Kendall V. Johnson

Born: Sat., Sep. 24, 1927
Died: Sat., Jun. 15, 2013

Funeral Service

3:00 PM Sat., Jun. 29, 2013
Location: Syracuse Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

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Kendall V. Johnson, of Syracuse, left this earth Saturday, June 15th after a long illness.  Born and raised in Jamestown, NY, he received both of his Masters Degrees from Syracuse University, and made the Syracuse area his permanent home.  He served in the US Navy as WWII was coming to an end.  Kendall taught English at LaFayette HS (where he also coached basketball and football), was a math teacher at HW Smith Jr. High, Guidance Counselor at Martin L. King Elementary, and an Associate Professor in the Human Services Dep’t at OCC until his retirement.  He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints.  Throughout his life, Kendall was known for his wisdom & insight, his kindness and understanding, his honesty, athleticism, singing voice, unique sense of humor, and for his devotion to family and generosity to friends.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elva Lee Johnson, one son, Bruce Johnson, three daughters, Cynthia (Patrick) Henry, Susan (Fred) Tinsley, and Ginger (Andy Ortiz) Johnson, all of the Syracuse area, as well as five grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild. 

There will be a Memorial Service for Kendall at 3 PM on Saturday, June 29th, at the Syracuse Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints at 801 E. Colvin St. in Syracuse. Please express condolences to the family by clicking the condolence tab above.


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Elisa KelloggShaffer
   Posted Wed June 19, 2013
Through the years I had the pleasure of knowing Kendall,he was a kind man,true servant of the Lord in the gospel. Once he latched onto something that was it. Truth was truth never doubted it. I appreciated his example of love and his devotion to his beautiful wife and children. Eternity was a goal he accepted and looked forward to. He went first to pave the way...till we meet again.

Sarah Curtis
   Posted Wed June 19, 2013
Cindy and family: I wish to express my deepest sympathy for your loss.May God walk with you in this time of sorrow and help you remember to celebrate the memories you will always have.

Donna & Mark Freitag
   Posted Wed June 19, 2013
We want to express our deepest sympathies to the entire Johnson family. I have known most of you for such a long time and your Dad (Grandfather) was such a sweet and kind man.

Marty Wilber
   Posted Wed June 19, 2013
Bruce, Cindy and family. I am so sorry to hear if your dad passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all!!!

Jay Slotnick
   Posted Thu June 20, 2013
My sincere condolences on your loss. Mr Johnson was my 8th grade Math teacher at HW Smith, and he made Math so interesting to me that I went on to get my degree in it. Despite not having a teaching certificate, when I substitute taught in Syracuse for a year following college and was offered a job as an emergency fill-in for a Jr High Math teacher for the last six months of the school year, I turned it down out of respect for how important it was to nurture that age group in a subject that my friends were turned off to, not having the luck I had to be in Mr Johnson's class. He was a gentle man in front of a typically unruly age group of students, and I had the utmost respect for him then, and whenever I though of him over the past fifty years. May he rest in peace.

Bill & Denise Dalton
   Posted Thu June 20, 2013
Just when we are enjoying life and it was getting a bit easier and then you are thrown with the news of losing someone you loved and respected so much. Lee, Bruce, Sue, Cynthia and Ginger,we are truly sorry for your loss.

Jessie & Tom Kearney
   Posted Thu June 20, 2013
Cindy & family,
Haven't seen you or your family in quite some time but remember your father quite well as he used to visit you on Ruhamah Ave. He always was pleasant and thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren when visiting. Sorry again for your loss but it does seem that he is in a better place.

Amanda Krisher
   Posted Thu June 20, 2013
My thoughts are prayers to the Johnson family. Ken Johnson was a wonderful man and I feel blessed to have known and been influenced by him. He was a smiling face and welcomed hug every Sunday at church. I will always be grateful for his love and friendship during my youth. All my love, Amanda

Galen Ortiz
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
Ginger and family -
I am sorry for your loss.

Pat & Eileen Walsh
   Posted Wed June 26, 2013

We haven't seen you and Ken in a long time, but wish to send you our deepest condolences and prayers.

Emelia Albrigo
   Posted Thu June 27, 2013
Lee, when I read about Kendall, it brought back so many memories ... so many years have gone by.
I want to express my sympathy for your loss and to wish you many blessings.

Sandy Rutkowski
   Posted Sat June 29, 2013
Today John and I will travel to Syracuse to attend Brother Johnson's memorial service. Kendall was a wonderful man who made an indelible mark on our family through his example of living as the Savior did. He was so kind and supportive of our children and was a dedicated and loving counselor to John as they served together in the bishopric. Our whole family loved him and he will be missed by each one of us. Our sympathies to Lee and Ken's family.

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