Dateline: March 11, 2010

R.O. Johnson, 87, died March 4, 2010, in Amarillo.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel, with Pastor Paul Nachtigall of Highland Baptist Church, officiating. 

Entombment was held at Memory Gardens Mausoleum with military honors courtesy U. S. Air Force, Atlus, Oklahoma. Arrangements were under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors. 

Mr. Johnson was born November 7, 1922 in Kelton, to A. C. and Minnie Johnson, and had been a lifelong resident of Pampa. He entered the U. S. Air Force in 1942, training in Oklahoma, Missouri, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and New Jersey. He served in England, France and Germany during World War II. He was awarded GC, ETO, Victory and ATO ribbons, 4 battle stars and the meritorious service plaque. He was Sgt. At the time of his discharge in 1946. R. O. married Billie Ruth Ray in January 31, 1947 in Shamrock. He was an employee of Cabot Corporation for 38 years, retiring in 1984. He enjoyed wood working, fixing odds and ends, and loved to golf. 

He was preceded in death by his parents: A. C. and Minnie Johnson; a son, Gary Ray Johnson; and a sister, Rena May Sivage. 

Survivors include his wife, Billie Johnson of the home; his daughter, Sharon Jochetz and husband Tommy of Clarendon; daughter-in-law: Annette Johnson of Hamshire; six grandchildren: Jeremy Jochetz and wife Dombie of Amarillo, Angela Monroe and husband Jeremy, and Ashley Jochetz and husband Frederick Cooley, all of Clarendon, Tabatha Hale and husband Doug of Beaumont, and Garrett Ray Johnson and Santa Fe Johnson, both of Hamshire; six great-grandchildren; brother-in-law: Donnie Ray and wife Shirley of Pampa; sister-in-law: Winnie Vinyard of Shamrock; many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials be made to a favorite charity.

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