Harold “Jake” Dean Johnson 1933-2017

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Obituary for Harold “Jake” Dean Johnson

 

Harold “Jake” Dean Johnson, born in Valliant, Oklahoma, August 13, 1933, to Wilson Edward Johnson and Grace Lee Faulkner.  On January 6, 2017, at age 83, Jake passed away peacefully.  He attended school in Swink, Oklahoma.  Later he moved to Oklahoma City, where he met and eventually married Nona Jean Dragus.  He served 2 years in the U.S. Army, 1953-55.  Jake was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal, along with an Honorable Discharge.  He worked for Jones Truck Line shortly before being drafted into the Army and continued to work for them until the 1980’s, when he retired because of health reasons.  Jake was a “Jack of all trades” and if you had any problems with your car or home, he was the man to go to and if he couldn’t fix it, he knew who could.  His hands were calloused and scarred from the many things he had built or fixed, including many automobiles, a log cabin that his brother lives in now, and 2 houses in Mustang, Oklahoma.  He lived and loved the outdoors, spending a lot of time doing yard work, gardening, tinkering in the garage and most of all hunting and fishing.  He loved to hunt in Colorado with his brother Ed, his son Jerry and other family members and many friends.  One of his hobbies was training bird dogs, which went on many a trip with him.  Other favorite things to do was square dancing, painting and was a member of the American Legion in Mustang.  Jake is preceeded in death by his parents and a brother, Carl Autry of Swink, Oklahoma.  He is survived by a brother, Ed Johnson of Valliant, Oklahoma, a sister, Mary Jean Billy of Swink, Oklahoma.  Children include one son, Jerry Johnson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and two daughters; Jeanine Polson (Son-in-Law Rick) of Tuttle, Oklahoma, and Jana Galpin (Son-in-Law Steve) of Mustang, Oklahoma.  He was blessed with 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren with 2 more on-the-way.  We will be celebrating his life together with family and friends January 21, Saturday, 2:00 p.m. at Putnam City United Methodist Church (5819 NW 41, OKC).

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