John Darran Johannes

John Johannes, 52, of Lawrence Kansas died peacefully at home Monday, February 15, 2016, after battling a series of sepsis infections.

John was born May 30, 1963 to Jerry and Lois Lehman-Johannes in Horton, Kansas and grew up in Kansas and Southern California. In his youth he was active in Boy Scouts and in his teens and twenties was a sportsman spending his free time hunting and fishing. After graduating from Onaga High School he worked as an explosives technician for Hamm Quarries. John served in the Kansas Army National Guard where he was trained as a helicopter mechanic and Honorably Discharged in 1988. He graduated from Highland Community College in 1985 with an Associate in Arts with particular interest in geology and computer science.

John returned to working at Hamm while spending his evenings tinkering with computers and studying the stock market. He became an avid investor and trader reading the Wall Street Journal, poring over books of stock price charts and listening to market gurus on the radio while drilling blasting holes at the quarry.

While working at the quarry, John began studying Respiratory Therapy at Washburn University and graduated in 1992. During this time the convergence of technology, the internet and John’s knowledge of markets allowed him to become one of the first day traders riding the Bull Market of the late 1980’s &1990s to help pay for college.

More importantly, during this time, mutual friends introduced to John to the love of his life and best friend Ann Miller. They were married on June 24, 1995, at Lake Shawnee.
For years John worked at Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. He was a member of the American Association of Respiratory Care and held advanced registered certifications in respiratory therapy ranging from Neonatal Pediatric Specialty to Advanced Pulmonary Function Technologist.

John did not live to work, he worked to live. His keen intellect propelled him into hobbies like repairing antique firearms, golfing, building and flying large-scale model aircraft, advanced culinary arts, entertaining friends and family with elaborate dinners and building faster and more powerful home computers. He was a vacuum for knowledge, listening to NPR on the radio, watching PBS and reading newspapers, magazines and finance journals from across the U.S. and Europe. Friends and family would frequently receive links to articles published in Der Spiegel and the Times of London. John also spent his days doting on two dachshunds—Heidi and Greta.

John and Ann became accomplished travelers covering the US from New England to the Tidepools of Oregon, often traveling cross-country by Amtrack. John’s interest in geology and natural history took their trips to many places off the beaten path bringing back slide shows of unique geological formations and scenic vistas.

In recent years, John changed jobs to work at the VA Hospital in Leavenworth and developed interests in exploring the backcountry roads of the Mountain West by four-wheel-drive, Broadway musicals and shows at the Lied Center while still getting in regular helpings of life-long favorites Johnny Cash, Kansas City Chief’s, KU Basketball and anything Star Trek. John’s Captain was Kirk as played by Shatner.
His sharp intellectual curiosity, broad knowledge, wit and humor will be missed by friends, colleagues and family.

John is survived by his wife Ann; mother, Lois of Havensville, KS; two siblings, sister Cindy Johannes-Neal of Sharpesburg, GA and brother JD Johannes of Topeka, KS; and dachshund Greta.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry and dachshund Heidi.

Memorial services will be 2 pm, Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044. A visitation will be Monday from 6:30-7:30pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to Kansas City Public Television (KCPT) & Kansas Public Radio (KPR), sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

John’s ashes will be spread at the places he and Ann traveled to over the years.

Messages & Condolences

From Melissa Blanco...

I worked and laughed with John for several years at RMH. What an awesome guy with a big heart. May he rest in piece.

From Bruce Kocher...

I was a classmate at Onaga with John. I have many fond memories of running around with “Big John.” I will keep your family in my prayers.
Bruce Kocher
OHS Class of 1981

From Bob in Overland Park, Kansas...

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Johannes. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

From Amelia Ryan...

Our hearts grieve for you and your family. It’s an honor to work along side of you, Ann, and witness the love and care that you so readily, generously and compassionately give to children, families and coworkers. What a gift to know that your husband received and felt this love on a daily basis from you. Your CMH work family loves you, Ann.

From dan florence...

I sit here weeping knowing Johns suffering is over, and still I wish, selfishly, that he were still here. I know he is in a much better place. God bless you Ann. I know that you did everything to help John be at peace. Let us know when you need help, we will do what we can. Dan and Nancy

From Deb Perrin...

My heart goes out to you, Ann. I am so glad that John gave his life to Jesus and now rests in the comfort of His arms. Hold on to the fact that you will see him again one day (but not too soon). Love you, Deb

From Nancy Panjrarz...

Ann, so sorry. Would love to see you sometime.

From Debra Donoghue...

John was my coworker at RMH with the most genuine laugh and lots of smarts. John had a big strong voice, but he will be remembered for being a soft hearted person who cared deeply for his wife, family, patients,and his co-workers. In our last conversation, John’s last words were, ” I know the Lord, and the Lord knows me. Tell them I love everyone at the hospital.” John will suffer no more because of who he put his trust in. Absent from the body for the believer is present with the Lord. Ann may you find comfort in knowing how much John loved you and talked about you fondly. My hope for you is that the peace that surpasses understanding wrap around you in this time.

From Melissa Sudduth...

Ann, Thoughts and prayers with you. May God’s grace shower you as you treasure your memories of John.

From Rosemary Sayer...

Ann, I am so sorry for your loss. You had a great and very interesting partner from what I read.Prayers are with you and family during this time.

From Cathy wilson...

I worked with John at Ransom Memorial, wonderful to work with. Prayers and condolences to family.

From Dawn Ferguson...

I worked with John during his years at RMH. He was a truly good guy and friend, and a great
Co-worker. John was easy to laugh with and we always had interesting conversations. Rest easy now, John.

From Suzie Smith...

I am so sorry for your loss. He will always be with you in heart and memories. LOve to you, prayers.

From Sam & Nancy Flowers...

So sorry for your loss. May God bless you and keep you.

From Lynee...

So sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

From Lynda Bainbridge...

Thinking of you during this very difficult time, Ann. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

From Sally Fagan...

Ann,

My thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.

From Kimi Lucas...

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family Ann.

From Lindsay Jessee...

Ann, so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

From Michelle Waddell...

I am so sorry Ann. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

From Tanis (Holdeman) Stewart...

Ann, I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband and soulmate John. I will be praying for you to have peace that passes understanding and that the Love of Jesus will sustain and surround you during this diffucult time.
Tanis

From Jeanie Heiman...

Ann- I am so sorry to hear about John. Even tho we have lost contact since our days on Peds at S-V I have thought of you often. I remember well your “courting days” and wedding and how happy you both were. Keep those memories close as you mourn his loss.

From Henry L. Johns...

John was a good man, who will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. I will remember his dry wit, sharp intellect and infectious laugh at work. He never worried about the small stuff and was a,lays there when you needed him.

From Phyllis Baer...

My thoughts and prayers are being sent your way. May you find peace through all the memories you and John shared. No more pain and always watching over you in the arms of Jesus.

From Kathy Baharaeen...

Thinking of you, Ann, and sending hugs.

From Jan Hodge...

I always enjoyed John’s big robust laugh at work.

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