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Jack Dean Johnson was born the son of the late Harold Willis Johnson and Mary June (Smith) Johnson, on May 24, 1945, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and departed this world on Monday, September 21, 2020, in his hometown, at the age of 75.

He was united in marriage on August 24, 1970, in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Mary Nanette (Edwards) Crighton.  From that marriage he is survived by his children, Dane Johnson, and wife Delica, of Thayer, Missouri, and daughter Sarah Johnson of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. 

He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Ella Johnson, Rowan Johnson, and Archer Johnson, all of Thayer; three sisters, Pat Hilton of Thayer, and Shirley Garner and Sherrie Keylon, of Mammoth Spring; one brother, Joe Johnson, who has since passed;  six nieces and nephews, 18 great nieces and nephews, and 19 great-great nieces and nephews; many cousins; other relatives and an endless number of friends who were like family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Peggy A. Edwards; one nephew, Kelly Keylon; brothers-in-law, Joe M. Hilton and David P. Garner; and sister-in-law, Pam Johnson.

He proudly served his country as a Hospitalman Third Class of the United States Navy being designated Corpsman of Marine Aircraft Group 36 from 1963 to 1967, 13 months of which were spent in the Vietnam War.  There he received the high honors of a Purple Heart, Aircrew Badge, Air Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.  After completing his time in the military, Jack attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1974.  He continued his service, now as a pharmacist, at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. 

Jack experienced great strength in family.  From spending time with his children, to bonding closely with his grandchildren, he was happiest when he was with those he loved.  Sunday lunches were an essential part of his week giving him time to catch up with his siblings.  Outside of family, he loved spending his days on the river and visiting the California or Florida beaches when occasion permitted. 

He found pleasure in his many years serving the community as a pharmacist; getting to know his patients was his favorite part.  As those who were familiar with him would attest, once Jack was in your life, he stayed forever.  He was always there to lend an ear, offer a word of encouragement, and took a deep interest in others’ lives.  He will be fondly remembered for the love and life he shared. 

Services to be announced at a later date with arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.




  1. Matt Hull
    September 25, 2020 @ 7:43 pm

    Thank you for all the wonderful memories Jack. You were so full of peace, love, joy, and laughter. You definitely made this world a brighter place and I will never forget your caring ways or your awesome laugh.


    • Grace Rodes
      September 28, 2020 @ 11:06 am

      My soul mate of 50 years is gone. It’s hard to imagine life without his wonderful, vivacious and loving essence. Grace


  2. Raynea Busch
    September 26, 2020 @ 7:08 am

    So sorry for your loss, Dane. We will be praying for your family.


    • Janice Faucett
      September 28, 2020 @ 10:47 am

      Jack. Will miss our solving world problems talks. Thanks for being there during toughest losses in my life. And laughing at all my awful jokes. Keep laughing 😆 in heaven.


  3. Kathy Beaty
    September 26, 2020 @ 3:15 pm

    OMG, words can’t even begin to say what’s in my heart.
    I knew Jack first as my 2nd cousin then as a co-worker @ OMC when he worked in Pharm. and I as an LPN.
    Jack was such a caring person with a BIG heart that would give you his shirt off his back if he thought you needed it.
    May he rest in peace in Heaven with Big brother Joe and the rest of the family.
    What a Great family reunion.
    Just know you are in my thoughts and prayers for comfort.

    Kathy AKA Katie(Bray) Beaty, LPN retired


  4. Deb Pettit
    September 27, 2020 @ 6:53 pm

    I worked with Jack at OMC, and loved visiting with him at Revco, Super D, and Bradford, his pharmacies. He always had a smile and a laugh, and he will be missed. My thoughts to his family and co-workers.


  5. David Clark
    September 28, 2020 @ 11:33 am

    Good memories from long ago, Jack! I’m very sad to hear of your passing. Praying for your family!


  6. Debra Phenix
    September 28, 2020 @ 1:35 pm

    OMG there’s just so much I could say about Jack his laugh was contagious and he would just do anything for anybody the nicest most loving person in the world even though he was kin I know that he would have done anything to help me with my handicapped daughter Ashley he helped me multiple times when I didn’t have the money to pay for some of her meds he was just like a big oh teddy bear so loving ,so caring my prayers are going out to the family and I’m so sorry for all the loss that you guys have endured not with Just Jack but with Joe also


    • Pam Fredrick
      October 2, 2020 @ 11:44 am

      Words cannot express how very sorry I was to hear this news about Jack passing. He was the most kind hearted, genuine, caring person. He always had kind things to say and always was smiling and happy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers In God we Trust.


  7. Theresa Laffery
    September 28, 2020 @ 2:05 pm

    He was such an amazing man. He and Scott helped me start my career in pharmacy. He was always a friend and will be missed greatly.


  8. Jim & Leta Smoot
    September 28, 2020 @ 3:13 pm

    What a wonderful loving caring man. He was always so much fun to hang out with in high school and anytime. You were always laughing. Jim and I will miss running into him around Mammoth and talking over old times. Loved it!!! We will be praying for your family. May God give you strength and peace.


  9. A.E. Stazknee
    September 28, 2020 @ 4:40 pm

    I was lucky to work with Jack at the OMC pharmacy in 1991-93. He was my mentor, father-figure and friend. I was only 21 years old. Sometimes listening to our crazy 21 year old life stories, he would yell out “I’m 47 dammit, and I hate it!” I enjoyed his war stories, his dating/love life stories, and how he picked his teeth with a needle after lunch. He was always there for me, no matter what. I love Jack and hope to see him on the other side! Sarah & Dane, I am sorry for your loss, you really have a great dad.


  10. Hassel and Alice Vandergriff
    September 29, 2020 @ 5:40 am

    I am so sorry for the Johnson family and friends. I met Jack when I worked at Wilke Drug Store years ago. I know that he will be missed. God bless you all.


  11. A.J. Wahlquist
    September 29, 2020 @ 8:01 pm

    Jack was an unforgettable person. I will always remember that anytime I was around Jack, I was happy. I loved listening to him tell stories about the family. He let me fish off of his dock whenever I wanted to and I caught the biggest catfish of my life on that dock. There just aren’t many words that can describe the uniqueness of Cousin Jack. We will never forget how wonderful it was just to have the chance to have a minute of his time because he was Jack.


  12. Amber Redburn
    September 30, 2020 @ 7:34 pm

    The Johnson Family,

    I want to extend my deepest sympathy to all of you on the passing of Jack. I met him via the Bradford Pharmacy back in the late 90’s and he was a very caring, fun loving person to be around..always smiling and friendly. He adored our son, Corby Lee, who has dwarfism. Also, Jack and I had a friend in common from my nursing days in Springfield, MO.(Barb Barnhill). Jack will be missed. My prayers/thoughts are with all of you. May God comfort, encourage, and strengthen all of you daily through this difficult time. May God bless all of you.
    In Christian Love,
    Amber Redburn


  13. Rose Pierce
    September 30, 2020 @ 8:46 pm

    I will always remember Jack with fondness. I am so sorry that he left us so soon. Dane, please know that I pray for you and your sweet family peace and comfort. Love you.


  14. John Woodworth
    October 9, 2020 @ 7:21 pm

    Jack was first class man he knew how to treat people he was always the same. Just a great person


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