Michael Lee Johnson, 61, was born on Dec. 23, 1951, to Kenneth and Alta Johnson (both deceased), of Rockville. He passed away Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in Kansas City.
Michael grew up as a young boy in Kansas City until moving to Rockville in 1963. He attended school in Appleton City and began his career as a bricklayer after the 11th grade.
Michael was brother to Kenneth Johnson, Gary Johnson, David Johnson and Robert Johnson (deceased).
He married Johannah Maxine Monteil of Rockville on Nov. 12, 1978, in Appleton City. They had three children: Jennier Jo Nall, married to Dan Nall, Joseph Frederick Arcand, married to Adrienne Gunzel, and Jody Elaine Hellwig, married to Kaleb Hellwig. He was grandfather to Dennis Buckley – Clinton, Davin Buckley – El Dorado Springs, Garrett and Shelby Nall – El Dorado Springs, Natalie, Alyssa and Kaitlin Arcand – Lansing, KS, Kinley and Kie Hellwig – Appleton City. He was uncle to very many nieces and nephews.
Mike was a very accomplished bricklayer and stonemason. He continued the family trade for over 30 years.
Mike loved the outdoors and was involved in saddle clubs, trail rides, fishing trips and family campouts.
Mike loved spending time with the grandkids and was always excited about seeing his grandbabies. He always looked forward to being on the riverbanks, fishing for that trophy flathead or just that pan-sized catfish. Any fish that was caught was used for fish fries, where every friend and family member was invited.
Mike was always interested in traveling, taking his family to live in Alaska while he worked on fishing boats, living in Oklahoma working on oil rigs and traveling to visit his children who lived all over the United States. Even after years of living away from Rockville, he eventually made his way back home to live out the rest of his life.
Those who knew Mike will always consider him a true friend. He will be missed by all who ever met him.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 19, in Hill and Son Funeral Home, Appleton City (www.hillandson.net), with Reverend Jonathon Deiley officiating. Honorary casketbearers were Richard Hampton, Dennie Eye, Kent Coleman, Dave Lisher, Dennis Williamson and Merle Barbour