Benjamin Ray Johnson

February 17, 2021

Benjamin Ray Johnson 78, of Duncan passed from this life Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 surrounded by his family.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 in the Bailes-Polk Funeral Home Chapel with Father David Galletly and Rev. Gary Thurman officiating. Interment will follow in the Claude Cemetery.

Ray was born Jan. 13, 1943 in Claude, the son of Benjamin Hawkins and Ethel Irene (Searcy) Johnson. He graduated from Addington High School in Addington. He and Janettie Goff were married Aug. 14, 1965 in Wichita Falls, Texas and she preceded him in death on Dec. 18, 2008.

When he was younger Ray worked in the oilfield, later he worked as a roofer, fur buyer, mink breeder, custom harvester, farmer, rancher and late in life he was a vo-tech bus driver. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, horses and roping, raising coon hounds, family cook outs, country music especially George Jones and served on the Wright County Election Board in Wright County, Mo. He attended the Odin Community Church in Hartville, Mo. and when he came back to Duncan, he attended the Beaver Creek Cowboy Church. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his children Gina Johnson of Duncan and Waylan Johnson and wife Amy of Spring Branch, Texas; six grandchildren Marie Johnson, Luke Johnson, Theophania Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Ian Johnson and Evangelia Johnson; siblings Kay Wieden and husband Jack of Emmett, Idaho, Janice Pecora and husband Randy of Saint Francisville, La. and Tommy Johnson and wife Debbie of Carriere, Miss. as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

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