WØJM - September 20, 2009

WØJM - Johnny Marshall John G. 'Johnny' Marshall
Kansas City, KS
QCWA # 6327
It's not how many watts you have, its the SIZE of your watts that matter! -- Johnny Marshall, WØJM-SK

John G. Marshall, 96, of Kansas City, Kan., passed away September 20, 2009, at Galway Homes. He was an Amateur Radio (Ham) Radio Operator and a long time member of the Kansas City DX Club, Quarter Century Wireless Association, the American Radio Relay League and a founding member of the Heart of American Radio Club. As WØJM, he had contacted virtually every country in the world (well over 300) using Morse code (the original form of digital communications) and voice. Much of his career was as a bus driver for the Kansas City Public Service Company. He told many stories of his experiences; including the story of the time he drag raced (and won) a young driver while he was driving one of the propane powered buses. During World War II, John taught Morse code to hundreds of young servicemen. Johnny will be missed by his thousands of friends all over the world. The last thing he would say to all was "Goodbye Please."

At 7:05 p.m. this evening (Sept 20, 2009) John Marshall, WØJM passed away. John was 96 and a real dxer and CW expert. He was licensed in 1930 and spent many years as a bus and street car driver for the old Kansas City Public Service Company. We will have more information later on arrangements. - Larry Staples - WØAIB, Prairie Village, KS 66208-4260

We didn't mention that Johnny had DXCC Pre-War #18. Quite a guy! - Lee, KØLR

September 22, 2009 - It was my absolute pleasure in knowing Johnny. WØDR, David Roberts, Clinton, Missouri

September 22, 2009 - I had the pleasure of knowing John through the Kansas City DX CLub and QCWA Midwest Chapter 8. He is missed. 73 John. Bob Roske, NØUF Hutchinson, MN, QCWA National President

September 23, 2009 - Met Johnny through the KC DX Club about 8 years ago. He shared his ham experience and knowledge, and a few jokes, with who ever was close at hand. Now I'm sure Johnny is happy and talking with Samuel Morse about his invention - Morse Code. He will be missed by all who knew him. God Bless! Jim, ACØKN

September 23, 2009 - I only knew you a few years Johnny but what a inspiration you were to all in the amateur radio hobby. 73's to you and hope your getting a good signal up there, cuz you will be missed on the radio. KS1ANG, Judith Brown, Missouri

September 23, 2009 - A Great Gentleman! An accomplished story teller and a consummate Amateur Radio Operator. Godspeed, Johnny, we will miss you and 73 NØAG Tom Laux (Paola, KS)

September 23, 2009 - Johnny was a "regular" a the Kansas City DX Club meetings and always had a story or two to share with the rest of us. He will be missed! 73, Charlie, NØTT, Charlie Hansen, Napoleon, Missouri

September 24, 2009 - Johnny, I hope you find the "warm hands" you were always looking for. It has been fun being your friend. Goodbye Please. Lee Ward, KØLW, Peculiar, Missouri

September 25, 2009 - Johnny was a member of the QCWA and had lunch twice a week with his friends, many of whom are gone now. I just know they are having a big lunch together. I enjoyed Johnny and hearing about his many radio experiences very much. KØKUD Dick Willis, Leawood, Kansas

September 26, 2009 - Johnny, Thelma and I will miss you.I hope they have streetcars and ham radios up there for you to operate. I am so sorry you had to throw that big switch for the last time. 'CLICK' Jim Morgan, KØYLY, Overland Park, Kansas

December 24, 2009 - Johnny was an example of what a Gentleman should be and something we all should strive for. Miss you Johnny, like everyone whose lives you have touched. WB2NIE, Gene and Kandy

John receives his 75 Year Certificate (March, 2005)
John's 75 Year Certificate