LAKIN — William T. “Bill” Johnson, 77, of Lakin, died Monday, April 30, 2018, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.  

He was born Jan. 5, 1941, in Concord, Tenn., to Harry Taylor and Helen Brashier Johnson. He graduated from high school in 1959 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

A Lakin resident since 1962, Mr. Johnson worked most of his life as a mechanic. He first worked at the Texaco Station, then for the next 30 years he worked at Lakin Motor Co. From 1990 to 2000, he worked for the City of Lakin at the Lakin Municipal Power Plant. He served on the Beymer Park Advisory Board and on the Lakin Fire Department from 1977 to 1998, serving as fire chief from 1986 to 1998. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching sports and car races, and restoring old cars.

On Dec. 26, 1962, he married Patricia E. “Pat” Rich in Lakin. She died Aug. 2, 2014. He also was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Patti Duffield.

Survivors include a daughter, Wendy and husband Gayler Pearson of Lakin; a sister, Glenda Woodcox of Warsaw, Ind.; and two grandsons, Hayden Pearson and Parker Pearson.

A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Lakin Cemetery.  

There will be no visitation. Condolences may be posted at Memorials are suggested to Deerfield United Methodist Church or St. Catherine Hospice, both in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 508 N. Main St., Lakin, KS 67860.