Kenneth L. Johnson
Oct. 16, 1943 - Jan. 7, 2021
Ken was born in McCook, NE Oct. 16, 1943, to George and Ruth (Anderson) Johnson. He attended both Bethany Nazarene College and Central State University. On June 19, 1965, he married Linda McDaniel. They raised two sons, Steven and David, and one daughter, Amy, in Edmond, OK. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ruth Johnson. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda; and children, Steve, wife Kara and children, Abbagael and Zack; David, wife Lisa and children, Audrey and Ava; and Amy, husband Joe and children, Sam and Ella; and siblings, Don, Shirley, Colleen, Diane, and Allen, and their spouses; as well as a whole host of other incredibly meaningful family. He also leaves behind so many beloved church friends and his newly adopted family at Mercy hospital.
Ken was a passionate man who loved many things. He loved singing, telling stories, eating, walking (especially going to see his friends at Target), coffee, collecting guns, shooting, and hunting. He loved all kinds of music, especially blue grass, gospel quartets, and steel guitar. He loved electronics, mechanical and technological gadgets of all kinds; cars, computers, airplanes, tractors, steam engines, and his curious and inquisitive mind wanted to know how each one of them worked. He had a deep and abiding love for his family and enjoyed journaling all our memories and was meticulous in recording of family events and gatherings of family history. He was extremely patriotic, served his country as a member of the Army and believed in freedom and democracy. He loved to vacation with family, especially spending time with them in the mountains of Colorado and Branson, MO. But most of all, Ken loved his church and his Lord. He served at Waterloo Church of the Nazarene for 30 years as the music leader, taught Sunday school for over 50 years, and loved to share his faith with Jesus with anyone who would listen and led many to the Lord through his work and his hobbies. Every meeting, professionally or personally, was an opportunity to share his deep faith.
His family has described him as: loving, compassionate, charismatic, strong, disciplined, sentimental, knowledgeable, steady, gentle, passionate, thoughtful, embracing, and wise. He was a mentor and an example to all who met him. His last words to his grandkids were, "Read your Bible and live for Jesus."
Visitation will be held at the Waterloo Church of the Nazarene on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m., followed by Funeral Services to be held at 2 p.m.
Livestreaming Information of the funeral service can be found on the Matthews Funeral Home website or at the Waterloo Church of the Nazarene Facebook page.