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Obituaries

Obituaries

Robert Stone Johnson 1919 - 2006 Lawrence

Private inurnment services for Robert Stone Johnson, 86, Lawrence, will be at a later date in Mount Hope Cemetery in Topeka. Mr. Johnson died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was born May 20, 1919, in Topeka, the son of Beryl R. and Lilian Stone Johnson. He graduated in 1941 from Washburn University, where he completed his law degree in 1948.Mr. Johnson served in the U.S. Army and commanded the 3205th Quartermaster of the 6th Engineer Special Brigade. He participated in the assault on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, on June 6 and 7, 1944. He was discharged as a major in February 1946 and remained in the U.S. Army Reserve in the Judge Advocate General's Corps until he retired as a lieutenant colonel.He practiced law in Topeka for 51 years, and had represented the Prairie Band of the Potawatomi Nation in their treaty claims cases against the United States.He served as president of the Shawnee County Historical Society, Mulvane Art Center, Family Service and Guidance Center, the Community Resources Council, the Thomas Jefferson Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Downtown Topeka Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation. He was a member of the board emeriti of the Kansas State Historical Society, and was a member of the board of Historic Topeka Inc. and the Mayflower Society.Mr. Johnson was also a member of the Lawrence Rotary Club, the Charles Robinson chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and served on the board of Friends of the Free State Capitol and was active in the preservation and restoration of the Free State Capitol on Kansas Avenue in Topeka.He married Simone Amardeil on Oct. 6, 1945, in Rheims, France. She survives, of the home. Other survivors include two daughters, Sylvie Rueff and Nicole Schneider, both of Lawrence; and four grandchildren.The family suggests memorials to the Robert and Simone Johnson Scholarship Fund at Washburn University, 1700 S.W. College Avenue, Topeka 66606 or Friends of the Free State Capitol, P.O. Box 2551, Topeka 66601.