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In Memory of

Johnson H. Kell

June 29, 1919 - May 11, 2017

Obituary


Johnson Hatcher Kell, Jr. left us to meet his Lord in Heaven on May 11, 2017. Johnson was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He was a faithful member of the Bear Valley church of Christ in Lakewood, Colorado for over forty-five years.

Johnson was born in Imboden, Arkansas to Johnson Hatcher Kell, Sr. and Mattie McLaughlin Kell. He was the second youngest of twelve children. He graduated from Sloan-Hendrix High School in Imboden and attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. During World War II, Johnson served in the...

Johnson Hatcher Kell, Jr. left us to meet his Lord in Heaven on May 11, 2017. Johnson was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He was a faithful member of the Bear Valley church of Christ in Lakewood, Colorado for over forty-five years.

Johnson was born in Imboden, Arkansas to Johnson Hatcher Kell, Sr. and Mattie McLaughlin Kell. He was the second youngest of twelve children. He graduated from Sloan-Hendrix High School in Imboden and attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. During World War II, Johnson served in the U.S. Navy as a pharmacist mate on a destroyer in the Pacific. He was transferred to the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a Marine Corpsman during the Battle of Iwo Jima in February 1945. Johnson met his beloved Dorothy McDonald in 1945 and they were married on October 28, 1945 in Los Angeles, California. Soon afterward, they moved to Spokane, Washington where he was employed by U.S. Plywood Corporation.

Their first son, Kevin Kell, was born in Spokane on August 19, 1956. Soon after, Johnson was transferred to Santa Barbara, California and promoted to manager of the U.S. Plywood regional office. Their second son, Mark Kell, was born in Santa Barbara, California on December 12, 1958.

In 1971, Johnson and his family moved to Denver, Colorado where he was promoted to regional manager of the local U.S. Plywood office. Johnson retired from Champion International Corporation (formerly U.S. Plywood) in 1981. Johnson and Dorothy briefly retired to Carpentaria, California, but returned to Denver in 1989 to be close to their grandchildren.

He loved playing golf and tennis during his retirement years. He played golf well into his eighties and played tennis in a senior's league until age ninety-three.

Johnson Hatcher Kell, Jr. was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, his mother and father, as well as ten brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his brother, Herbert Wilson (Betty Sue) Kell of Marianna, Arkansas, his sons, Kevin Kell (Cherrie), Mark Kell (LaDonna), five grandsons, and a great-granddaughter.

Arrangements under the direction of Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary, Cemetery & Arboretum, Wheat Ridge, CO.