Newton RE Mohon

By Staff, 01/19/17 8:49 AM
Newton RE Mohon, 95, died peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, January 11, 2017 in Wichita, Kansas with his daughter, Melissa, at his side.  Mr. Mohon was born in Emmet, AR to William “Will” Wesley Mohon and Elizabeth “Bessie” Smith Mohon, the second youngest of 11 children.
Mr. Mohon, “Mo” as he was affectionately known, was a hard worker in whatever he did, in the cotton fields as a young boy or playing basketball for Emmet High and farming later on.  He had the offer of a scholarship to play basketball in college but WWII sidelined this plan.  
During his tour of duty in the Air Force, he was chosen for a select crew to prepare the plane, Enola Gay, for a secret mission that would end the war.  After returning home, he worked for a natural gas transmission company and as a farmer.   His greatest joy was working with his hands in his gardens.  Every year he grew wonderful vegetables and delicious watermelons and cantaloupes, which he shared with family and friends. With an attentive audience of family and friends he always had engaging stories to tell of his youth.  He loved to laugh and will be missed.
Mr Mohon was preceded in death by his first wife of 32 years, Vivian Johnston Mohon and his second wife of 15 years, Janie Taylor Mohon. Mo is survived by one step-daughter, RuthAnn Cobb (Paul) of Garfield, AR and one daughter, Dr. Melissa Mohon Papineau (Bill). He is Grandpa Mo to four grandchildren and one great granddaughter all of whom he loved and enjoyed. Additionally, he is survived by his elder sister, Francine Jones of Maud, Texas, along with several nephews.  
A memorial service is planned for the spring.  Our special thanks go to the staff at Hope Haven Retirement Home, Hope, AR and Chaucer Estates Home in Wichita, KS for the excellent care given in his last years.
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