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Clifford V. Johnson

Clifford V. Johnson, 93, passed away Saturday July 27, 2013, at Greenwood Village South. He was a resident of Greenwood.

Cliff was born Nov. 4, 1919, in Bridgeport, Conn. He graduated from Glenville High School in Cleveland and worked as a jeweler, earning his degree from the American Institute of Gemology.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was assigned to duty at Camp Atterbury as a technical sergeant in the quartermaster division, and he faithfully served his country from 1942 to 1946.

It was while serving at Camp Atterbury that he met his future wife, Ruth Annette Paris. They married on Nov. 4, 1943, and later had three sons.

Becoming part of the Paris family, who so lovingly called him “Johnny,” led him to become a longtime resident of Johnson County.

After the death of his wife, Ruth, he married Dorothea (Missy) Rowe in 2001. She survives.

Other survivors include his three sons, James (Sue) of Pittsburgh, Thomas (Vicki) of Greenwood and David (Debbie) of Franklin; two stepdaughters, Christine (Richard) Anderson and Carolyn (John) Baker. His grandchildren include Tracey (Ian) Guthrie, Christopher (Maureen) Johnson, Heather (Dan) Ferguson, Hillary (Felipe) Miranda, Andrew Johnson, Sarah (Paul) Walters, Rachel (Riley) Houghton, Abi (Curt) Beaty, Jordan (Kelli) Johnson, Anna Johnson, Stephanie (Justin) Padgett, Christine Baker, Melissa Baker, Tammy (Ray) Sarkine and Lisa Kay. He also had 11 great-grandchildren.

Clifford was preceded in death by wife, Ruth, in 1999; his parents, Zakeus and Hanna Johnson (originally Jansson); and a sister, Edna (Bert) Norder.

Cliff worked more than 30 years for the L.S. Ayres department stores, managing their receiving and marketing, distribution systems, and eventually returned to his former trade of being a buyer of fine jewelry.

As a member of Greenwood United Methodist Church for more than 60 years, he served in numerous leadership positions, including after his retirement the part-time position of treasurer.

Cliff was an avid walker and enjoyed gardening, playing cards with his neighbors and friends, reading and spending time with his family.

He was especially good at nurturing his grandchildren, helping his sons on projects, and caring for his wife Ruth during her illness. He and Missy enjoyed traveling and supporting their family and church.

A celebration of life service will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood United Methodist Church, 525 N. Madison Ave. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until service time Saturday at the church.

Swartz Family Church and Chapel–Funeral and Cremation Services in Greenwood is handling arrangements and assisting with the services.

Contributions may be made to the Greenwood United Methodist Church Missions Fund, 525 N. Madison Ave., Greenwood, IN 46142.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

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