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Farming Rural 19


Walter Johnson

January 16, 1924 ~ May 22, 2019 (age 95)


Walter Johnson, 95, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born January 16th, 1924 in Greenwood, Missouri, the son of James Cloud and Carrie (Hale) Johnson. He departed this life on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019, at the Village House Hospice at John Knox Village.

Walter served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army’s 7th Calvary of the 1st Infantry, fighting in the Pacific theatre, including the Philippines and Occupied Japan. After WW II ended, he returned to Pleasant Hill, where he was a machinist at several companies in the Kansas City area.

On October 14, 1951 Walter was united in marriage to Georgia Fields in Pattonsburg, Missouri.  She preceded him in death on December 28, 2015.

Walter wanted to be remembered as a farmer, having farmed most of his life around Pleasant Hill. He was a lifelong beekeeper and avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 64 years, Georgia; one daughter, Mary Louise Johnson-Elves; his brothers, James Thomas (and Rosa) Johnson, Charles Edward (and Marie) Johnson, Terry (and Delores) Johnson;  and his sister Mary Jane Holtzclaw.

He is survived by two sons, James W. (and Helen) Johnson of Perry Michigan, and John R. Johnson of Grandview, Missouri; five grandchildren, Meagan Johnson of Indianapolis, Indiana, Kate (and Thomas) Johnson Niemisto of Hopkins, Minnesota, Karri Johnson and Reilly Johnson of Grandview, Missouri, and Hillary Johnson of Des Moines, Iowa; one great grandson, Rowan Cloud Johnson Smith of Indianapolis; other relatives and many friends.

Visitation was held one hour prior to the service.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 31, 2019, at the funeral home.  Graveside military services and interment were held in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, with full military honors by the U.S Army and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard. Casket bearers were Jim Johnson, John Johnson,David Kosfeld, Larry Kosfeld, H.A.Todd, & Paul Whaley.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the VFW Post #3118 Veteran’s Relief Fund or Village House Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (8160 540-5550


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