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Leland Wm. Johnson, age 84, of Jasper, Mo., passed away September 16, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Leland was born February 20, 1933, at Carthage, Mo. He was a 1952 graduate of Jasper High School. Leland was a member of the Jasper VFW Post 6415 and was a former member of the Mitchell Cemetery Board.
Leland served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955, spending 18 months in Ulm, Germany. After his military service, he returned to Jasper to begin farming and to operate a dairy east of Jasper.
Leland married Sue Phillips on August 30, 1952, at Carthage. Leland and Sue raised their four children, Terry, Randy, Pam, and Jan on their family farm.
Survivors include his wife, Sue, of the home. Three daughters, Terry (Chub) Rives, of Jasper, Pam (Rick) Oeltjen, of Carthage, and Jan Johnson (Doug Lucas), of Jasper. One sister, Jewell Elliott, of Webb City. Six grandchildren, Rusty (Becky) Rives, Casey (Alicia) Rives, Marcy (Bryan) Garver, Gabe Oeltjen, Phil (Jarica) Oeltjen, and Ellie Lucas. Eleven great-grandchildren, Chase, Brady, Cody, Blaine, Braxton, Bryer, Mylah, Carter, Claire, Ian, and Caitlyn. Leland was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Cora (Sunderland) Johnson; his son, Randy Johnson; and a brother-in-law, Steve Elliott.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Weng Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 20, at 2 p.m. at Weng Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery, east of Jasper.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mitchell Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper.
Published on September 19, 2017
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