Clyde Eugene Johnson, a longtime resident of Independence, Mo., died peacefully at home on Saturday, April 21, 2012, after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Clyde Eugene Johnson, a longtime resident of Independence, Mo., died peacefully at home on Saturday, April 21, 2012, after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

 True to form, Clyde defied predictions that he was supposed to succumb to the disease three years ago and kept fighting. He had a chance to say good-bye to his family and quietly went to sleep.

 Clyde was born on March 12, 1933, in Independence, Mo., to Francis and Calvin Johnson, was baptized at the Mount Washington Congregation of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and graduated from Northeast High School in 1951. Clyde found the love of his life, Patricia, while in high school and subsequently married her. Although quite happy together, they decided that they make life even spicier and brought four children, Larry, Susan, Mary and Alan, into the world. Clyde’s career as a steelworker at ARMCO and his subsequent jobs, took second place to his family and church. Those fortunate enough to call Clyde a friend knew a man of great passion and generosity. He was a competitive sportsman and filled his life playing semi-pro baseball and senior softball, coaching Little League, riding competitive motor-cross as an old man, and restoring an award winning classic 1940 Chevy truck. He also was active with the Church of Jesus Christ Living Hope Restoration Branch.

 He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patricia, his four children; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren; and his older brother, Bill.

 The Johnson family will be receiving family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, Mo. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Suburban Chapel. Clyde will be buried in a family plot at Mount Washington Cemetery during a private family ceremony.

 Online condolences and memories may be left for the family at www.speakschapel.com.

 Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel, 816-373-3600.

 

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