy or trinkets for the grandkids. That shirt pocket also held the infamous comb for grooming his many looks, mustache and beard, shaggy or trim . The car console held the hair brush.

“Forever Young” Michael was a friend, a father, a husband, a brother. We will miss his soft spoken gentle soul and quirky smile. You were our North Star. “Fly high with the Angels Michael”.

Michael is survived by his partner and wife of 30 years, Susan Lynette Johnson; children: Eli Joseph Johnson, James Hiatt, Johnathan " Mikey" Hiatt, Paul Eugene Johnson and Beverly LeeAnne Brooks; grandchildren: Zachary, Blake and Emily Johnson, Dakoda Knedlik, Drake Johnson and Mason Freed-Johnson; sisters: Paula J. Johnson-Browne and Judy Raydo; niece, Tina Marie Browne; nephews: Zach S. Finley, Chris and David Klamm; great-niece, Sierra A. Browne-Jenkins; cousins; Toni, Dee and Chris Clark, Pam Manthei, Penny Solis, Mary Whitson, Trish Myers.

Due to COVID a private family “Celebration of Life” gathering will be held at the McGilly and Frye Funeral Home in Olathe, KS. Masks Are Required. Please post and share your thoughts and memories with the family.


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Sally Peterson

October 21, 2020

Michael, I am so going to miss you. Who else am I going to give those Girl Scout cookies too!

The girls and I are going to miss going to visit you at the GWL!

You will always be my brother-n-law!😘

Peace and love.

Paula Johnson -Browne

October 21, 2020

Michael...I miss you ! You have left us too soon. I miss calling you to vent about daily life and all the crazy things going on around us. Even though you were a man of few words you were always there.
Our family get together's and all the bad pictures won't be the same.
I cherish the time we had together and all the memories, good and bad, we made. Love you ... till we meet again

Tom Hansen

October 17, 2020


You will be missed by many at Great Wolf Lodge and Family entertainment Group.
It was a pleasure to work beside you the last 15.5 years.
I will really miss our times venting to each other about life's difficulties and problems.
We've had some good times and I all ready miss seeing you come in here to work.
Until we meet again,

Kacee Knedlik

October 9, 2020

We love you so much Papa Mike! There will always be a place in our hearts for you! Thank you for being there for us sometimes when knowone else was! The Great Wolf Lodge was always a favorite hanging spot for you grandsons! We will miss you so much. Dakoda talks about you everyday and is struggling with the loss and Drake said he will miss the Great Wolf Lodge and all the candy you always had in your pocket for him and I will miss the years of good memories and long deep conversations and fun father daughter like relationship we had! I love you Michael Johnson ❤! It's not goodbye its see you later! Fly high with the angels! RIP!

Love always,
Kacee, Dakoda, and Drake


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