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From "The Tulsa World," Wednesday, May 17, 2006

HOUSTON -- Robert H., 81, born July 23, 1924, in Tulsa. Passed away peacefully at home in Bixby, with family at his side at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2006, after fighting complications from an October 7, 2005 stroke. Preceded in death by parents, Ruth Brown and Fred Johnson; brother, Albert Johnson; sisters, Frances Foster and Betty Wolfe; and son, Leslie Johnson. Survived by: wife, Kathelene of the home; brother, Andy Brown; son, Alfred Johnson; daughter, Doris Hamm and husband, Kirby; grandsons, Robert Hamm and Wesley Johnson; granddaughters, Melissa Mitchell and husband Bob, Jennifer Jordan and husband, Anthony, Christi Johnson and Doug Myers; great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Krystallyn, Angel and Lauren. Robert was a 1945 graduate of Central High School in Tulsa, having completed school in the service. Robert joined the Coast Guard in WWII as a Radio Man and fought the Japanese in the Pacific Theatre, including the Allied Invasion of Iwo Jima. Honorably discharged, he returned to Tulsa and was offered a job in the plastering trade. He was recognized by his peers as an accomplished master of his trade. Robert was soon elected business agent of Local 312 Plaster's Union. Loyal to his friends and family, "Robert was a man who could walk with kings, but still keep the common touch." Robert had the good fortune to meet and marry Kathelene Bell of Perkins, OK while working in Stillwater. On December 23, 1949, with Kay's father, Edgar Bell, and her mother Odessa Bell's blessing, they were married. Robert and Kay's 56 years of marriage were anchored by their faith in our Heavenly Father. Rob enjoyed gardening, was a sportsman that loved hunting and fishing and took the time for youngsters to enjoy the sport on their level. An idle lifestyle would be his nightmare, outdoor or indoors still another mile, still another project. Robert was an expert woodworker and improved his class and skill in many projects. Kathelene and Robert were happiest spending holidays and occasions entertaining and preparing big dinners for the family. In the early years of Rob and Kay's marriage, there were times when the "soup was a little thin," but garnished with their love and affection the children were so very happy. We can say we were the luckiest souls in God's creation to have been blessed with "Poppy, our pal, our Dad." With the presence of our Lord by his side, he won't have to cross Jordan alone. The Johnson family would like to thank St. Francis Hospice for their care and kindness. Funeral service will be held 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 2006 in the Floral Haven Chapel, 252-2518.

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