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David Elliott Johnson, 82, Lawrence, Kan., passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary, Ottawa. Friends may pay their respects to Mr. Johnson 9 a.m. Thursday to the service hour at Dengel & Son Mortuary, where the family will meet with friends 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Interment is set for Highland Cemetery, Ottawa, with Masonic services by Ottawa Lodge No. 18, A.F. & A.M., and military honors by the Kansas National Guard.

David was born in Joplin, Mo., the son of Clarence T. and Nellie I. (Elliott) Johnson.

David was a longtime Topeka, Kan., resident, moving there from Ottawa, Kan.

He graduated from Ottawa High School. He attended Ottawa University and was a graduate of Southern Police Institute.

David was united in marriage with Peggy Sue Smith in Ottawa, Kan. She preceded him in death July 15, 1993.

He was a 50-year law enforcement professional from 1953 to retirement in 2003. He began his career working for the Ottawa Police Department; continuing with the Kansas Attorney General’s Office as an investigator; was the former director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, and Director of Security for the Kansas Racing Commission.

David served 20 years in the National Guard of Ottawa, retiring as Captain in 1969 and was Battery Commander of the 127 Field Artillery.

He was a member of the First Christian Church of Ottawa; 32nd Degree Mason of Ottawa Lodge No. 18, A.F. & A.M.; Arab Shrine Temple of Topeka; Scottish Rite; and Kansas Peace Officers Association.

Survivors include three daughters, Connie Packard and husband, Mark, Tulsa, Okla., Johnnie Buck and husband, Allan, Eudora, Kan., and DeEtt Hobbs and husband, Bruce, La Cygne, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Rick, Michael and Pepper Clutter, Jennifer Longhofer, Jordan Buck, Tanner Carlson and David Hobbs; 11 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

David also was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Clyde Johnson.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Alzheimer’s Association through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa KS 66067.

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