Denis Johnson
1952 - 2021
BORN
1952
DIED
2021
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Davis Funeral Chapel, Inc - Leavenworth
531 Shawnee
Leavenworth, KS
Denis Johnson
June 7, 1952 - May 15, 2021
Leavenworth, Kansas - Denis Duane Johnson, age 68 of Leavenworth, Kansas passed away at his home on May 15, 2021, with his wife Kathy and granddaughter Brooke by his side. Denis was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
Denis was born in Kansas City, Kansas on June 7, 1952 to Homer and Sibyl Johnson, and grew up in the Kansas City area. He graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1970 and married his high school sweetheart, Kathy, in 1972. They lived in Denver, Colorado after they were married before returning to the Kansas City area to raise their two children.
Denis retired from Mid-America Nazarene College in 2015 where he worked as the facilities director. Prior to Mid-America he also worked as the facilities director for the De Soto School District and the Lansing School District.
Denis enjoyed spending time with his family, playing his guitar and spending time outdoors . He was the best father and Papa his family could have ever wanted. He spent countless hours playing sports, hunting, fishing, playing make believe and playing games with his six grandchildren. He was always available to help with their schoolwork and scouting projects. When he was not spending time with his grandchildren, he was working in his yard and garden. His flower gardens are something to behold.
Denis and Kathy are members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Leavenworth. Denis loved playing his guitar in the praise team and was very active in the church. He was found many days volunteering at St. Paul's Buffet or working on a project at St. Paul's Lutheran School.
Denis leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Kathy; children Ricky Johnson (Colleen) and Sara Stafford (Ben); grandchildren, Brady Johnson, Conner Johnson, Dexter Johnson, Emmett Johnson, Brooke Worrall and Reed Stafford; brother, Larry Johnson (Cathy); sisters, Nora Eaken and Fran Benton (Steve), and many others in his loving, extended family.
Visitation will be held from 4 - 6 p.m. on Friday, May 21, 2021 and from 10 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2021 both at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 311 North 7th Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 311 North 7th Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Graveside service will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery at 701 North 94th Street, Kansas City, KS 66112.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the St. Paul Lutheran Church praise team. Condolences may be left on Denis's online guestbook at www.davisfuneralchapelinc.com. Arrangements entrusted to Davis Funeral Chapel.

Published by Kansas City Star on May 19, 2021.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
May
21
Visitation
4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
311 North 7th Street, Leavenworth, KS
May
22
Visitation
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
St Paul Lutheran Church
7th and Miami, Leavenworth, KS
May
22
Funeral service
11:00a.m.
St Paul Lutheran Church
7th and Miami, Leavenworth, KS
May
22
Graveside service
12:30p.m. - 12:45p.m.
Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery
at 701 North 94th Street, Kansas, KS
Funeral services provided by:
Davis Funeral Chapel, Inc - Leavenworth
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Denny, I first knew you when you were 7 and I was 17. Your gentleness, compassion, strength and courage amazed me even as a little boy. You seemed to go with the flow even during adversity. Though I haven't seen you much over the years, I have kept updated thru my children, Cheri and Brad. Always smiled when they told stories of their time with you during summers. You have applied your gentleness in situations where you felt challenged by your circumstances even through health challenges. Denny, that's just who you are. Never saw you working hard at it. It was just you! Others talk about you always with a smile. Sam only knew you briefly and said that there was something very special about you! Truly exemplify goodness. You've changed our lives and made a difference in the world.
laurene (johnson) griest
Family
May 24, 2021
Denis was indeed, a man after God's heart. He was well loved and appreciated at St Paul Lutheran Church and School. Heaven is his home now, though we below will miss him dearly. May God's loving hands touch his family and friends on earth as they mourn his loss.
Rhonda Crute
May 18, 2021
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