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DR. CLIFFORD W. JOHNSON, 93, of Cedarville, was surrounded by family and friends as he went to meet his Lord and Savior on May 19th after a very brief illness. Cliff was born November 22, 1924, in Tacoma, Washington to Rev. Helge and Esther Johnson. After graduation from Ferndale (WA) High in 1942, he entered Western Washington University and then enlisted to serve his country. Having been a good student and blessed with excellent vision, Cliff was accepted for pilot training in the Army Air Corps. Following basic pilot training, he trained to fly the P-61 night fighter, also known as the Black Widow. Based in the Philippines, these planes flew night missions as protective escorts for battleships and carriers operating in that part of the Pacific. Cliff enjoyed his service experience, and later was active in the 13th Army Air Corps Veterans Association, and served multiple terms as President. Upon his discharge Cliff married his fiancee’ Eunice Wood, and resumed his education, completing his undergraduate and Master’s education at Western Washington University. He began his career as an educator, serving as a teacher and administrator in his home state. During this time, Eunice and Cliff had two children, Tim and Merilee. Cliff continued his education, completing an Ed.D. at the University of Washington in 1962, after which he was invited to join the administration of Cedarville College. He served as Registrar, Director of Admissions, Academic Vice-President and Assistant to the President at the College. Dr. Johnson retired from Cedarville in 2003, but continued his active roles in the Xenia Rotary Club and as a member of the XARSC Board of Directors. As a 50+ year member of Grace Baptist Church in Cedarville, Cliff served his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in many roles including choir director, worship leader, Sunday School/ABF teacher, deacon, and usher.

Cliff and Eunice shared 46 years of marriage before she passed away after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. In October 1993, Cliff married Dr. Pamela Diehl, a long-time professor at Cedarville and fellow tennis enthusiast. They enjoyed nearly 25 years of marriage that included skiing, much travelling (RV and Amtrak!), and lots of tennis. Cliff is survived by his wife Pam; children Tim Johnson (friend Marilyn Jarrell), Merilee (Steve) Shank; siblings Grace (LeRoy) Cotterill, Gordon (Clarice) Johnson, Marilyn Smith, and Howard (Elaine) Johnson; grandchildren Dr. Craig (Sarah) Shank, Katie Shank (Keith Tyson), Kimberly (Zach) McCullough; great-grandchildren Nina, Cliff, Calvin, and Cooper Shank and Ethan and Zaye McCullough; and special friend Dee Morris. A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 6-8 pm in the Grace Baptist Church, 109 N. Main St. in Cedarville. Pastor Craig Miller and Dr. Paul Dixon will preside at a celebration of Dr. Johnson’s life which will begin at 1 pm in the church on Friday. Additional visitation will begin at 11 am until the time of service. Burial will follow in North Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Eunice Wood Johnson or the Clifford and Pamela Johnson scholarships at Cedarville University. The family is being served by the LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME, Springfield.


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Visitation

Thursday

24

May

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Grace Baptist Church

109 North Main Street
Cedarville, OH 45314

Visitation

Friday

25

May

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Grace Baptist Church

109 North Main Street
Cedarville, OH 45314

Service

Friday

25

May

1:00 PM
Grace Baptist Church

109 North Main Street
Cedarville, OH 45314

Cemetery Details

Location

North Cemetery

Cedarville
Cedarville, OH

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