July 17, 1938 - July 19, 2014
George Gardner “Gar” Johnson, 76, of Springfield, Missouri, died Saturday July 19, 2014.
Gar was born on July 17, 1938 in Wheaton, Illinois. He is preceded in death by his father, George R. Johnson Sr., his mother, Chana Frances Johnson, brothers George R. Johnson and Fredrick L. Johnson, and son Victor G. Williams.
He is survived by his loving wife Kathy, children Terri Laka (Frank), Shannon Wooley (Randy), James G. “Jim” Johnson (Deidra), and Elizabeth Sweeney (Jason) (Jordon Bisher). Twelve grandchildren, Nathan Laka, Matthew Laka, Andrew Wooley, Michael Wooley, Olivia Wooley, Emerald Johnson, Addysyn Johnson, Landyn Johnson, Benjamin Bisher, Layla Bisher, Addyson Sweeney and Liam Sweeney.
Gar was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. His drive and love for life was something that came natural. His strength and knowledge in business resulted in owning his own company, Harmony Hospitality, which he began in 1998. Harmony Hospitality thrived and eventually developed into other sister companies. He later retired, but enjoyed working part time at the Springfield Golf and Country Club.
Anyone who knew or came in contact with Gar will remember him for his wit, love of others, and the social interaction with those he treasured. His compassion and joy could be seen from his love for spending time with his grandchildren, all the way to his many furry friends around the house.
He was the strength that drove his family through life, he was their “Rock”.
“I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” -Alex Elle
Memorial Visitation will be held at Greenlawn Funeral Home East 3540 E Seminole St. Springfield, MO 65809. Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 6 pm to8 pm.