Clarence Hartley Johnson, 82, Burlington, KS, passed away Monday, August 12, 2013, at his home.
He was born October 6, 1930, in Salem, South Dakota, the son of Clarence Lester and Esther Hannah (Krull) Johnson.
When he was 10 years old the family moved from Salem to Kansas and Clarence graduated from Burlington High School. Not long after high school he entered the U.S. Army. Following his discharge he returned home. He became acquainted with Luella Bernice Serl and they were married on December 18, 1956, in Iola, KS.
They lived in Burlington for 5 years before moving to California where Clarence was an inspector for Lockheed Martin Aircraft until his retirement. In 2001 he and Luella returned to make their home in Burlington.
Clarence was baptized in the Burlington Christian Church.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Marlys Burkhart.
He leaves Luella, his wife of more than 56 years, of the home; seven children, Linda McElfresh and husband Lindsay, LeRoy, Steven Johnson and wife Gail, Burlington, Ronald Johnson, Burlington, Michael Johnson, LeRoy, Larry Johnson and wife Teresa, LeRoy, Debra Johnson, Burlington, and Cynthia Garceau and husband Arthur, Gridley; 24 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister Carolyn Thomason, Topeka.
Clarence was cremated. Memorial services will be held 4:00 P.M. Saturday, August 17, 2013, at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington.