Roy D. Johansen, 77, of Hamlin, died April 25, 2021, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka.
Roy was born March 16, 1944, in Bingham, Nebraska, one of eleven children of James and Edna Brammer Johansen and had lived nearly all of his life in Brown County, where he attended schools.
He joined the 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, Kansas Army National Guard, where he served for over 18 years before retiring.
Roy worked as a backhoe operator with the Gas Service Company for many years before retiring.
He married Marilyn Glenn Jan. 1, 1965. They made their home at Hiawatha for several years before she died March 16, 1995. He was also preceded in death by his parents, daughter Janette Jill, and son Michael and his wife Laura.
Survivors include his son Jeff Johansen (Kim) of Topeka, two grandchildren, stepson Matt Adam (Bonnie) with three stepgrandchildren. He is also survived by his sibling Jim Johansen; Hazel Hester, Burlington Junction, Missouri; Pat Davidson, Wymore, Nebraska; Barbara Boyles, Betty Hayes, John Johansen, Sandra McClenny, Susan Mowry, Tom Johansen, all of Hiawatha; David Johansen, Nevada, Missouri; and Eric Dreher, Kansas City, Missouri.
The family would like to thank the many who stopped to visit. Roy loved life, his many friends, especially those at the Sabetha Hospital and Brown County Law Enforcement. Once you became Roy’s friend, you were a friend for life! Roy was a “pay forward” friend and was often seen assisting others who needed him. He had a strong faith in God. He also was involved with scouting, and had been a scout leader.
Roy enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, anything that had to do with being outdoors. He got great pleasure being able to pass on, for example, his hunting skills, and watch it pay off. Roy got more excited than the hunter!!
A celebration of Roy’s life is planned for 11 a.m. Friday, May 7, at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha, with Tony French officiating. Military honors will be presented courtesy of the Brown County Veterans Honor Guard.
The family will meet with friends one hour prior to services. Masks are highly recommended.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Roy Johansen Memorial Fund, sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7th St., 66434.
A special note of remembrance may be sent to www.chapeloaksfuneralCaution-home.com , which is also the site for livestreaming services.