Victor Dale Johnson

Victor D. Johnson, age 81, of Lawrence, Kansas, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 26 at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Victor will be lying in state on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from 10:00 am ~ 7:30 pm, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with a Rosary Recitation starting at 5:00 pm. Family will be present from 5:00 pm ~ 7:30 pm. A Funeral Mass will be Wednesday March 31 at 10:00am at St. Lawrence Catholic Center, 1631 Crescent Road, Lawrence, KS 66044. Burial for Vic will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Atwood, Kansas.

He was born on July 27, 1939 in Great Bend, Kansas, the son of Victor and Gladys Johnson. Vic had four older sisters. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1957, and he graduated from Fort Hays State University with a BS in Business Administration. Vic enjoyed 25 years of a career in banking, several years in Commercial Real Estate, and he retired in 2001.

Vic married the love of his life, Patricia L. Stehno, on July 14, 1962. This union was blessed with two daughters, Miriam and Marty. Vic and Pat enjoyed 58 wonderful years of happiness together. They loved to travel. Their favorite vacations spots were Europe, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Aruba, and many different areas of the United States.

God and family were Vic’s top priorities. His faith and his family were the two most important things in his life. He loved hunting, dancing, singing, reading, playing card games, watching John Wayne movies, spending time with his grandchildren, and his favorite…telling stories!

Vic was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Gladys Johnson; four sisters, Dorothy Pharris, Glennis Gilmore, Lois Lemke and Merlyn Sumpter.

Vic is survived by his wife, Pat Johnson of Lawrence; two daughters, Miriam Hampton of Shawnee, Kansas and Denis Rockers of Overland Park, Kansas and Marty Simmons and husband Doug Simmons of Olathe, Kansas; five grandchildren, Mackenzie Peterson and husband Scott Peterson, Logan Hampton, Catherine Simmons, Anna Simmons, and Grace Simmons.

Memorial contributions may be made in Victor’s name to St. Lawrence Catholic Center, 1631 Crescent Road, Lawrence, KS 66044 or St. John Evangelist Catholic Church, 1234 Kentucky Street, Lawrence, KS 66044 or Holy Family School of Faith, 13240 Craig Street, Overland Park, KS, 66213 and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.



16 Condolences

  1. Pam Cook on March 28, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    My prayers go out to Vic”s we and family.
    I worked with Vic many years ago at Sallow Mae.
    He was always so sweet and always had a smile on hi’s face and a kind word for everyone.

  2. Bill Cushing on March 29, 2021 at 8:41 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss of Vic. A very special person in so many ways, to many people. He will be missed and fondly remembered. I pray for your comfort in this difficult time.

  3. Greg Moore on March 29, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for comfort for the family.

  4. Louie and Karen Gilmore on March 29, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Uncle Vic what a guy A man of integrity honesty respectful patient and kind hearted full of love. He was a great role model for me. Really gonna miss that guy. He was a wonderful husband, father , grandfather and spiritual leader in his home. Blessings to Pat and the family. Louie and Karen Gilmore

  5. Rodney E Sumpter on March 29, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    Thank you Uncle Vic for all the wonderful memories over the years. My mother loved you so much. The world was left a much better place because of you and the legacy that you left. Blessings to you in heaven and sincerest condolences and love to the family left behind.

  6. Amy Cast on March 29, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Kathryn Caywood on March 29, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    Uncle Vice was the baby of the family and was adored by his sisters. My mom, Lois, loved him so much. He is the last in the line of the beautiful white haired children of Victor and Gladys. Rest In Peace Uncle Vic.

  8. Michelle Powell on March 29, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    I am so sorry, Pat. I can see you and Vic in my kitchen sharing a drink at the faculty Christmas party. He was so quick to laugh and to tell a story. Of course, he helped you a ton with so many school projects.A man of quiet strength.

  9. Mary Bennett on March 29, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Dear Pat and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss of your dear husband, Vic. He had the best smile, and such charm. We pray your memories will sustain you during your sorrow. May our Good Lord hold you in His loving embrace and give you strength and peace. Much love to all, Mary and Gary Bennett.

  10. Jerry Lemke on March 29, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Rest in Peace Uncle Vic. The end of a Classic American story. And what stories he told. What a great life he had growing up in Great Bend! You will live on in my life and the lives of my boys. Thank you. What a legacy you leave.

  11. Shari Quick and family on March 29, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Pat and family…
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Vic was a wonderful man and I am so blessed to have been able to know and provide care for him. He fought the good fight! ????

  12. Catherine DeGeorge on March 30, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Words fail to express my sorrow for your loss. Vic was like a 2nd father to me, from teaching me how to play softball and spit watermelon seeds to life lessons and discovering the beauty of Kauaʻi. He will truly be missed! Wishing you all peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  13. Karen Dixon on March 30, 2021 at 10:52 am

    Pat and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Vic was such a great guy. I have so many fond memories of him with the St. John Preschool. He never failed to make me laugh.
    God bless you all.

  14. Cristy Sullivan on March 30, 2021 at 10:53 am

    Mrs. Johnson,
    So sorry to hear about Vic. Please know you are in our prayers. May he rest in peace!
    The Sullivan’s

  15. Shirley Wynes on March 30, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    I worked with Vic at University State Bank, what a sweet man he was!!!!! He loved to tell stories and loved his family!! He was kind and honest, traits to be admired and I certainly admired that man!!! I’ll be he’s telling stories now and laughing at those gone before him!!!
    Shirley “Brittain” Wynes

  16. Rhonda Scott on March 30, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    I’m saddened to hear of Vic’s death. I enjoyed knowing him and working with him. He was kind and caring and will be missed by many. I pray for peace and comfort for you during this time and going forward.

    Rhonda Scott

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