Elgin Myers Johnson, Jr., 80, of Sedalia, passed away Monday, February 6, 2023 at E.W. Thompson Health & Rehab Center.
Myers was born July 17, 1942 in St. Joseph, MO to Elgin Johnson and Leona Fern Jones Johnson. He spent his early childhood in and near Dearborn, MO near his grandparents, Sam and Mayme Jones, aka Mother and Dad Jones. He moved to Kansas City in 1953, but he continued to visit his grandparents’ farm as often as possible.
Myers graduated from Westport High School in 1960 and began his career in banking with Commerce Bank. He also worked at Empire State Bank and Mark Twain Bank, as well as serving as a Missouri State Bank Examiner, before joining The Bank of Otterville in 1982 where he stayed until he retired in 2008. He was also in the US Air Force Reserves during part of his career.
Myers married Sharon Sue Shephard on January 16, 1965 at Independence Blvd. Christian Church in Kansas City, MO. Myers and Sue made their home on a small farm near Excelsior Springs, MO, where they raised horses and border collies. He also enjoyed showing paint horses for many years, traveling around the USA to work at horse sales and serving as the President of the Missouri Paint Horse Association in the early 1970s.
In 1982, Myers and Sue sold the farm and moved to rural Sedalia. He then took up his childhood passion of fishing with so many lakes in Central Missouri to enjoy. He was an active supporter of Missouri heritage and conservation throughout his life.
Myers and Sue were blessed with one daughter, Christie Lynn. He also considered Christie’s closest friends, Kristy Farrington Steigerwalt, Timothy Stoke, and Angela Reed Williams, to be part of his family. He and Sue often referred to Kristy, Timothy, and Angela as their other children.
Myers is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sue Johnson of Sedalia, and their daughter, Christie Walker of Swindon, England. He is also survived by several cousins, including: Charlene Bowring, who was like a sister to him as children; Jimmy Jones; and Ronnie Jones. He was predeceased by his loving grandparents Mother and Dad Jones, his parents, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial service will be 2:00 pm Sunday, February 19, 2023 at Heckart Funeral Home.
There will be a reception in the Heckart Family Center immediately following the service.
Interment will be at a later date in Crown Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial donations to: The Missouri Department of Conservation or The Sedalia Animal Shelter in care of Heckart Funeral Home.