Moore Johnson

Columbus, Kan. – Moore Johnson 95, lifelong resident of Columbus, Kan., passed from this life on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo.

Moore was born August 8, 1918 in Columbus, Kan., to the union of C. Floyd and Anna (Gleason) Johnson. Moore graduated from Columbus High School and then obtained his Business degree in Accounting from Chillicothe Community College. After college, he joined the Army Air Core stationing in England during WWII. After serving in the service for six years he returned home and was united in marriage to June Catherine Walker in 1946. Moore was a well-known farmer, rancher, and upon the passing of his father in 1967 he owned and ran Columbus Grain, until selling the business in 1982. June Catherine Walker preceded Moore in March 1980. Moore was then united in marriage to Adelina M. (Munoz) Johnson on April 17, 1981 in Columbus, Kan. Moore was a member of the Prudence Lodge #101 of Columbus, Kan., where he was a 32 degree Mason; he was a member of the Pittsburg Mirza Shrine Temple, and the Scottish and York Rites; he was a member of the First Christian Church, Columbus, Kan. Moore enjoyed woodworking and he raised emu’s, peacocks, and pheasants on his farm for enjoyment.

Moore is preceded in death by his parents, first wife June Johnson; one son Charles “Chuck” Johnson.

Moore is survived by one son, Michael Johnson and wife Deana of Glendale, Ariz.; one daughter-in-law, Cynthia Johnson of Olathe, Kan.; three step-sons, DG Ellis of Texas, Bob Ellis and Mike Ellis of Columbus, Kan.; four grandchildren, Chad Johnson of Olathe, Kan., Darcie Armstrong of Gardner, Kan., Nicole Johnson-Rohn and husband Tom of Denver, Colo., and Walker Johnson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; along with four great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Derfelt Funeral Home of Columbus. Pastor Dennis Johnson will officiate. Family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Derfelt Funeral Home of Columbus. Memorial donations may be made to the Columbus Museum in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at


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