John A. Johnson

John A. Johnson

January 4, 1945 – September 23, 2021

John A. Johnson, aged 76, passed away peacefully on September 23, 2021, at his home in Tyler, Texas. John was born in Omaha, Nebraska on January 4, 1945, to John and Vivian Johnson. He grew up in the family home along with his sisters, Beverly and Cynthia. He graduated from South High School in 1963, and during his high school years, met Mary Lankas. Over time, their relationship blossomed, and they were married on November 18, 1967. Their marriage was blessed with three children: a son, John, and two daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie. After an Army enlistment and service in Vietnam, John and Mary moved to West Point, Illinois in 1973, where John farmed and founded a successful business—Arrow Seed Company. In 2008, they sold the business and retired to Osage Beach, Missouri. In 2012, John and Mary moved to their current home in Tyler, Texas.

John is survived by his wife, Mary; son, John (Susanne) Johnson of Omaha, Nebraska; daughter, Jennifer (Jerry) Baird of Alexandria, Virginia; daughter, Stephanie (Jason) Sobel of Tyler, Texas; seven grandchildren: Nicholaus and Lauren Johnson; Ethan and Colin Baird; Maxwell, Harrison, and Jackson Sobel; his sisters, Beverly Pecka and Cynthia Naegele; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Private Family Services.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to: St. Robert Bellarmine Church; Bishop Gorman High School in Tyler, Texas; or the Notre Dame Sisters in Omaha, Nebraska.  In remembrance of John, please go outside and appreciate the sun on your face. Plant something, watch it grow, and enjoy what it becomes.



  • Alison Siegfried-Purtle Posted September 25, 2021 3:07 pm

    Stephanie, I feel for your loss as I go through my own loss. Prayers to you, your mom and family. Thinking of you.

  • Tests Family Posted September 25, 2021 3:39 pm

    We thank him for his service in the military and as a farmer. We are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.

  • Jeff Sobel Posted September 25, 2021 5:10 pm

    He was blessed with a wonderful family

  • Joanie Skar Posted September 26, 2021 3:05 pm

    Mary Clare you have my deepest sympathy. I know how tough
    It is to loose a spouse. You are all in my prayers
    God bless. Joanie (Belek) Skar

  • Mike Janda Posted September 27, 2021 7:09 am

    Mary Clare and family:
    Our sincere sympathy to you in you hour of sorrow. May Johnny rest in peace, and
    may God bless his soul. Our prayers are with you.
    Mike and Joyce Janda

  • David Campbell Posted September 27, 2021 6:20 pm

    Sincere condolences Mary, Jay, Jennifer, Stephanie and families. So many great memories with John. Know 8n your hearts that he has found his reward, and is so very proud of you all.

  • Vince and Gerry Naso Posted September 29, 2021 7:13 am

    Mrs Mary Johnson and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

    Sincerely Vince and Gerry Naso

  • Jacqueline Potter Posted September 29, 2021 12:04 pm

    Dearest Mary Claire,
    To you, Jay, Jennifer, Stephanie and all family members, I, along with my family, want you to know our hearts are filled with thoughts, much love and fondest memories of your John. What a special cousin he was to all of us,……what a warm, loving smile he greeted us all with! We will always remember and cherish the special times shared with you and your family. I just know our Doug has already welcomed John to Heaven with a great big loving hug!

    May God be with all of you, especially during this difficult time.
    Jackie Potter and family

  • Brenda Garlich Posted September 29, 2021 4:40 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss of a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Friend. It has been an honor to have known John. You are in my prayers. May GOD give all of you comfort and peace.

  • Bro. Bill Myers, O.S.L. Posted October 2, 2021 6:37 pm

    To Stephanie, your Mom, and all your family: you are all remembered in my prayers, and I will hold thoughts of you throughout this time of gathering memories and saying goodbye. God bless you all.

  • Paula Koshiol Kraus Posted October 3, 2021 7:54 am

    Stephanie and family, my heartfelt sympathy for you at the loss of your sweet, sweet dad. I remember him as such a gentle and kind man. Please be assured of our love and prayers at this difficult time. Paula Kraus and family

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