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Kristopher Johnson, 28, of Grand Rapids went to be in the loving arms of our Lord February 21, 2019 unexpectedly at home. Kris was the light of everyone he encountered. Kris’ wishes were to be cremated with a Celebration of Life.

The son of his loving mother, Jody Britten and father David Johnson, he was born September 21, 1990. He attended Grand Ledge high school where he played in the marching band,  graduating in 2009. He joined the U.S. Army and served as a combat medic. His love for science and the medical field led him to Ferris State University where he was to graduate in May of 2019 as a scientist in Molecular Diagnostics. We believed Kris could follow his passion and discover a cure for cancer. Kristopher was going to be joining the medical team at the University of Michigan hospital this summer. He enjoyed being with family and friends, going to concerts, festivals, traveling, and helping everyone he could. Kristopher’s smart aleck comments and his ability to break out in dance kept everyone laughing. He was the rock to many of his family and friends.

Kristopher is survived by his loving mother, Jody Britten-Johnson of Lansing; father, David Johnson of WI; big brother, David (Morgan) Johnson;  special and loving grandmother, Lois Britten of Ithaca; grandpa, Adam (Mary) Britten of Maple Rapids;  his special and favorite aunt, Heidi Zent of Grand Rapids; aunts, Cammy Davidson of Alma, Vicky Russell of Milford, Marcy Johnson of St. Charles, and Jamie Schneider of Jonesville; uncles, Terry (Diane) Piggott of Alma, Tony (Lori) Piggott of Ithaca, and Rick Piggott of Grand Rapids; cousin and best friend, Bradley Britten of Rockford; cousins, Tyler Davidson of Breckenridge, Trevor Davidson of Alma, Justin Piggott of St. Louis, Logan Piggott of Alma, Tara Parsons of St. Louis, Mariah Rae of Wayland, and Tiffany Betzer of Mount Pleasant, great-grandma Rose VanWormer of St. Charles; grandpa, Richard Johnson of Saginaw and other family members of the Johnson Family; half-sister, Gabriel Tice of Mount Pleasant; nephew, Sky Johnson; second cousins, Brody & Bentley Davidson, and Lola Parson; his special and loving friend, Spencer Mohr; and other friends; Lauren Rae Abosamra, Olivia Licari, Melissa Macolm, Katie Richie, and Sarah Mckeon. He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Dale Gushen; and great-grandma, Beatrice Patton. 

We know when people think of Kris they will always remember his silliness, his ability to make everyone laugh, and lets not forget those toes.

“Me love you long time”

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations sent to his newly born nephew, Sky Johnson to MSU Credit Union Lansing Michigan care of Jody Pohl.

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Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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9 Condolences

  1. Carolyn Boyce on February 27, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    You were a bright spot in class. Your sense of humor made the day brighter. Your DMOL “family” misses you every day.

  2. Jacqueline Peacock on February 27, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Kris was a vibrant member of the Ferris molecular diagnostics family, and I will always remember his humor, work ethic, and generous spirit. I am honored to have known him these past few years, and so sorry to hear of his passing.

  3. Morgan T. Johnson on February 27, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    I wish I’d gotten to know you better. We’ll keep your memory alive with your little nephew. He’ll know you through the loving stories his father has plenty to tell. You will be missed, Kris, and never forgotten.

  4. Aunt Heidi on February 28, 2019 at 10:51 am

    My sweet Kris, I am so greatful you did so many silly things that people stopped to video tape you , so I can hear your laugh and see you smile. You were such an amazing gift to this world. I shared some of my most favorite moments in my life with you . You were my nephew but your were my son !!! You made your mark in this world and no one will ever forget you ! I love you !

  5. Jenna M. on February 28, 2019 at 10:55 am

    I am terribly sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort provide your family with strength during this very difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3;4)

  6. Tara Parsons on February 28, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    You were my favorite cousin, Kris. Youre so missed already. I love you, homie.

  7. Jenna K. on March 2, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Kris, You were always a joy to be around. You always had me cracking up with your humor. I’m glad I got to know you over the past couple of years in class. You will be missed my friend.

  8. Dr. Lincoln Gibbs on March 5, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    To the Johnson family: Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss. Kristopher was a cherished member of the College of Health Professions family at Ferris State University. He is deeply missed by his peers, faculty and college leadership. Kristopher was on track to graduate this May 19 with his bachelors degree. As the Dean of the college, it is with great honor that I grant him a posthumous degree in May. Kristopher will always be a beloved Ferris Bulldog!

  9. Tim M on March 7, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Jody, Heidi, Lois…so sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed hanging with Kris back in the day. He was a big goofball and hilarious. It’s been several years since I’ve seen any of you, but I’m glad to see Kris continued to pursue a career in the medical field. I knew back then he could do anything he wanted. So sorry. My thoughts are with you.

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