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Obituary ~ Mervyn Leonard Johnson
July 04, 1930 ~ September 23, 2013

The Lamoni Chronicle
Lamoni, Decatur County, Iowa

Mervyn Leonard Johnson, 83, of Independence, Missouri went all the way home to his Lord and Savior September 23, 2013.

Mervyn was born July 4, 1930 to Leonard J. and Florence A. Johnson in Lamoni, IA.

There was a memorial service held on Thursday September 26, 2013 at The Church of Christ with The Elijah Message, The Assured Way of The Lord in Independence, Missouri. He was subsequently laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetery in Lamoni, IA.

He was preceded in death by brother Burton; sister Arlene and his son Mark T. Johnson.

Mervyn is survived by his wife, Marianna Johnson; sister Leona Rountree, of Independence, Mo; brother Richard Johnson, of Lamoni, IA; brother Robert Johnson of Grain Valley, MO and 7 nieces and nephews.

Mervyn served his country in the Korean War at age 21. Although he was a conscientious objector due to his religious beliefs he served on the front lines as a Combat Medic in 1951 and 1952. After which he came home to Lamoni, IA and met his loving wife of 57 years, Marianna Jones Johnson. They were married September 2, 1956 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Mervyn and Marianna were blessed with a beloved child, Mark Timothy Johnson on March 24, 1957.

Mervyn worked in Salt Lake City as a Letter Carrier for two years and then moved his family to Independence, Missouri where he continued his career with the Postal Service until he retired in 1990.

Mervyn loved the outdoors and nature. He was an avid flower gardener and landscaper and was known to have over a thousand tulips in his front yard at one time.

Mervyn also loved music and the fine arts, but his greatest love was The Church of Christ with the Elijah Message. He was born into The Church of Christ with the Elijah Message and served in The Holy Priesthood of God as a Deacon, Evangelist, Bishop, and Apostle from 1949 until his passing. Mervyn also served as the official Church Historian and had a profound knowledge of Restoration church history.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2015