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Vernon D. Johnson

December 11, 1937 — May 16, 2022


Vernon Johnson, 84, of Shawnee, KS, passed away Monday, May 16, 2022, at home with his family by his side.

Vernon was born in Hallowell, Kansas and lived in Shawnee, Kansas for the last 55 years. In his teenage years he was an exceptional athlete who became an avid sports fan and fisherman. Vernon was a loving and giving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He had a genuine, happy, energetic, generous, uplifting personality that enriched the lives of his family, friends, and business associates throughout his life. An innocent spirit of youth, coupled with a strong sense of self-esteem helped empower Vernon to become a successful, resilient entrepreneur who fearlessly pursued his dreams while fostering the dreams of others.

Vernon’s love of cars shaped his childhood & motivated him to own 18 cars by the time he was 18 years old. During his last 7 years when he survived a fall and became paralyzed, he continued to enjoy activities where he became an expert and visionary in 5 Crowns- a pattern and number recognition card game.

He always felt blessed to have married the love of his life Janice Nading on June 7, 1958, in Oswego, KS who preceded him in death. Survivors include his daughter Debra Simmons, Shawnee, KS; son Alan Johnson, Overland Park, KS; 4 grandsons Grant & his wife Katie Simmons; Alex & his wife Kaleigh Simmons, Neil Johnson, Aidan Johnson, 1 great granddaughter Summer Simmons.

Vernon loved his place at Truman Lake because it always brought & will continue to bring his family together. The family suggests contributions to the Truman Lake Association. For information on where to send checks, or Venmo to @Debra-Simmons-30.

Funeral will be held in small groups online. Times will be scheduled the weeks of May 30th & June 6th. Please contact Debra at to find out times. We would love to hear your stories about Vernon.

In life nothing is guaranteed but God’s love and grace, use your time wisely and bless those around you.

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