Norman D. Johnson


Norman Dale Johnson, age 85, Carthage, MO, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019, at Freeman West.
Norman was born October 1, 1933, in Ravanna, MO, son of the late Lowell William Johnson and Eula Pearl Gannon Johnson. He moved to Joplin as a child, and graduated from Joplin High School in 1951.
He then served in the United States Army in Korea, being discharged with the rank of Corporal. He returned to the Joplin area and attended Pittsburg State University working on a degree in psychology. He began his career with the Joplin Fire Department, where he worked for many years, retiring as a lieutenant in 1996. He then worked for several years with A.B.A. as a security officer. Throughout the years he also owned and operated the Merry Christmas Tree Farm, in Carthage.
He was a very active member of the Abou Ben Adhem Scottish Rite, Masonic Lodge #335 F.M. & A.M., where he received his 33rd Degree in 1985, he later received his Red Hat in 1993. He attended Frisco Church of Webb City for years.
In addition to his parents, Norman was preceded in death by a daughter, Leslie Ann Fuller.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Pat Johnson; children, Randy Dale Franks and wife, Sandy, of Trek Henrico, VA, Melody Reneé Short, of Rogers, AR, Kelli Lynn Cragin, of Joplin, and Mark Smith and wife, Joyce, also of Joplin; grandchildren, Rose Franks, Jacob Franks, Joshua Franks, Claire Franks, Brady Short, Grant Short, Joshua Bogard, Camille Cragin Antolock, Mallory Hill, and Jared Fuller, Matt Smith, Michael Smith; great-grandchildren, Kensli, Chloe, Wyatt, Jackson, Julia; brother, Ernie Johnson and wife, Pat, of Pasadena, MD; sister, Kristie Grimes and husband, Winfred, of Kansas City, KS.
Memorial service will be Wednesday, July 3, at 10:30 a.m., at Parker Mortuary Chapel, with Pastor Trey Laveroni officiating, and Masonic Rites by Local #335, and military honors. The family will receive friends at Parker Mortuary on Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m.
The family request that memorial contributions be made to the Shriner's Hospital, in St. Louis, or the Joplin Humane Society.
The family will be at the home of his daughter, Kelli Cragin.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.
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Mona and Don Roberts
Jul 03, 2019
Kelli, we are so sad about your Daddy. He was so lucky to have you as his daughter. He's at Peace with your momma now, in a wonderful place called Heaven. We love you.
Kristin Spencer
Jul 02, 2019
Kelli and Family-

My deepest condolences for your loss. Even though I didn’t know your father, he must have been a wonderful, caring and gracious man because I know Kelli. My thoughts are with you and your family.
JP Dickey
Jul 02, 2019
My prayers that the family finds comfort in this hour of mourning. I will always remember the many hours my family spent on the flatbed at the tree farm. Mr. Johnson was always quick with a smile and a cup of cocoa! He will be missed.
Shirley Gray
Jul 02, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. May God provide you comfort, peace and strength in the coming days. My deepest sympathy
Danny Angel
Jul 01, 2019
As a
firefighter Norm and I had many fun times together.
David Gandy
Jun 30, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Norm several years before he retired. He was a riot! Yet in all of his hilarity, he had a way of teaching you what was important.
May God give you strength and comfort as you go through this time of sorrow.

Dave aka Hummer