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Marilyn F. Johnson

Marilyn F. Johnson Marilyn F. Johnson, age 84, of Manhattan, died September 15, 2016, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

She was born April 7, 1932, in Riley County, the daughter of Alfred W. “Butch” and Lula P. (Haller) Dettmer.

On March 18, 1951, in Riley County, Kansas, she was married to Robert G. Johnson.

Marilyn was a Certified Professional Legal Secretary and received her professional certification in 1973 from Washburn Law School and was employed originally by the Springer and Rogers Law Firm and continued with John F. Stites for over 50 years. She was named Kansas Legal Secretary of the Year and the National Legal Secretary of the Year by the National Legal Secretaries Association.

She was a Charter Member of the Blue Valley Memorial United Methodist Church, Beta Sigma Phi a social and service organization since 1958, a Docent at Sunset Zoo for 28 years and a past Docent at Konza Prairie, served on the Advisory Board for Office Technology for Manhattan Vo-Tech; and had served on the Sunset Zoo Trust Board for eight years and the Konza Prairie Board for three years.

Marilyn was an artist and worked mainly in pastels and in pencil drawings. She was also a photographer and videographer for Sunset Zoo for many years.

Marilyn and Bob traveled to Africa many times and loved to watch and photograph wildlife, especially the big cats, and visit with the African natives. They also were members of the 3rd Kansas Light Artillery Civil War reenactment group. Both of them have a great love of birds of prey and worked with the birds of prey at Sunset Zoo handling hawks, owls and eagles.

Survivors include her husband Bob of the home; two children: Cynthia A. Kite and her husband Timothy J. of Onaga, KS, and Kent R. Johnson and his wife Lana J. of Maple Hill, KS; three siblings: Gene Dettmer of Olathe, KS, Arlen Dettmer of Alta Vista, KS, and Arlyss Hagedorn of Fort Worth, TX; one granddaughter, her pride and joy, Ashlyn A. Kite-Hartwich and her husband Cody; three step-grandchildren: Martina Beseau Johnson, Timothy Beseau and Tiffany Beseau-Clayton; two great-grandchildren: Wren and Griffon Hartwich; and three step great-grandchildren: Jordan Johnson, Zeke and Zane Clayton.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Wednesday, September 21st, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend Kevin Larson officiating. Interment will follow in the Randolph/Fancy Creek Cemetery north of Randolph.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 20th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left for the family by clicking on "Send Condolences" on this page.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Manhattan Sunset Zoo or Blue Valley Memorial United Methodist Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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