Brian Christopher Johnson

Memorial services for Brian Christopher Johnson, 35, Lawrence will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December, 13, 2013 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. He entered life eternal on Monday, December 9, 2013 at the University of Kansas Medical Center after an extended illness.

Brian was born May 21, 1978 in Hinsdale, IL the son of O. Franklin Johnson and Joyce Gerwing.

He was in active duty in the Kansas National Guard and had been on deployments in Egypt and Africa.

He was a graduate of Indiana Business College and was currently a student at the University of Phoenix and would have graduated in May in Criminology.

He loved his family and enjoyed watching football and gaming.

He married Heather Christine Shire on October 29, 2010 in Manhattan, KS. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his parents; one daughter, Alexandra “Alex” “Munchkin” Johnson; sons, Austin-James Michael Welborn, Colby Lee “Cub” Bailey Welborn; one sister, Heather, E. Brown and husband, Jim; brother, Eric A. Johnson and wife, Bethany; nieces, Ashley “Spud” Brown-Aker, Taryn Johnson; nephew, Alan Johnson; brother-in-laws, R.J. Patrick, Joshua Shire; mother-in-law, LeeAnn Shire; and father-in-law, Michael Shire.
The family will greet friends Thursday from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the mortuary and again on Friday before the service beginning at 9:30 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials in his name to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516 or may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

12 Condolences

  1. Jeremy on December 10, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    To the family of Brian,

    I’m sorry for you loss, I met Brian a couple of times on Fort Riley. He seemed like a good man from meeting him and from what coworkers said. I pray for comfort for you all with the loss of Brian. He will be forever in your hearts and minds.

  2. Amanda on December 11, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Admittedly, it has been a long time since I’d seen Brian, but I went to high school with him and remember him fondly. My very sincere condolences to his family. Please know that even his distant friends wish you all the best and will pray for you to find strength and serenity to carry you through the grief.

  3. Lexie on December 11, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Brian was truly good people. So freakin’ funny and fun, he brought joy with him wherever he went. He had a strong heart and fought so valiantly. Know that you and your family are on our minds here in Indy. He will be missed.

  4. Gary Johnston on December 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Pastor Joyce,
    I am saddened to hear of your loss and pray that God lifts you up and gives you strength as you had given me in the past. I believe that your son having served his country was a true hero and my wish for you is that you find comfort and healing in that way as well. May God lift his countenance upon your family and give you peace.

  5. John Pannkuk on December 11, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Joyce, our sincere sympathies to you and your family at the passing of your son. As you mourn his death, may our Lord give you peace and strength in the days ahead, and lift your spirit by his presence day by day in your life.

  6. Bill Andrews on December 11, 2013 at 8:10 pm


    Sally and I are so sorry at the death of your son, Brian. Loved ones
    in our families who suffer, struggle and loose the battle and then
    are commended into the hands of our loving Lord is a bitter/sweet
    thing. Our lives are in Christ is a blessed assurance.

    Bill and Sally Andrews

  7. Michelle on December 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    To the family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Brian was a wonderful, joyful man, who is sincerely missed by all who knew and loved him.

  8. Karen Husby on December 12, 2013 at 10:24 am


    God’s peace sustain you as you mourn Brian’s loss and celebrate the gift of his life.

    Karen Husby

  9. Marilyn Smith on December 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Dear Joyce, Bill and I are deeply saddened by this great loss for you and all who knew and loved Brian. We pray that there is comfort for you in his life well-lived and in our hope fo the resurrection. If there is anything we can do, please let us know.
    Blessings, Bill and Marilyn Smith

  10. Bob & Jan Ellis on December 12, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    To Joyce & Brian’s family,
    We knew Joyce through St. Thomas church & have been praying for you all, through this whole long ordeal. Will continue to do so, that God will give you the comfort & strength you need to go on.

  11. joe and marti allen on December 12, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Pastor Joyce,
    There are no words to express how sad this is for you and your family, but we know that God will bring you all that you need to get through this. Please know that you are in our prayers.
    Joe and Marti Allen

  12. Tim Graham on December 13, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Dear Joyce,

    Words aren’t adequate… Deeply sorry for your loss. Praying for God’s peace to surround you and family in this difficult time.

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