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Johnny Rhea

January 28, 1949 ~ April 18, 2013

Johnnie Lee Rhea, 64, of Caldwell, Kansas, died Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Caldwell.

Johnnie was born the son of Caleb Marshall and Dorothy Mae (Kistler) Rhea on January 28, 1949 in Wichita, Kansas.

He joined the US Marine Corp on February 1, 1966 at the age of 17. He served in Vietnam in the Night Forces Unit and was honorably discharged on May 20, 1968.

Johnnie is survived by his sister, Greta Morton and her husband E.E. of Waldron, Arkansas and niece Brenda Cedillo of Wichita, Kansas.

A memorial service will be held 12:00 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Community Building in Caldwell.

Inurnment will be in the Caldwell City Cemetery, Caldwell, Kansas.

Memorials may be given to the Border Queen Cruiser's in memory of Johnnie to provide a bench downtown.

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Scott Bannister

Family and Friends - 04/20/2013

Will miss you Johnny. Your witt, quirkiness and your smile. You always spoke and waived to everyone. We thank you for your service to your country !+


Shawna and Greg Schneider

Family and Friends - 04/22/2013

You certainly left your mark here in Caldwell and for our country. Such a kind spirit. We are all touched by your loss.


Laverne Chapman

Family and Friends - 04/22/2013

Will miss your smiles and the jokes you would tell me. So sorry to hear you are no longer with us. Thank you for you service to our country.


Susan Orsbon

Family and Friends - 04/22/2013

I pray you are finally at peace Uncle Johnnie. Thank you for your service to our Country.


Debbie Green Barnes and family

Family and Friends - 04/23/2013

There are not enough words of "Thank You" for your service to our Country and the indelible mark that you have left on the hearts of the people of Caldwell.

I will miss our encounters of "There's Debbie Green!" and your quick wit. Rest In Peace Johnnie! You have earned it!


Bill & Vonya Schwertfeger

Family and Friends - 04/23/2013

Johnnie, Nobody could wave the way you did. My Mom said she always knew you really meant it when you waved. We will miss seeing you around. Thanks so much for your service to our country.


Jan Cochran

Family and Friends - 04/24/2013

Johnnie, thanks for being a good friend. You were the most amazing person. You truly loved animals and people. Thanks for my nickname you gave me years ago. One day pulling up to John Mitchell's station I was playing the oldies song lollipop and since then I knew it was you when I heard lollipop. I'd look around and there you were. Thanks for the service you did for our country. You will be missed.


Cheryl Warner

Family and Friends - 04/25/2013

Johnnie, everyday for years you came to the store and asked me cooking advice. Will miss all the questions! And the wave and smile as you went by. Thank you for the service you gave our great country.

There is no place better on earth and no men better than the ones who serve in the armed forces. The little town of Caldwell will miss you.


Janet Vandruff & family

Family and Friends - 05/13/2013

Johnny, thanks for the service to our country! I do remember a time when we (me and my family) took you to Arkansas. We were in my dad's big station wagon. You wanted to be dropped off at your sister's house while we went to visit our kin, who were also Arkansas folks. We were there a couple of days. Anyway, you were at the very back of the car. Ha! Every time we turned a corner, you went rolling around the back end. That was hilarious! I think you got woke up a time or two.

I do remember the last words you spoke to me were she or he doesn't like kids ,as I reached down to pet your dog .Don't remember the gender of the dog. Sorry Johnny! You'll be happy to know she or he went to a good home! We already had a Scooby, so we didn't need your Scooby too. They would have gotten their names tangled up anyway. Ha!



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