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Stephen Russell Johnson, age 62, resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died from cardiac complications on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Mercy Hospital. He was born July 12, 1952, in Paola, Kan., the son of Russell and Lena Wheeler Johnson.
He attended high school in Pleasanton, Kan. He then attended college at KU and the University of Southern California. He became a director of music videos, TV and commercials. He also made a film for Amnesty International. He won nine MTV music awards for directing the music video Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel. Additionally, he directed videos by Dire Straits and Talking Heads. He directed the first season of the children’s TV show, “Pee Wee’s Playhouse,” for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy award.
Survivors include his parents, Russell and Lena Johnson, Fort Scott; and his sister, Debra Johnson and husband Rick Dobrowsky, Olathe, Kan., and their daughters, Lauren and Dana. They will miss him dearly.
Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct graveside services at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in the Barnesville Cemetery, east of Fulton, Kan. Memorials are suggested to Doctors Without Borders and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online celebration wall at cheneywitt.com.

OBITUARIES

Wilhelmina “Billie” Rose Suddock

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  Linn County News Published Sept. 22, 2021   Wilhelmina “Billie” Rose Suddock, age 90, of Wichita, Kan., died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Home Health & Hospice of Kansas. Rosary... [More]

Virgil Elmer Spencer 08-08-1939 to 09-17-2021

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      Published in the Linn County News Sept. 22, 2021   Virgil Elmer Spencer, age 82, Mound City, Kansas passed away Friday, Sept.17, 2021. He was born on August 8, 1939 in rural Mound City, Kan. the son of Elmer Allen and Thelma Barker Spencer. ... [More]

Troy E. Mitchell 06-22-1934 to 09-17-2021

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  Troy E. Mitchell, age 87, of Pleasanton, Kan. passed away in Overland Park, Kan.on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.  Troy was born the son of Jesse James and Naomi Folsom Mitchell on June 23, 1934 in Kansas City, Kan.  He married Ruby Venable on October 4, 1951... [More]

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SPECIAL: Student detained after bringing knife to school

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Commissioners address SRO funding

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Pleasanton Council discusses annexation

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Blu-Jays hope for first strike Friday

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    LINN COUNTY NEWS NEWSPAPERSRME@yahoo.com After losing their first three games, including by 30-6 at Uniontown last Friday, Pleasanton’s Blu-Jays will be looking to score first when they host Troy at 7 p.m. this Friday in a non-district matchup. “We... [More]

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    LINN COUNTY NEWS holtadam82@yahoo.com The Prairie View football team continues to perform at a high level as they hosted Parsons on Sept. 17.  The Buffalos took control of the game early on both sides of the ball, which led to an eventual 38-14 victory.... [More]

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