- Ada, Oklahoma

April 22, 2013

Melvin Johnson

The Ada News

Roff —

Services for Melvin L. Johnson, 82, Roff, are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Fitzhugh Baptist Church. Officiating is Steve Wilburn, pastor. Burial follows at East Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Johnson died Friday, April 19, 2013, at his home. He was born Feb. 18, 1931, in Roff to William Clay and Ruby Ellen Johnson. He attended Roff schools and obtained a mechanical engineering degree from Oklahoma A&M (now OSU) and a master of science degree from the University of Idaho.

He attended ROTC in college and, following graduation, was called to active duty in the U.S. Air Force. During his service, he married Susan C. Whitt on Oct. 14, 1955. After an honorable discharge, he spent his professional career working in the field of nuclear engineering for General Electric and then Kansas Gas and Electric.

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, William Clay and Ruby Ellen Johnson; five brothers, Albert, Lloyd, Wayne, Charles and Maurice Johnson; and two sisters, Rudean Clifton and Mildred Condren.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Whitt Johnson, and their six children: Laura Johnson Rowe and husband, Bill, of Lexington, Ky., Robert P. Johnson and wife, Ana, of Santa Cruz, Calif., Elizabeth Johnson Fitch and husband, David, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jennifer Johnson Orr and husband, Rueben, of Castle Rock, Colo., Amy Johnson Withers and husband, Chris, of Goddard, Kan., and Sarah Jean Johnson of Beverly Hills, Calif.; 23 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Corbin Johnson and wife, Irene, of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Lovella Williams and husband, Bill, of Roff, and Jo Harris and husband, Paul, of Pell City, Ala.

Bearers are Bill Rowe, David Fitch, Rueben Orr, Alex Orr, Christopher Withers and Alfred Rothell. Honorary bearers are Clifford Williams, Haskell Harrison, Edward Tingle, Jack Hudson, Eldon Billings and Bill Williams.

Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to

Criswell Funeral Home, Ada