Aug 22, 1928---Aug 13, 2022

Johnny Eli Winston, 93, passed away peacefully on August 13, 2022, at home in Overland Park, Kansas …or for those that knew Johnny’s superstitious side, that would be August 12 + 1!  Visitation and funeral services will be Saturday, August 20 at Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, Kansas.  Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. and funeral services will begin at 1:30 p.m.  Interment will follow the funeral at Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens, 23215 W 75th St, Shawnee, Kansas.  

Johnny was born in Franklin County, North Carolina August 22, 1928, on a diversified crop and livestock farm to Johnnie Gray Winston and Mary Candace Scarborough Winston.  Following his grandfather’s death the family moved to the Scarborough Homeplace in Mark’s Creek, North Carolina (now known as Wendell, NC).  Johnny graduated from Wendell High School in 1945, then attended Oak Ridge Military Academy.  In May 1950, Johnny received his Bachelor of Arts degree from East Carolina Teachers College (now East Carolina University) before entering the U.S. Navy that fall.  Stationed in San Diego, California, this is where Johnny met his wife of 69 years, Rose.  Johnny, Rose, and infant son, Andy returned to North Carolina late in 1954 at which time he entered North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina (GO Pack!), majoring in Animal Science.  Before graduating with honors in 1956, Johnny was active with the Agricultural Club, the Agricultural Honorary Alpha Zeta fraternity, and the Animal Industry Club.

Following graduation, Johnny served as Assistant County Agent in Northampton County, was Secretary Fieldman for the North Carolina Hereford Association, then returned to family farming in 1961.  In 1964, he joined the staff of the American Hereford Journal traveling the northeastern United States.  In 1967, Johnny accepted a position with the Polled Hereford World representing the northeastern United States, being promoted to Director of Field Services – Eastern United States in 1970 which transferred Johnny and his family to Kansas City.  Later he headed up the entire United States field staff of the combined Polled Hereford World and American Polled Hereford Association.  After 20+ years of service, Johnny retired in 1992 as the Senior Vice President of the Member Service Department.

Although retired officially, Johnny continued in a marketing/consultation role for Ace Polled Herefords – Millbrook, New York and Skiatook, Oklahoma; National Cattle Services – Elgin, Oklahoma; and numerous herds across the United States and Canada.  In 1996, he reduced his involvement in marketing Polled Herefords to Star Lake Cattle Ranch – Skiatook, Oklahoma until 2008 when he decided upon full retirement.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sara Kathryn Winston Soderberg; sisters, Lucy “Sassy” Goode and Mary “Bugg” Pair.  He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Rose R. Winston, of the home; son, Andy Winston (Terry) of Lee’s Summit; daughter, Mary Gray Winston of Overland Park; granddaughters, Chrystal Winston of Kansas City, Carly Winston Prewitt (Derrick) of Raymore, Mindy Soderberg Pagenkopf of Hayesville, Sarah Kathryn Winston Davis (Michael) of Lansing, Jessica Sandy (Patrick) of Lee’s Summit; grandsons, Johnny Michael Winston (Sarah) of Overland Park, Andrew Charles Soderberg of Wichita; 12 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great granddaughter.

A scholarship endowment is being established at the Hereford Youth Foundation of America in Johnny Winston’s memory. All proceeds will benefit the next generation and positively impact youth involved in the National Junior Hereford Association. To make a memorial contribution and donate to the scholarship endowment you may do so online at https://herefordyouthfoundation.org/how-to-give/give-now/.

Checks may also be sent to

Hereford Youth Foundation of America

11500 N Ambassador Dr.
Suite #410
Kansas City, MO 64153.

When sending checks, please put Johnny Winston in the memo.



Condolences

Sarah and Jeff Egnatic Aug 16 ,2022

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Johnny was a fixture of the North Overland Park Home Depot. His laughter, smile and stories will be greatly missed by all that knew this amazing man! Our love and thoughts go out to your entire family!

Kelly Owen Aug 17 ,2022

Friend ,Ft Payne ,AL

From the family at Tennessee River Music., Inc., Ft.Payne AL: What a fright it was to have Johnny as a friend, especially in the “ early Hereford “ days with sales and cattle shows etc. His presence at a cattle sale was the best!! Our family values were the same; love for cattle the same. Just great memories of Johnny we will have forever. “THANK GOD FOR HEAVEN CAUSE THAT’S WHERE WE ALL WANT TO BE”. Johnny beat us there !! Love and prayers from the TRM FAMILY . Kelly Randy Randa John And extended families

Donato Ramos Aug 17 ,2022

Friend ,Laredo ,Texas

Johnny was a very dear friend and special person. I knew him throughout my entire career breeding Herefords and I would describe him as the voice and greatest promoter of Herefords. Always there to help and promote Herefords. Great person! Lost a legend and great person! My prayers and condolences to Rose and family Donato D Ramos Laredo, Texas

Kim Aug 18 ,2022

Co-worker ,Caldwell ,Idaho

APHA was my first job away from my home state. Johnny and Ed Bible definitely were great mentors for us young ones on how to live, work and treat others. I’m certain Johnny’s list of friends stretches to the moon and back. Sending hugs and prayers from our family. —Kim (Kanzler) Holt

Sue Rowland Aug 18 ,2022

Hereford Friend ,Marysville ,Kansas

So sorry to hear this. Johnny was a special guy in the "HEREFORD COMMUNITY". He knew all of us and never missed visiting with you at an event. I always admired how he would have his staff have EARLY breakfast together every morning before a show to go over details of the day. At some point he mailed me all the left over junior national shirts from the office, since one of our juniors got their display stolen from an exhibit board. He was a special guy. Rose, it was always good to see you at events when you came too. You never forget, but time helps heal. He is not suffering any more. Sue

Shelley Peak Aug 18 ,2022

Hereford friend ,Mount Gilead ,Ohio

Blessings for a wonderful wonderful person. Most of my fondest memories growing up showing Hereford cattle include Johnny. He always had encouraging words and a handshake or a pat in your back. Until we meet in the showring again! ❤️❤️

Gary Nichols Aug 19 ,2022

Johnny was my Boss ,Woodbury ,Tennessee

Johnny hired me to the field staff in 1977. He was a true road warrior ( I could never keep up with his schedule). Johnny taught me many lessons that have served me very well. Rest in peace Sir.

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Services

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Aug 20 ,2022
Time:
12:30 PM
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Event:
Funeral Service
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Aug 20 ,2022
Time:
1:30 PM
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