Albert Johnson went home to be with the Lord on November 10, 2017. He was born in Topeka on December 30, 1928, the son of Harry and Eda Johnson. He was raised in the Newman, Kansas area and attended school there. He married Beth Wiseman in Topeka at Seward Avenue Baptist Church on June 11, 1950. He was employed by the City of Topeka and the Santa Fe Railroad prior to becoming a respected businessman who owned and managed his service station for fifty-four years.
Albert was dedicated to the Lord and faithfully served Him. He was a charter member of Bethel Baptist Church and served in many leadership roles, including Deacon, Trustee, Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, Junior Church leader, and Missions Committee chairman. He was also involved in Youth for Christ, prison ministries, and was a board member of Evangelical Enterprises. He and his wife enjoyed hosting many missionaries and friends over the years.
He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-five years, Beth Johnson, a son, Thomas Johnson, and a sister, Anna Johnson. He is survived by a son, Bill (Linda) Johnson; a daughter, Donna (Nick) Calabrese, all of Topeka; six grandchildren, Zeke (Heidi) Calabrese, Kristi (Scott) Zakrzewski, Corey (Leslie) Calabrese, Matthew (Leah) Johnson, Angela Calabrese-Cain, Jamie (Stephen) Cochrane; two step-grandchildren, Shelly Allen and Walker (Jennifer) Mettler; and ten great-grandchildren, Phillip, Mikey and Nicole Cain, Isaac and Chloe Calabrese, Dawn, Paul, and Remington Cochrane, Kayla Zakrzewski, and Reuben Johnson.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at Bethel Baptist Church. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Newman, Kansas.
Albert will lie in state after 3:00 PM, Monday, at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Avenue, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 4011 North Kansas Avenue, Topeka, KS 66617.