Gerald Howard Johnson

Gerald Howard Johnson

Gerald Howard Johnson of Annapolis passed away on Aug. 17, 2018 in St. Louis. He was 82.

He was born on Nov. 27, 1935 in Annapolis, a son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Irene Risher Johnson, and Tessie Johnson.

On May 4, 1957 he was united in marriage to Gayle Gallaher, who survives.

To this union was born two children, Michael Lynn Johnson and wife Karen, and Cheryl Elaine Casteel and husband Jeff, both of Annapolis.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Helbert and Pete Johnson; two sisters, Mable Jeffreys and Barbara Ann Skaggs; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Irene, his step mother Tessie, and a grandson Michael Christopher Johnson.

Gerald retired as Foreman with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) in the Annapolis facility after many years of service.

He was a 1953 graduate of Annapolis High School where he excelled in basketball and was named to the Missouri All State Basketball Team.

While proudly serving his Country in the United States Air Force, he met his loving wife, Gayle, of 61 years.

He was also a member of the Assembly of God Church in Des Arc.

A Celebration of Life was held on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. from Annapolis Church of The Nazarene with the Rev’s. Zach Hindman, Don Dement and Howard Casteel officiating.

Visitation began Monday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cole Family Funeral Home.Interment was in the Annapolis Cemetery with Military Honors.

Memorials may be made to the Annapolis Cemetery Assn. Online condolences may be made at