Leo E. Johns, Jr., M.D., Lenexa (formerly of Kansas City), died April 20, 2005, from complications associated with paraplegia. His paralysis resulted from a 1985 fall. He was 82 years old.
The family held a memorial service at Atonement Lutheran Church on Friday, April 22, and hosted a reception at the church following the service. Leo donated his body to medical research via the Kansas University Medical Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Heart of America Council, 10210 Holmes, Kansas City, MO, 64131, or to Atonement Lutheran Church, 9948 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS, 66212.
Leo was born June 9, 1922, in Floresville, Texas, to Leo E. Johns, Sr. and Cora Ayers Johns. He spent his boyhood in Floresville where he enjoyed sports and was once crowned King Reboog of the Floresville Peanut Festival. After attending Tulane University to receive his B.S. and M.D. degrees, Leo became a Captain in the US Army, serving in hospitals in Colorado and Germany. He completed specialty training in Pulmonary Medicine.
In 1951, Leo married Edna Caroline Shealy of South Carolina in a ceremony in Germany. After living in New Orleans, and Norfolk, Va., Leo moved his family to Kansas City where he became Director of Medical Education at General Hospital.
In 1963, Leo transferred his medical services to Kansas University Medical Center and KC's Veteran’s Administration Hospital. Until his retirement in 1985, Dr. Johns served KU as Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, and the VA as Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory.
Leo loved the outdoors, enjoying hiking and camping trips to Colorado and Philmont Scout Ranch with his 3 Eagle sons. He served the area Boy Scout Council for many years. He was Sachem Great Healing Serpent in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, and was awarded the Silver Beaver, Scouting's highest honor.
Leo was a superb teacher and will be remembered by the physicians he trained. Dr. Johns was tireless and creative, facing his disability with energy and determination as he invented unique strategies to address its challenges.
Leo was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Herbert and Bob. He is survived by Edna, his wife of 53 years. He is also survived by 4 children and their spouses: Christine and Dr. Michael Mathews, Olathe; Leo III (Bud) and Nancy Johns, Overland Park; Dr. Robert and Patsy Johns, Overland Park; and Dr. Theodore (Ted) and Amy Johns, Dallas, Texas, as well as 14 grandchildren.
Leo will be missed by his family, many friends and those whose lives he touched. Few know as much as this man did, and fewer still find ways to teach others as effectively.
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