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William Lee Johnston

 
 
 
 
William Lee Johnston, known as Bill or Lliam to friends and family, passed away from leukemia early Sunday morning, June 17, 2018.  Lliam was born February 19, 1932 in Springfield, Missouri. His family called him Billy Lee, but he didn’t like the name, so his fraternal grandmother, who was from Scotland, called him Lliam. 
Lliam was predeceased by his first wife, Irmingard, and his son Robert. He is survived by his wife, Linn Fowler Johnston. 
Lliam was in the army for seven years. He just missed being shipped to Korea due to a case of measles, so was sent to Germany instead. There he met Irmingard and Robert was born. 
Upon his return to the states and honorable military discharge, Lliam returned to the Kansas City area which had become his home as a child. Here he started his own business, Santa Fe Repair. He was very handy and creative and his customers must have agreed. He said he only placed one ad for his company and the next forty years of business came by word of mouth. 
Lliam loved cars and motorcycles. So much so, he gave up smoking in 1976 so he could buy a new R90/6 Classic BMW motorcycle. He still had that bike upon his passing. 
He loved to travel and he and Linn were able to take several noteworthy trips. 
No services are going to be held. Instead, Linn will be taking his ashes to some of their favorite destinations in the near future. 
Lliam will be sorely missed by those whose lives he touched.
 


Posted in Obituaries | on Friday, Jun. 22nd 2018 | 1 Comment »

One Comment on “William Lee Johnston”

  1. Jennifer Stangle Says:

    They don’t make ’em like this anymore. Lliam was so sharp and funny. He Was hardly ever really old. We should all be so lucky.

    When Sasha asked what happened after Lliam died, I told her that his body became ashes, but since energy is never destroyed, Lliam’s energy will be with be with us forever.

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