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Roy Francis Johnson Jr. “Junior”, age 72, of Lamar, Missouri, died unexpectedly Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Barton County Memorial Hospital.

Junior was born January 27, 1942, at Lamar, the only child of Roy F. and Gladys (Needham) Johnson.  He graduated from Lamar High School 1960 and was a life-long resident.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Junior worked for more than 25 years as a supervisor for O’Sullivan Industries and was proud to have been a Lamar firefighter for 50 years.   Always active and interested in his community, he served as an EMT and designed the patch currently used by Barton County EMS.  Junior was an active member of Lamar Metro Club, was a 3rd Degree Mason and 32nd Degree Shriner Abou Ben Adhem, as well as an officer in Eastern Star, loved working on cars and was a Ham Radio operator. He was a devoted member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Lamar.  Junior will be remembered by many for his famous chili.  He earned many awards throughout his years in chili cook-off competitions, highlighted by being named National Chili Champion.

On February 16, 1962, at Lamar, Junior married Dixie Lee Fasken, and she survives of the home.  Also surviving is a son, J.R. Johnson, Lamar; a daughter, Margie & husband D.J. Short, Warrensburg, Missouri; five grandchildren, Austin Johnson, Cheyenne Johnson, Warner Short, Lambert Short, and Velie Short; and a host of friends.

Funeral Mass will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 24th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Pat Teter officiating.

Rosary service will be at 6:00 pm Friday, January 23 at Daniel Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends following the Rosary service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bell Restoration Fund of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.



#9 Lamar, MO.Hazel Hoerman 2015-01-27 12:21
It is always sad to lose a classmate and sad that today is Junior's Birthday.But we all know he is rejoicing in Heaven without no more aches and pains.
Junior will always be remembered for so many things he was involved in and that he did to help others.
God Bless Dixie and all the family.
RIP Junior.You will be remembered by all "The Class of 1960".
#8 Tricia Eagon 2015-01-23 12:55
Junior was a special friend and neighbor. We had many thought-provoking conversations while standing at the white picket fence. A two dollar bill is still stashed in my wallet that he gave me with the advice to use it in an emergency. Among my collection of music, I will always treasure the oldie goldies that he downloaded for my enjoyment. He was a kind and thoughtful person and will be missed. God bless Dixie and family.
#7 LamarDayne Shoff 2015-01-23 09:51
Junior was not just a neighbor, fellow
Firefighter, Little League coach, Boy Scout adviser, but also a second dad to me. His son , JR and I grew up together just a block apart, and we did get into a lot of stuff!JR is one of my best friends and family too! So with my dad gone during the week ,Junior helped my mom correct the "boys". I got my first KC Chiefs' stocking hat from him and probably my desire to become a Firefighter not to mention a KC Chief's fan!We also had baseball discussions about the Cards and Cubs. Going to miss him! Prayers to the family as we know Junior believed in Jesus!
#6 Rogers, ARDan Payton 2015-01-23 09:31
My sympathy goes out to Junior's family for his loss. I knew him as a young kid with whom I used to play and walk to school in the early days.
#5 Lenexa, KsCheryl VanLaningham 2015-01-22 18:56
I am sorry, Dixie, to you and your family. I have many fun memories from the Little Balkans (Kansas State) chili cook-off. You and Junior made those 10 years a joy!
Cheryl (McLeod)
#4 Sheldon MoBetty Brasher 2015-01-22 16:39
Dixie I am so sorry to hear of Jr. Passing. We shared many years together down at the big O. I always thought of him as a very good friend. You are in my prayers, anything I can do for you I am only a phone call away.
#3 Lamar, Mo.Erlinda and David Roe 2015-01-22 11:10
Lord grant Eternal Rest and Peace to your faithful servant and let your Perpetual light shine upon him for eternity.

Our heartfelt condolences to Dixie and the entire family.

In Jesus Name we Pray.

#2 Lamar, MOGale Main 2015-01-22 10:08
I got to know Junior and Dixie when I would pass by their place during my walks and they would be detailing cars. He probably never knew, but I referred to him as my "walking buddy". We developed a special friendship, which I will always cherish. He enjoyed razzing me about the St. Louis Cardinals and I would come back with comments on his team, the Cubs. I'll never forget that special friendship we had.
You and your family will remain in my prayers, Dixie. You are such a strong person and your faith in God will see you through. God bless you.
#1 Joplin, MoJon Tupper 2015-01-21 15:39
I first meet Junior at a Chili Cook off, that was over 30 years ago. He and Dixie are suck great people and have worked so hard to help others. Junior will be greatly missed as a friend and as a fellow cook. Thoughts and prayers to the family and GOD bless.

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