RICHFIELD – Martin Russell Johns, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at Stanton County Long Term Care Unit in Johnson City.
He was born Aug. 26, 1921, to Jesse Julius and Edna Pearl (Russell) Johns in Geneva, Neb.
He married Helen Esther Hand Sept. 16, 1945, in Partridge at the Methodist Church. She survives.
He graduated from a country grade school near Big Bow and attended Johnson City High School for three years. He graduated from Center View High School in 1938. He attended Kansas State Teachers College, now Emporia State University.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater. He was a member of the 32nd International Business Machine Unit, serving under General Omar Bradley. He received an honorable discharge on Oct. 1, 1945. He was a farmer in the Richfield area.
He was a member of the Richfiled United Methodist Church and the Richfield United Methodist Men. He was church youth choir director, church song leader and youth Sunday school teacher.
He was a former county Farm Bureau preesident and a member of the Pioneer Electric Cooperative, serving on the board of directors for 18 years.
Other survivors include five sons, Dennis Martin Johns, Wichita, Daryl Tremain Johns and wife, Carol, Daphne, Ala., Norman Dallas Johns and wife, Geralynn, Richfield, Brian Lane Johns, Wichita, and Michael Sterling Owings, Wichita; six grandchildren, Justin Johns, Jennifer Henriksen and husband, Ryan, Jordan Johns and wife, Laura, Joshua Johns and wife, Sarah, Jamieson Johns and Jessica Johns; two great-grandchildren, Alexia Adams and Colton Johns; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one stillborn son, Barry Eugene Johns; and one brother, Julius J. Johns.
o Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Richfield United Methodist Church with the Rev. Sandy Ferguson presiding.
Burial will be at the Richfield Cemetery.
Friends may call unitl 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Paul’s Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the Martin Russell Johns Fund, and proceeds will be for Rolla Schools Music Department and the Richfield United Methodist Church and may be mailed to Paul’s Funeral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, KS 67951.