David Gregory Johnson,72, of Jefferson City, Missouri, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family on February 2, 2021, from complications related to MDS.
He was born on February 23, 1948, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to parents Mary Louise Weber and Rev. Wright Ramsett Johnson.
He graduated from South Side High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and received a B.S. in Social Studies Education and a Masters in Curriculum Development and Educational Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
In his lifetime, David worked as an educator, community organizer, small business owner, and technology consultant. He was a Network Architect and Troubleshooter with IBM from 1996, until he retired in 2013.
David was a lifelong learner, voracious reader, and expert debater who always kept up to date on news and politics. He was known for his wide eyes, big smile, and expressive “Johnson eyebrows.” He was a committed fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and an active member of Grace Episcopal Church. He was a cherished friend and mentor who helped many people through difficult times.
Family was an abundant and celebratory part of David’s life and his memory will live on in those he loved. He married his high school sweetheart, Janie Eleanore Johnson (Bleeke) on August 19, 1967, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and they have called Jefferson City home since 1979.
He is survived by his wife, Janie, his five children, and their spouses: Scott and Leeann Johnson (Columbia, MO), Chris and D’Arcy Johnson (Kansas City/Jefferson City, MO), Matthew and Brooke Johnson (Centerville, IA), Mark and Merideth Johnson (Jefferson City, MO), and Margaret Johnson and Ross Orenstein (Hovland, MN), his siblings and their spouses: Bruce and Bobbie Johnson (Ashburn, VA), Rev. Dr. Douglas and Sue Johnson (Kansas City, MO), and Anne and Mark O’Leary (Zionsville, IN), his 11 grandchildren: Callie, Julie, Aidan, Chase, Luke, Stella, Kellen, Kyler, Kash, Cooper, Carter, and his great grandson Knox.
Preceding David in death are his parents, his brother and spouse Brian and Seal Johnson, and angel grandchildren Karson Johnson and Hattie Crane.
Private family services will be held in the coming weeks. A high mass and celebration of David’s life will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Jefferson City on the one-year anniversary of his passing.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Grace Episcopal Church or Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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