Philip Roderick Johnson, age 83 of Leawood, KS, joined his Savior and two sons in Paradise on January 12th.
Philip was the husband of JoAnn “Pinky” Johnson. Phil was a hard-working, kind, generous family man who lived his life according to his Christian faith. He and Pinky were married for 52 years and were a wonderful example to their children of a loving and supportive marriage. In addition to life partners, he and Pinky were successful business partners; together they owned Keystone Realty, a residential and commercial real estate company.
Throughout Phil’s work and personal life, he was known as an honest businessman eager to help others. In addition to his real estate firm, he owned an apartment building close to the Plaza; many of his tenants were long-time residents who became family friends.
Among Phil’s greatest joys were his three children. He was an attentive, compassionate and fun Daddy. He encouraged and supported his children’s education, prayed with and for them, and loved them through life’s challenges. Phil and Pinky became community leaders and activists in the Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities community when their youngest son, Scott, was born with Down’s Syndrome. Throughout Scott’s life, Phil was a fierce advocate for his son and other special needs children.
Following their eldest son’s death in 1988, Phil and Pinky hosted an annual golf tournament called the Shelby Johnson Memorial Golf Outing; proceeds benefitted a children’s charity.
Phil loved being a “Grampy” to his granddaughter and two grandsons. He especially enjoyed reading to the grandkids when they were young and endless conversations about sports and their educational goals as the grandkids aged.
Phil served our country as a corporal in the US Army from 1953 to 1955 and continued to faithfully show his patriotism by flying an American flag outside his Leawood residence. A Kansas City native and KU grad, Phil was an avid sportsman and a loyal Chiefs fan. He was a Chiefs season ticket holder since 1970; he and fellow season ticket holders exchanged lively commentary and forged close friendships over the years. He loved playing golf – both for its inherent challenges and the many friendships he made on the links.
Phil’s service as a medic in the Army took him to many European countries, but his favorite trip was a tour of the Holy Land with his wife and church group. Phil and Pinky returned from Israel with a renewed faith and a commitment to share their joy in walking in Christ’s steps.
Phil was preceded in death by his two sons, Shelby and Scott Johnson, two losses he continued to feel deeply.
Phil is survived by his wife, Pinky, their only daughter, Sally Beyers and her husband Matthew of Overland Park; a granddaughter named Shelby and two grandsons, Wesley and Grayson, all of Overland Park. Additionally, Phil is survived by his younger siblings, Janice Johnson Clark and Keith Johnson, of Leawood and Olathe, respectively. He also leaves a dear family friend, Drucie Peterson as well as other close friends.
Memorial services will be held at 2 pm on Friday, January 22nd in the Wesley Chapel of the Church of the Resurrection. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to Matthew’s Ministries at the Church of the Resurrection or Evening Care at Valley View United Methodist.