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Clayton Darrell Johnson

August 17, 1932 February 1, 2017
Clayton Darrell Johnson
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Obituary for Clayton Darrell Johnson

Worthington, MN

Clayton Darrell Johnson, age 84, was born on August 17, 1932, in Austin, MN, the son of Carl and Lillian (Stephanson) Johnson. He was raised and graduated from high school in Sheldon, IA. After high school, he went to Milwaukee School of Engineering to become a welder. Clayton married Kay Frances Stellingwerf on November 23, 1957, in Le Mars, IA. In the early 1950’s, he worked as a welder for North American in Los Angeles and Ryon Aeronautical in San Diego, CA. Clayton enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952 and served until 1962, leaving with the rank of Tech Sergeant. After returning from the service, he built the Worthington Best Western Motel and operated it for 39 years until his retirement in 2002. Clayton was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, American Legion, VFW, Masonic Lodge, and El Riad Shrine. He was past president of the Oaze Cycle Patrol and past president of the Minnesota Motel association and served on the board of directors for 25 years. In addition, Clayton served for many years on the board of directors for the Worthington Chamber of Commerce, and Tourism Committee. Clayton died on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at the Sanford Worthington Medical Center in Worthington, MN.
Clayton is survived by his wife, Kay of Worthington, MN; one son, William (Bridget) Johnson of Spirit Lake, IA; two daughters, Christine (Shaye) Johnson of Sioux Falls, SD, and Debra (Russell) Folkers of Worthington, MN; two grandchildren, Michael Folkers of Spirit Lake, IA and Melissa Duangapai of Worthington, MN; one great grandson, Dayden Duangapai, and one sister, Darlene Dean of Safety Harbor, FL. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law, Wally (Shirley Cummings) Stellingwerf of Sioux Falls, SD and Bert (Janice) Stellingwerf of Le Mars, IA, and many nieces and nephews. Clayton was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law, Andrew Dean and sister-in-law, Marlys Stellingwerf.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home Chapel in Worthington, MN.
Visitation will be held on Monday, February 6, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

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Visitation

Monday

6

Feb

5:00 PM 2/6/2017 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/6/2017 7:00:00 PM
Benson Funeral Home

1225 Ryans Road
Worthington, MN 56187

Benson Funeral Home
1225 Ryans Road Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Service

Tuesday

7

Feb

1:00 PM 2/7/2017 1:00:00 PM
Benson Funeral Home

1225 Ryans Road
Worthington, MN 56187

Benson Funeral Home
1225 Ryans Road Worthington 56187 MN
United States
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