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“Aunt Sylvia, I was so sorry to hear about Uncle Frank's passing. Know that you are always in our thoughts and prayers. We love you. paul, Cathy, Jim...Read More »
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“I just read of Franks passing. So sorry to find out about this. I met Frank when he became my neighbor and we have had many talks about real estate...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Teresa Saunders - Bedford, IN

“I first met Frank at Lonnie's Cafeteria where my husband Hugh and I were playing music for Sunday lunch. We had many good conversations with him. ...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Ginny Jones - Bedford, IN

“Frank married Rick and I in Nov 1987 and last year came to our 25th wedding ann party. He married our daughter Amanda and Travis in Oct 2005 and...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Lisa Chastain - bedford, IN

“I first met Frank at New Garden when I where I was a waitress. I always enjoyed talking to him and he was a comfort when I lost my mother back in 96....Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Renee - Lebanon, IN

“My fondest memories of Frank will always be his encouragement and when my grandfather (John Bundy) was late in his years and Frank led him to the...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Kenny Bundy - Bedford, IN


Frank Johnson, 81, passed away in his sleep at his home in Johnson Christian Village after an extended illness. Evangelist, Minister of the Gospel, Husband and Father of 5 children. He has been married to the love of hislife, Sylvia Beldean Johnson for 35 years. Frank was born in Buckhorn, Ky May 22, 1932 to Floyd and Mary White Johnson. His childhood years in Eastern Kentucky would lay an early foundation for hard work, love of country, and dedication to the Cause of Christ. In his early teens, Frank's family would move to Scott County Indiana where his love for the Lord and country directed his steps to enter the Army at 17. This tour of duty would take him to the front lines of the Korean Conflict including the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. Frank was decorated several times for courageous and effective service including being awarded the Bronze Star. Still in his early 20's the young veteran would enter Cincinnati Bible Seminary on the GI Bill. His heart's desire was to serve Christ, share the gospel of hope, and to equip laborers "for the Harvest of Changed Lives". For the next 60 years, these themes would be woven thru Frank's life and impact 1, 000's. One of his greatest joys was to see his 5 children faithful to God and serving in the life of the church. Frank has served more than 6 decades in the ministry in churches Ky, Mo, In, Va, Ca, and Oh. Helped to launch several church and mission endeavors making a difference around the world. These would include serving the 39th Street Christian Church for more than 24 years, giving birth to Johnson Christian Village and laying the groundwork for distance learning at Johnson Christian College. One of Frank's passions was to encourage dozens to enter full time Christian service. Only in Heaven will we understand the full reach in the harvest of changed lives due to this faithful servant of the Lord. He is survived by his wife of 35 years Sylvia Beldean Johnson; brothers Fred (Sue), Joe (Patty), Johnny (Karen) and Lonnie (Jackie); sisters Nettie Scott (Clyde) and Alice Marie Neice (Jerry Joe) Russell Johnson and Babs of Bedford and their son Justin (Alicia) and daughter Whitney. Justin's son Ezra and Whitney's boy Ashton are great grandsons Kathy Smith & husband Steve of Columbus, Ohio; Kathy's children Kristie, Kyle, Kaleb, Kory Karen Stoner and husband Tim of Joplin, Mo; Karen's children Devon, David, Joshua, Jeff, Chris, and Emily Philip Johnson and wife Lela of Lancaster, Oh; Philip's children Chanda and Matthew. Chanda's children are Eric, Justus, and Caleb are great grandchildren Debbie Bennitt and husband Mike of Nixa, Mo; their children Brianna (Peter), Ben, Justin, Ellie. Briana's son Zeke is a great grandson. The viewing and visitation will be Thursday afternoon 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the 39th Street Christian Church just off highway 37 on the south side of Bedford. The funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday at the church. Burial will follow in Dive Cemetery. The family requests that gifts be made to the 39th Street Christian Church in place of flowers. Services are under the direction of Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, Bedford.

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