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Johnson, Frederick W. “Bill”

Johnson, Frederick W. “Bill”

October 9, 1936 — July 8, 2020

Frederick William "Bill" Johnson, 83, passed away July 8, 2020, at his home surrounded by family. He fought a five-year battle with cancer, throughout which he never quit helping his family, friends and church whenever asked.

Bill was born in Festus, MO, on October 9, 1936, to Elmo and Tileta Johnson. He grew up in Festus, graduated from Festus High School, and moved to the Kansas City area in 1955 to attend William Jewell College. Bill served in the U. S. Army from 1959 to 1961 and completed Reserve duty in 1965. He was united in marriage to Karen Bowers-Phillippie in 1975.

Bill's career with the Clay County Sheriff's Department spanned 36 years. Bill was a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church over 45 years. He sang in the choir for 20 years as well as singing at revivals, weddings and funerals. Bill enjoyed traveling the United States by driving, not flying, and was a dedicated member of the PVBC Disaster Relief group, now Clay Platte Disaster Relief. Bill was also "Buck" in the PVBC Clown Ministry. In his younger days, he loved roller skating and working the floors at Winnwood to keep the kids safe.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Roy and Howard; and daughter, Tracy. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 45 years, Karen; daughter, Shelly; grandchildren, Melanie (Steve), Michael and Celina; great granddaughter, Charlie Kay; sons-in-law, Doug Reinsch and Bruce Boyd; nephew, Lee Johnson; nieces, Tileta Burkhead (Howell), Robin Grossman (Ed) and Sue Ann Zessinger (Dan); as well as many great nieces and nephews, other family members and countless friends.

Visitation will begin at 10:30 am, followed by a celebration of Bill's life, including honors by the Clay County Sheriff's Department and the US Army, beginning at 12 noon, on Saturday, July 11, in the Worship Center at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North State Route 291, Liberty, MO. Masks are required in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Clay Platte Disaster Relief, 11701 Plattsburg Road, Kearney, MO 64048.

Service Information

Visitation will begin at 10:30 am, followed by a celebration of Bill’s life, including honors by the Clay County Sheriff’s Department and the US Army, beginning at 12 noon, on Saturday, July 11, in the Worship Center at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North State Route 291, Liberty, MO. Masks are required in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Clay Platte Disaster Relief, 11701 Plattsburg Road, Kearney, MO 64048.

Johnson, Frederick W. “Bill”'s Guestbook

I worked with Bill at the Clay County Sheriff's Department. He was one of the finest men I have ever met. We traveled some together on business and he sang at my father's funeral service. Recently, I have been trying to make contact with him. I waited too long. My heart goes out to his family. Rest in peace Bill. I have no doubt whatsoever that you are now among many friends and loved ones for eternity.

Jim Sayre

We are so very sad to learn this news as we love you and your family so much! Yet we know where Bill is and likely he has the tallest, most gorgeous shade tree ever on his lot! Bill and Karen and Shelly and Bruce and family - You are treasured in our hearts! Always! We miss you all, and we will definitely miss Bill :-) - Galen, Teresa, Meyana and Braxten

Herbic Family

To an amazing cousin!! Always a great sense of humor, and one of the most beautiful voices I could sit and listen to for hours on end!!! Will always remember you and your brothers, as well as Aunt Tiletta and Uncle Elmo!!

Lynn (Susie Rudisaile) Gardiner

Karen, I am praying for your comfort and God's blessings. I am sorry I never got to know your sweet husband. What an interesting guy! You certainly have a lot of wonderful memories to bless you in days ahead. Joyce (Kelly) Hendley

Joyce Kelly Hendley

You shook my hand week after week and always had a smile! Heaven is celebrating!

Gary and Jan Venable

Always smiling and welcoming to all. Bill was a true inspiration during his bout with cancer. A role model of strength and courage. I will miss him.

Jim and Amy Phillippie

For the many years we went to PVBC, one of the most wonderful constants we would encounter each Sunday was Bill's wonderful smile and friendly greeting. I loved chatting with him and must admit there were times when I sought him out as we we entering the sanctuary, just to see his smile and say hello. Bill, my brother you will be missed. Can't wait to you again someday in heaven. I just hope that you will be one of the greeters at the gates.

Ace Chambers

Bill was always such a nice man. He greeted everyone with a big smile and firm handshake. He was a warm and caring presence at the church for so many events.

Nancy Daugherty

Heartfelt sympathies to Karen and family. I will remember him fondly always. My best memory is when he came to Florida for Royals dream week. We had a good time and I still have his dream weeks players card tucked in the front of my Bible. Rest easy my friend.

Craig M Walker

Sweet Grandpa Bill, there is so much peace knowing you are dancing with the Lord. I had the pleasure of meeting you through the union of Steve and Melanie. You made such an impact on me during our talks. You asked me to make you a promise and I will still hold true to that promise. Fly high Grandpa Bill!

Tina Otten and Family

Bill will be missed. He was a good Christian man who gave of himself relentlessly. He was a wonderful husband to my friend Karen. We used to tease her about how Bill spoiled Karen. He did! He always had a smile and was as pleasant as pleasant can be. I’m sure Heaven welcomed Bill with open arms and angels were/are rejoicing. Jesus please surround my friend Karen and family with peace only you can supply. ❤️❤️

Susan Carleton

Bill was a WONDERFUL man, who truly loved his family and friends. He will be sorely missed by all that knew him. Knowing Bill was a Blessing and I know he's in Heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know he is Resting in Peace for eternity.

Leslie A Burt (Boyd)

I'm blessed to have known Bill and always enjoyed seeing him at church and Lesters concerts. May God comfort you, Karen, and his family during this time.

Stacey Hamby

Karen, you and your and Bill's family and friends are in my prayers for comfort now and in the days ahead. He had a great attitude-he gave God the thanks and glory for keeping him as healthy as he was for these last years. Bill is not "lost", we know where he is and he is healed! While we can rejoice and praise our Lord in that fact, it doesn't mean we don't grieve. Those who attended PVBC's old location have some wonderful memories of Bill from when we were doing Easter pageants at the old PVBC location; the Christmas tree at the new. Not seeing Bill at door 1 on the new campus has been difficult-he always had a warm greeting for everyone. He will be missed by me and so many others. You are especially in my prayers for comfort. Remember, you are not alone. Love and prayers, Linda W. or as Bill used to say-"Wiese's Pieces"

Linda Wiese

I am so sorry for your loss. So difficult letting your loved one go. You know Bill is on a mission. He is home making a place for his loved ones.

Joan Boyd

Bill i miss you greatly it has been almost a year since i seen you but i remember praying for you everyday and how every sunday when you saw me you would give me a hug R.I.P

Donna Nelson

Bill always brightened my day ! ☀️ I will remember him fondly.❤️

Kelly Sander

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