Arthur (Art) Edward Johnson Jr., 89, died on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Benton House Prairie Village with his wife and two daughters at his side. He was born July 19, 1926, in Kansas City, Kansas, to Arthur E. Johnson and Anna Anderson Johnson, who, along with his sisters, Alice Louise Johnson, Betty Ann Schmidt and Ruth Ellen Johnson preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Joanne Reynard Johnson, daughters Robyn Johnson Smith (Dave); Rebecca Johnson Williams (Vic); and his beloved grandchildren; Emily and Maggie Smith, and Ben and Claire Williams.
Art’s youth was spent at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kansas City, MO. He was a graduate of Rosedale High School, and after serving in the US Army during World War Two, attended Kansas City Kansas Junior College and the University of Kansas where he pledged Delta Tau Delta. Upon his marriage to Joanne, he became a member of Southridge Presbyterian Church, Roeland Park, KS, where he and Joanne spent over fifty years actively participating in the life of the church. Upon the retirement of his father, Art and his sister and brother-in-law became co-owners and operators of Johnson Hardware (now Prospero’s Bookstore), 1800 W. 39th St., Kansas City, MO, selling the store in 1983. Art then began the Sederson Management Co. with John Sederquist. He also served on the Roeland Park City Council and as Treasurer of Roeland Park. Most recently, Art was a proud member of the “Old Geezers” at the Sylvester Powell Community Center. Art never knew a stranger. A gregarious and out-going personality, he was always faithful to his many friends, calling them just to catch up on their news or to talk sports. Art enjoyed refereeing high school basketball and football for twenty years. He was an avid fan of KU basketball and football, never missed a game if he could help it, and traveled to cheer KU on in several Final Fours, including a National Championship in 1988.
Most of all Art enjoyed spending time with his family. His exuberant love of life, fun-loving spirit, and the support and enthusiasm he offered each of them will always be a part of their lives.
There will be a celebration of Art’s life at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 14th at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6306 Roe Ave, Prairie Village, KS, 66208 with visitation immediately following.
Memorials may be sent to Southminster Presbyterian Church or Sylvester Powell Community Center, 6200 Martway, Mission, KS, 66202.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.CremationCenterKC.com.
Arrangements: Cremation Center of Kansas City, 4926 Johnson Drive, Shawnee Mission, KS; 913-384-5566.