Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Daryl Alan Johnson 1985-2004

Daryl Alan Johnson, son of Todd and Susanne Johnson, was born November 15, 1985 in Bremen, Germany. Daryl and his family lived in the Waynesville/Laquey area off and on since 1986 and settled in the area in 1998 after his father retired from the military. He was very intelligent and started attending college courses at night while in high school. Daryl was proud to be furthering his education at a local college.

Daryl loved to be outdoors, whether it was hunting, fishing or just riding his 4-wheeler. He was a very talented artist, liked playing the piano, and was very athletic. He lifted weights, was a swimmer and played baseball. He loved animals, especially his pet cat, Sammy and his friend's pet, Reilly. He was very loving and outgoing and enjoyed spending time with children, so much so that he frequently volunteered to work with children's programs including students with special needs. Most importantly, Daryl treasured the times that he could spend with his family, especially his nephews and other very close family friends and their children.

Daryl passed away on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at the age of 18 years, 11 months and 4 days.

Daryl will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by his parents: Todd and Susanne Johnson of the home; paternal grandmother: Elaine Stoudt and her husband, Dennis of Springdale, AR; paternal grandfather: Leonard Johnson and his wife, Jane, of Rock Falls, IL; paternal great grandmother: Helen Johnson of Rock Falls, IL; maternal grandmother: Lydia Rauer of Bremen, Germany; one brother: Benjamin Johnson and his wife, Leann, of St. Robert, MO; two nephews: Damon and Christopher Johnson; and special family friends: Pete and Diane Diekmann, their daughters, Tami Harrigal and Traci Mathieu including grandchildren Michael and Madison Mathieu; several other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Heinz Rauer in June 1996.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 23, 2004 in the Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Rev. Dwain Carter and Rev. Bill Turner officiating. Family friend, Diane Diekmann, read a meaningful poem that she had written for the family. Pianist Dawn Keenan, Daryl's aunt, played beautiful prelude music and sang "Amazing Grace". Soloist Mark Meyers sang "I Can Only Imagine". Serving as escorts were Pete Diekmann, Ray Ehret, Kevin Hess, Earl Jackson, Manuel Myers and Will Turner. Serving as honorary escort was Daryl's brother, Benjamin Johnson.

Burial followed in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

Memorial contributions are suggested in memory of Daryl Johnson and may be left at the funeral home.

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