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Floyd B. Johnson

Floyd B. Johnson, son of the late Willie and Martha (Honeysuckle) Johnson, was born on the family farm in Asher, Oklahoma, on May 14, 1921. He passed away on August 26, 2008 in Autumn Oaks Caring Home in Mtn. Grove, Missouri, following a long illness. He was 87 years, three months and 12 days of age.

Floyd grew up in Oklahoma and was united in marriage to Dorothy “Dottie” Herrin on October 1, 1941 in Purcell, Oklahoma. One daughter, Elaine, was born to this union.

While living in Purcell, Floyd served in the C.C. Camp. They traveled to San Francisco, California, for their honeymoon. They decided to stay in California where they made their home for 59 years.

Floyd worked in the shipyard in Oakland, California, before joining the United States Navy. He served his country during World War II and following his honorable discharge he was employed as an auto-body and fender repairman. He later went on to painting commercial and residential properties and managed a painting business for 30 years.

Before retiring, he spent the last ten years as the superintendent of the painting department at Kaiser Hospitals of the San Francisco northern bay area. He was a member of the Bay Area Painters Union Local #560 for 50 years. He retired from his various jobs after 57 years.

Floyd and Dottie had a great love for children and helped with raising several over the years.

Floyd enjoyed being outdoors, especially when hunting. In his younger adult years, he coon hunted and also hunted big game such as bear, bobcat, and mountain lions in northern California and southern Oregon. He was called many times by officials when big game would move down close to a town or home. He would load his dogs and off he would go. Later in life he enjoyed hunting quail and pheasant.

Most of all he enjoyed watching his dogs work. He also loved showing his Tennessee walking horses. He liked working in his large vegetable garden each year and canning his vegetables and fruit from his fruit trees.

He liked country and bluegrass music and attending the bluegrass festivals while living in California.

Floyd and Dottie moved to the Mtn. Grove area to be near their daughter in May of 2000 when his health started failing.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dottie, in August 13, 2006; one brother, Bud Johnson; and one sister, Nina (Johnson) Conn.

He is survived by his daughter, Elaine Richardson of Mtn. Grove; one grandson, Jimmy Richardson and wife Sara and son Wyatt, all of Mtn. Grove; one granddaughter, Cindy (Richard-son) Ross, husband Kenny, and their children, T.J. and Steven, all of Napa, California; a sister, Ina (Johnson) Elliott of San Pablo, California; several nieces and nephews; and a host other relatives and friends who will miss him very much.

The family thanks to the Autumn Oaks Caring Center staff, Kabul Nursing Home staff and Community Hospice of Mtn. Grove for their care of Floyd.

Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Richardson, Kenny Ross, T.J. Ross, Steven Ross, Wyatt Richardson, Leon Bowen and Jerry Ransome.

No services area planned. Burial will be later in Hillcrest Cemetery, under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.

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