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2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, AR
Roy Lewis Johnson
Published: November 5, 2017
Roy Lewis Johnson (Feb. 25, 1926 – Nov. 1, 2017) was born in Sharp County, Ark., the sixth of eight children of Leona Ida Salzbrenner and Lewis McCorbin Johnson. He graduated from high school in Seneca, Mo., and was a Naval veteran, serving in Oahu, Hawaii from 1944 to 1946, and as a civilian employee until his return to the US in 1947.
Roy married Joyce Weldon in Neosho, Mo., in 1949 and they have three children, Doug, Kathy, and Roger. He was employed by General Electric for 18 years in Missouri and Kansas. In 1965, he became the Operations manager for Midland International in Kansas City where he eventually became a Vice President, helping to grow the company in many ways.
In 1975, Roy went to work for Wood Specialty Products as a Vice President, in Harrisonville, Mo., and then Rogers, Ark. He and Joyce moved to Bella Vista in 1988 where he retired in 1991. He is a past president of the Kansas Jaycees, and served as a precinct committeeman, campaign manager, and Police Commissioner in Overland Park, Kan. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista.
Roy's greatest purpose and joy in life was contributing to the happiness of his family. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Joyce, his children, Doug (Melissa), Kathy (the late Ron Martin), and Roger (Jill), four grandchildren and their spouses, five great-grandchildren, a sister, Shirley Gray (Bill) of Wisconsin, and many nieces and nephews and their families.
A Service of Worship and Gratitude will be held Wednesday, November 8, 1:30 p.m., at the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista. Memorials may be made to the church or a charity of your choice.
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