COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Robert K. Johnson Sr. passed away on July 26, 2016, at 12:33 in the afternoon in College Station, Texas. He was born in Tulsa, on Jan. 31, 1932, the only child of Kern and Ruth Johnson. Bob attended school in Tulsa until 1939, where his father accepted a management position with the American Saddle­Bred horse breeding farm.
Bob attended school in the Dickson Consolidated School District where he was involved in basketball, baseball, and the 4­H club. In 1948, he was selected for the Carter County Dairy Team, which received first place at the Oklahoma state fair. The team also placed second at the National Dairy Competition in Iowa. Bob also received the American Legion Award as the outstanding senior at Dickson High School.
In the fall of 1949, Bob entered the University of Oklahoma and majored in geology. In 1953, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army and called to active duty in 1954 and honorably discharged in 1956. He returned to the University of Oklahoma to work on his Master of Science degree in geology and was awarded a Graduate Assistantship. Bob was also elected to the Honorary Scientific Societies of Sigma Xi and Sigma Gamma Epsilon.
Bob then went to work for Magnolia Oil Company in Jackson, Miss., where he met and married Kaye Padelford. They had four children and were divorced in 1987. He then worked for Superior Oil Company for 20 years before returning to Mobil, where he retired in 1992.
During retirement, he spent his time enjoying his family, reading, traveling, working on family genealogy, and playing golf with his longtime buddies, Ron Kuhns, Gene Huffman, Don Lacey and Warren Frauman. His favorite times were spent with his granddaughters whether watching them compete in sports, traveling with them, or just visiting.
He is survived by Kaye Hobbs, Robert K. Johnson Jr., Thomas W. Johnson, Stephen B. Johnson, Rachel K. Johnson, Kaitlen S. Johnson and Sydney K. Johnson.
Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at Hillier Funeral Home of College Station and he will be buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Ardmore.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. at
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