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In Remembrance Of

Sidney Johnson

Sidney B. Johnson, 80, passed away on February 24, 2023 in St. Joseph, Missouri, with his wife by his side. As a life-long Christian who believed in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, he now lives at peace in the glory of our God.

Sidney was born August 19, 1942 in Sedalia, Missouri, to Sid and Katherine Johnson. At the age of 2, the family moved to St. Joseph, Missouri and then settled in Agency, Missouri near Frazier, where they built generations of life, livestock, crops and memories. After graduation from Faucett High School, Sidney attended the University of Missouri and graduated with a degree in agriculture economics. After graduating, he started a career in farming with his father, and later both of his sons.

Sidney served the public in multiple elected positions including Buchanan County Presiding Commissioner, Missouri State Senator and Buchanan County Collector. In the Missouri State Senate he served as Assistant Majority Leader and chaired seven committees. He was proud of the bipartisan legislation accomplished during his 12-year tenure in the Senate. He continued to be active with the Missouri Tourism Commission and presided as President of the Missouri Association of Counties. He received an honorary Doctorate of Education from Missouri Western for his work as vice-chair of the education committee. Sidney served on the University of Missouri Agriculture Foundation, Buchanan County Tourism Commission, University of Missouri Extension Council, Buchanan County and Missouri Farm Bureau, and Frazier Baptist Church delegate to the St. Joseph Baptist Association, where he served as treasurer for several years. He was a life-long active member of Frazier Baptist Church. 

Sidney was preceded in death by his mother and father, Sid and Katherine Johnson, two brothers-in-law, Elmer Clark and Tom Trail, both of Gower. 

He is survived by his wife, Jean Turner Johnson, and four children, Beery Johnson, Rick (Kristy) Johnson, Lindsey (Tim) Minson, and Jennifer (Dave) von Fintel. He has 12 grandchildren including Lauren, Sid, Alex (Chester), Connor (Cody), Ryan, Cazes (Hannah), Zac (Jessica), Garrett (Devon), Grant, Flynn, Kai and Ellis. He has five great grandchildren; Ivory, Archie, Kingston, Calloway and Ruby. He is also survived by siblings Nancy Clark, Martha Trail, Jim (Connie) Johnson, Kathy (Bill) Rhoad, and Barbara Johnson along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation: 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 2nd at Frazier Baptist Church, Frazier, MO.

Funeral Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 3rd at Frazier Baptist Church, Frazier, MO

Burial: Allen Cemetery, Gower, MO.

In lieu of flowers, the family would encourage giving to Second Harvest Community Food Bank or the Frazier Baptist Church building fund.

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28 comments

  • Bill and Judy Spencer

    So sorry for your loss

  • Carol Taylor

    Thoughts and prayers Jean to you and your family

  • Becky Vanlandingham

    My sincere sympathy to Jean and all the family. What great memories we have of fun times with the Young Farmers Committee and our camping adventures. I am sure Linden and Sid are discussing politics and farming on a higher plain. Becky V.

  • Gina Bowman

    I’m so sorry to hear of Senator Johnson’s passing. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have worked with him in Jeff City. He was a man of integrity and a diligent public servant. Blessings to Mrs. Johnson and his family. Keeping all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dean miller

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Chuck Pendleton

    Sidney was a good man and a great neighbor. My thoughts and prayers to Jean and the whole family.

  • Audri (Billington) Davis

    So sorry for your loss! I will always remember growing up with Sidney and your family and being neighbors for so many years! Love to you all…

  • Marta Orr

    What a beautiful service for Sydney. Brought back so many memories. Our thoughts and prayers for the family ❤️

  • David & Helen Kelsey

    I’m truly sorry for your loss. Sidney was always kind and welcoming to me growing up. I spent a huge part of my childhood in your house and loved being around you all. Our prayers are with you all.

  • Gina Bowman

    I’m so sorry to hear of Senator Johnson’s passing. He was a statesman with integrity and his Christian faith shone brightly. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked with him on a few legislative issues. Blessings to his family.

  • Jay Puckett

    Dear Jean and family,
    We were saddened by the news of Sidney’s passing. From the Chalkboard newsletter, we learned about his declining health and challenges. Sidney contributed to his community in so many ways. I have always admired his political contributions and willingness to offer his energies in this manner. We wish you, and all of the family, the best for moving forward. He will be missed by many. Jay

  • Shirley Reynolds

    My deepest sympathy to all the families!! He will be missed

  • A. Jean (Kilgore)

    Sending my heartfelt sympathy to all the family.

  • Ron and Joyce Slayden

    Sorry for your family’s loss

  • Fran and John E Hixson

    All of the Hixson family extend our heartfelt sympathy to Jean and all of the Johnson family.

  • marvin a singleton

    Great American, good Legislator and dear friend who will be sorely missed.

  • Kathy Gibson Albers

    Sorry for your loss. Much love to you and your family.

  • GaryFTownsend

    . . Sorry for the hole in your heart but heaven is a good place to be. ❤️ Pam & I

  • Susan Tally

    Thinking of you, Jean. You always spoke so lovingly about your husband. Prayers for peace and comfort.

  • Bill McKenna

    Sidney was a class act, so honest, so refreshing and caring and engaged. A joy to work alongside. A Senator that worried about Missouri more than the next election. Much more a Statesmen than a politician. Missouri thanks you for your service and your family for sharing you with us.

  • Ed and Karen Kirschner

    We are so sorry to hear about Sidney’s passing. May God bless and keep you and your families.

  • Sondra Brinton

    So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed knowing him. He and his brother were very competitive and taught their boys. They participated when I ran the intramural basketball games in my younger years.

  • Vernon Pike

    Very sorry to hear this news. My condolences to the Johnson family. I have very much respect for Sydney and the whole family. Thoughts and prayers for you all.

  • Cliff and Lyndsey Bailey

    Greatly appreciated getting to know and work with Sidney. Our condolences to the family.

  • Ann Edwards

    Sorry for your loss

  • Peggy Voltz

    So sorry for your loss. I remember taking my Middle School son to the State Capitol for the first time, and your dad came out and greet the kids. What a wonderful experience he gave those kids!

  • Matthew Smith

    Sorry for your loss.

  • Mike Nash

    Sorry for your loss.

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