Dr. Warner Walz Johnson, 93, formerly of 704 Ridgewood Drive, Quincy, died at 5:12 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 22, 2013) in Sunset Home. Warner was born Aug. 26, 1920, in Hays, Kan., a son of E. Warner and Kathryn Walz Johnson. He was a 1938 graduate of Hoxie High School (formerly Sheridan Community High School) in Hoxie, Kan. He graduated from the school of horology at Bradley University and earned his doctorate at the Institute of Social Research in Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Johnson enlisted in the U.S. Army in World War II and served in New Guinea, the Philippines and in the occupation of Japan. He operated a retail store in Hoxie for 10 years before studying horology. He worked at Weiser's Jewelers in Peoria before moving to Quincy in 1961. He retired as director of the School of Horology at Gem City College in 1986 and was named director emeritus and served as a consultant. He was a former member of the American Legion and the VFW. He was a member of Hoxie Masonic Lodge No. 348 AF& AM, Quincy Consistory and Mohammed Shrine in Peoria. He was a member of Psi Delta Omega horology fraternity, Cedar Crest Country Club where he was an avid golfer, and a member of the Elks Lodge in Quincy. He was a former member of the Jewelers' Association in Missouri and Illinois, and a former member of the National and American Watchmakers' Institute. Warner was preceded in death by his parents. Services: 3 p.m. Friday in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, Quincy. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Hoxie Cemetery, Hoxie, Kan. VISITATION: Friday from 2 p.m. until the time of services in the funeral home. MEMORIALS: Gem City College Scholarship Foundation ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, Quincy. WEBSITE: www.hansenspear.com
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Dec. 24 to Dec. 26, 2013