Clayton "Clay" Edmond Johnson

Thursday August 31, 1944 - Monday May 10, 2021
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Rush Springs: Clayton "Clay" Edmond Johnson, 76, passed away Monday, May 10, 2021 in Rush Springs.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the Ft. Cobb Cemetery. Burial and all arrangements have been entrusted to Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral and Cremation Services in Rush Springs.

Clay was born Thursday, August 31, 1944 in Anadarko, to Edgar David and Beulah Mae (Harkins) Johnson. He married the love of his life, Shirley Ann Dees on July 29, 1972, and they celebrated 48 wonderful years of marriage. Clay was a proud member of the United States Air Force, and served for 20 years (1965-1985) before retiring as a Master Sergeant. After his retirement from the USAF, he began a new career working for ARCO pipeline in Purdue Bay, Alaska. Clay and his wife lived in Alaska for 22 years before relocating to Rush Springs, where they have resided for the last 20 years. He enjoyed the Alaskan outdoors, hunting, fishing, woodworking and was a member of the NRA. Clay was loved by his family and will be deeply missed.

Clay leaves behind his wife, of the home, daughter, Trina Steffan, of Jacksonville, FL., 2 grandchildren, Christin Parise, and Lane Steffan, 3 great-grandchildren, Asher Parise, Ava Parise, and Carter Parise, and nephews Davidd and Dennis Dooley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Weda Nell Dooley..

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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday May 15, 2021 | 11:00am
    Saturday May 15, 2021 11:00am
    Ft. Cobb Cemetery
    Address not given
    Fort Cobb, OK 73038
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  • Interment

    Ft. Cobb Cemetery
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    Fort Cobb, Oklahoma 73038
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Trina Steffan

Posted at 09:38pm
Dearest Dad, I know you weren’t perfect. But then none of us are. Parts of you are woven into my life like your love of John Wayne, over cooked BBQ ribs, and how to change my oil, mow the grass, wash a car...your way...the right way of course.

You leave us draped in the flag you loved. You defended it. You sacrificed for it. I know Vietnam left scars none of us can even closely imagine. You honored your call to service and the United States Air Force is better for you spending 20 years in it. You make it good to remember that we are Americans who should love our country and why.

What could I say about your love of Alaska and the many joys you shared with mom in some of the most remote and beautiful locations? I can imagine there are a lot of salmon celebrating with their friends rather than being hooked on the end of your line.

Having a second career working in Purdoe Bay for ARCO pipeline was not for the faint of heart. Polar bears looking through your window? I know mom likes her animals but following you up there was living life on the edge.

The past years have been challenging both physically and mentally for you and mom. The outdoorsman became an indoors man. Dad’s love of hunting morphed into keeping all the deer, turkey’s, quail on their property safe. His night goggles never got so much use in Alaska as they did here in Oklahoma I am sure.

I love you and will miss you Dad. God may have you in his keeping now, but we still have you in our hearts.

Tom, Mary Lee, Joe and Jenn

Posted at 07:07pm
Friendship lasts forever and Clay will always be remembered. You've always been family to us. Our thoughts are with you. We love you!
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