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Leslie R. Johns July 13, 1927 - January 4, 2013

Barnes Family Funerals - Leslie R. Johns

Leslie R. Johns, age 85, formerly of Nixa, passed away Friday afternoon, January 4, 2013 at Missouri Veterans Home, Mount Vernon, MO. He was born July 13, 1927 the son of Warren and Lacy (Brown) Johns. On October 29,1948 he was united in marriage to Shirley Davenport. Les proudly served his country as a Master Sergeant with the United States Army, during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He began his service in 1947 and was honorably discharged after serving in both wars. Later, he retired as yard foreman from Herrman Lumber in Springfield, after being a dedicated employee for 36 years. Les was preceded in death by his parents, his youngest daughter Jackie Johns in 1985, his wife Shirley in 1988, and six brothers Floyd R., Jimmie W., Lora E. “Bud”, Arlie H.. “Johnny,” Lloyd C. “Clay,” and George R. “Randall,” Johns. Les is survived by three daughters, Janis Walker and husband Lee of Sparta, Joyce Ketterman and husband John of Highlandville and Jeanne Johns of Nixa. A very special friend and companion, Betty Tennis of Nixa. He is also survived by four grandchildren, David Walker, Karen Peak and husband Roy, Lacey Gregg and Nick Ketterman; five great-grandchildren, Lindsey and Kallie Bilyeu, Kelsey and Kyle Walker and Dustin Peak; two step-granddaughters, Jackie Miller and husband Andrew, Jodie Holmes and husband Brett; four step-great-grandchildren, Courtnie and Camryn Miller, Ashton Isbell and Savannah Holmes; three brothers, Paul L. Missoula, MT, Roger L. “Rod” Vancouver, WA and Mike O. Johns, Gresham OR.; three sisters, Novella Killian, Simi Valley, CA, Judy Newkirk, Torrance CA and Carol McGuire, Nixa; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other caring relatives and several good friends. Graveside funeral services were held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2013 in Sparta Cemetery with Pastor Jamie Bilyeu officiating. Visitation was held 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.


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    Keith Owens says

    My wife and I regret the passing of Les and wish to send our condolences to his family. We ride with the Patriot Guard Riders and have visite Les on several of our visitations to the Veterans Home in Mt Vernon. Les was always ready to talk about his service to the country and we enjoyed taking with him. We will miss him when we go to visit again.

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    Katrina Green says

    My Grandma Jessie Jones lived next door to you for awhile and always talked highly of your family. I am sorry for your loss and will be praying for your family during this difficult time.

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    C Bell says

    May you find peace with the loss of your loved one. RIP Mr Johns… God bless your family!!!

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    Cathy & Buddy Wilcoxen says

    Remember Les at the dances at the Eagles in Springfield and Ozark. He enjoyed himself. May he rest in peace.

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    Lindsay Johns says

    Sorry again for the loss

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    Beth (Snowden) Highfill says

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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    jerry l palmer says

    Sorry for your loss to your family. Glad to know you Father lived long enough to see a conviction handed down a few years ago and the person is having to serve is way over due time.
    May the Lord bless you all in your time of need and be with you. Sincerely Jerry L Palmer

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    John And Euella Hendrix says

    Karen, I am so sorry about your grandpa.
    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

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    Donnealia Thornton says

    so sorry for your loss Les was a sweet peoson and i was am so glad i got to know your mom and dad and the family. your family is in my prayers