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Carrel Manson Johnson left this life on May 17, 2017, at the Jack C. Montgomery Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Carrel was the last child born to Edward O. and Vida Huckabay Johnson on February 22, 1932, at Dewar, Oklahoma. Carrel was proceeded in death by his parents, brothers: Victor, Fred, James, and Clarence Johnson; sisters: Bertha and Myrtle, Johnson, Artney Church, Loraine "Susie" Lucas and Delores "Tiny" Nichols. Carrel is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Maudine Smith Johnson, sons: Ron Johnson and wife, Candis, of Ben Wheeler, Texas, Marvin Johnson and wife, Tiffany, of Eufaula, and David Johnson and wife, Glenda, of Eufaula. Carrel was blessed with eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, along with many nephews, nieces, and a host of life-long friends. Carrel will be especially missed by his Chihuahua companion, Peanut. Carrel was raised in the Dustin and Eufaula areas and attended Deeres Chapel School. Carrel was a member of the Oklahoma Army National Guard, and he, along with many young men of Eufaula, was mobilized into the 45th Thunderbird Division and deployed to combat action in Korea on September 1, 1950. Carrel was awarded the Japan Army Occupation Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Bronze Service Star and Combat Infantry Badge for his service. After returning from Korea, Carrel was honorably discharged from military service on June 27, 1953. Later that year, Carrel gained employment with Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas. Boeing taught Carrel the skills he needed to spend 42 years of his working career in the aerospace industry. While with Boeing, Carrel helped build combat aircraft for the U.S. Airforce, including the B-47 Bomber, the B-52 Stratofortress Bomber that is still in service today, and the Saturn Five rocket system for the Gemini space missions in the 1960s. While with Lockheed Aircraft, Rockwell International, and Boeing in McAlester, Oklahoma, Carrel helped build, components to passenger aircraft, the B-1 Bomber, the B-1B Bomber, the Space Shuttle, and the first Hellfire rocket launching platform for the Sikorsky HC47 attack helicopter for the U.S. military. After his retirement, Carrel spent the rest of his active life working on "The Farm", which he and his wife began piecing together early in their marriage. Carrel was especially proud of his bulldozer and the work he was able to do as a self-taught dozer-man. Carrel also spend several years preparing J.M. Bailey's famous smoked ribs and brisket for J.M's restaurant. Carrel was a 32nd degree Mason, and 50 year member of the Haysville Masonic Lodge #112 A. F. & A.M., Haysville, Kansas. Carrel was also a member of the Bedouin Shriners and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8798, Eufaula, Oklahoma. Funeral services are under the care of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home, Wetumka, Oklahoma. Services will be officiated by Rev. Dusty McKeefer and Doyle Stuart and will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 1:30 P.M., at First Baptist Church, Dustin, Oklahoma, which is the same church where Carrel and Maudine became husband and wife on April 4, 1953. Interment will be at Hanna Cemetery, Hanna, Oklahoma. Pallbearers are Dillion Johnson, Chris Johnson, Bradley Conley, Stephen Johnson, Gage Berry, and Perry Martin. Honorary pallbearers are Ovean Barnett, Johnny Duncan, Byrl Brackett, Glen Breedlove, Raymond Summers, and Ronnie Sanders. Pallbearers are Ovean Barnett, Johnny Duncan, Byrl Brackett, Glen Breedlove, Raymond Summers, and Ronnie Sanders.

pallbearers are Ovean Barnett, Johnny Duncan, Byrl Brackett, Glen Breedlove, Raymond Summers, and Ronnie Sanders.
Published on May 19, 2017
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