Lester Marion (Marty/Marnie) Johnson, Jr., age 64 died February 7 2021. He was born May 3, 1956 in Kansas City, KS the son of Lester Marion Johnson and Winifred Beryl (Brown) Johnson. He married the love of his life Christy Zeltner on October 16th, 2004.
Marty spent many years working as a Laborer for Local 1290 in construction.
Marty never met a stranger. He had the gift of gab and never missed an opportunity to get to know people and help them whenever he could. He would pull over on the side of the road to help a random stranger change a tire and never accept a dime, just a pay it forward he would say and he was off. He knew all the neighbors by name, when neighbors were having surgery, when they were having children. He considered himself a one-man Neighborhood Watch. He helped people move, fix their house, carry boxes from the auction house, fix their vehicle whatever they needed, he was there.
He took the most care of and pride in his wife, Christy. They were inseparable and enjoyed going to flea markets and traveling together with friends. They enjoyed fixing up furniture to sell in their many antique booths around town. While they loved going to places with friends, they really preferred each other’s company and packed forty years of memories in the short 16 years of marriage. She never had to make a pot of coffee in all the years of marriage and he would refill the cup as often as she needed. He gave the best foot rubs and drove her in the ice and snow. There was never a doubt of the love between them.
He was a big softie when it came to his dachshunds. Though they had many over the years, he was particularly attached to Fagen, his sausage girl and he cried when she died. He took complete care of all of them and relished every moment when he would lay on the floor to be slathered in their kisses.
He is survived by his wife, Christy and their dachshunds, Rocky, Walker, Fiona and Ellie of Kansas City, MO, brother, Robert Johnson of Kansas City, KS and Godmother and second mother, Janet Waugh of Kansas City, KS. He is preceded in death by his parents and dachshunds, Maggie, Fagen, Miles and DeeDee.
A celebration of life is planned for Sunday, February 21st at M&M Auction House, 2520 NW Vivion Road, Northmoor, MO 64150 from 1:00 to 4:00. It will be a come and go with Marty’s favorite foods, though a short service will be held around 2:00. It is a large facility where social distancing can be maintained and masks WILL BE REQUIRED. The family asks for guests not to wear suits, ties, dresses or anything fancy. Please dress casually.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Randi’s Rockin’ Dachshund Rescue, a Kansas City based non-profit dachshund rescue. Donations can be sent to Randi’s Rockin’ Dachshund Rescue 16530 Springdale, Leavenworth, KS 66048 or ScrapsKC whose mission is to bring comfort to the Kansas City homeless. Donations can be sent to ScrapsKC 3269 Roanoke Road, Kansas City, MO 64111. Please put for Marty Johnson Memorial on any checks so they know it is for him. Knowing that humans and furbabies are being taken care of would mean the world to him.