Keith Gene Johnston


July 19, 1952 – July 19, 2013

After a brave, long battle with cancer, Keith passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on his 61st birthday.

He touched many lives with his openness, positive attitude and sense of humor to the very end.  He will be greatly missed.  He was a loving father, son, brother and friend to many.

Survivors include his mother, Colleen Johnston, children; Misty O’Healy, Aimee Cardozo, Jennifer Johnston and Jimmy Weber, grandchildren, Avery and Lennah Cardozo (his “sweeties”) and Peyton and Kendal Neal, his sister, Claudia Johnston, brothers James and Eric Johnston, and nephew Erik Johnston.  He was preceded in death by his father, James Paul Johnston, his grandparents, John Edgar and Ruby Johnston and Herbert and Pauline Kaiser and his aunt, Carol Hunter.

Services will be held at 10 AM, Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at Lord of Life Church, 3105 West 135th St., Leawood, KS 66224.

The family will be accepting donations to the Audubon Society in lieu of flowers.



  1. Judi Reynal on July 31, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I was honored to have met Keith through my daughter Jennifer on a recent visit to Kansas.
    My daughter, and Tim thought the world of Keith and wanted so much for me to meet him.
    During our visit, Keith was in great spirit and his birds chattered as he made conversation, several times having to hush them. I am sure they miss him greatly.
    First impressions are usually spot on, and there is no doubt in my mind that this man is looking down on all of his family and friends front row, from his honored seat in heaven.
    Keith, I know how dearly missed you are to so many of the people you built those special relationships with.
    Thank you, from a parent to a parent, for making a part of my daughter’s life and Tim’s (smile), so very meaningful. They miss you and it was such an honor to have been included in your life.
    The legacy you left will live on through the lives you touched.
    Till we meet again, rest in peace.

    Judi Reynal
    (Jennifer’s Mom)

  2. Jennifer Flanary on July 30, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Keith, to know you was fate at it’s best. To be-friend you was a privilege and a greater honor stands to know and “be part of” the beautiful family you created.

    As you watch over all of us, I will surely expect to think of you often as your laughter “chuckle” will be missed in conversations.

    “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.” Philippians 1:3

    To Keith’s family, my sincerest empathy for your loss and heartfelt gratitude for sharing such a great man in all his titles throughout his life.

    I love you all. – Jennifer

  3. Margie and Joe Yeates on July 28, 2013 at 11:52 am

    We had the opportunity to meet Keith recently in San Diego. I was invited to join Jim, Eric and Keith for a round of golf at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Keith tried his best to play and knowing he was in pain at that time, he was amazing. Afterwards, later that night, we joined the family for a BBQ at Misty and Tim’s home where Keith cooked his famous ribs. Wow, what a meal that was!! We were hoping to see Keith again but I guess that wasn’t iGod’s plan.

    Our thoughts are with the family at this time of great loss.

    Our sincere condolences.

    Joe and Margie

  4. JANET COOPER on July 24, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Keith, great person, unlike no other. He could always make you laugh, if you needed a friend, he was always there. He was a friend to all, and loved his family. I had the pleasure of working with him on the Golf Tournaments at Stonepost…He always made it so much fun. I will miss him…we all will miss him. If there were more Keith’s in this world, what a great place it would be. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. We will miss you Keith…sweet dreams…let’s have another margurita sometime…you will never be forgotten

  5. DWANE WILLS, OVERLAND PARK on July 24, 2013 at 4:29 pm


  6. Aimee Cardozo on July 24, 2013 at 4:19 am

    Thank you Bonnie for such a beautiful poem…you knew him well & he was very fond of you

  7. Sue McKinney on July 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I will always be grateful for the friendship I had with Keith. He was a wonderful man, kind,gentle and caring. He will be greatly missed.

  8. Dawn N. Pladson on July 23, 2013 at 11:16 am

    He was always very kind and had a big smile on his face whenever I saw him!

  9. Bonnie Kupper on July 23, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Knowing Keith he would want his family and friends to celebrate his 61 years.
    He would want us to celebrate his life with meaningful and happy moments not tears.
    Keith was someone you could count on who always had a kind word for everyone he knew.
    He cared for his birds, loved to play golf, make ribs, and was fond of his favorite brew. If you knew Keith then you more then likely shared a beer with hom at his home, probably more then a few.
    It didn’t matter the age of his friends they were all different ages, young and old.
    Keith was a gentle soul, but he was a fighter and he gave the cancer a fight if the truth be told.
    His illness is not what he should be remembered for but his kindness as a friend, brother, father, and son.
    The story of his 61 years and how he touched lives and made people laugh and have fun.
    He was so talented in the way he could fix and repair things, bring people together, and oh what a laugh!
    He touched so many people that lived at Stonepost and especially the staff.
    If you were lucky enough to work with him you heard his political views.
    In his mind that wasn’t a fight he could lose.
    For exactly 61 years he lived on this Earth and called it home, but I know he is near.
    Now he is looking down at us all with a smile, his favorite ribs and a beer.

  10. Carl Werra on July 23, 2013 at 10:21 am

    A great friend who will be missed.

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