Clayton R. Johannsen
Clayton R. Johannsen, age 26, died early Sunday morning, February 13, 2011, in rural Meade County, Kansas, as the result of an automobile accident.
He was born January 7, 1985, at Meade, Kansas, the son of Max and Barb (Magee) Johannsen. As a young boy he attended Meade school system, graduating from Meade High School in 2004. Upon his graduation, he attended Panhandle State University, Goodwell, Oklahoma, majoring in animal science and agri-business with a minor in agronomy. Upon his graduation he returned to rural Meade County where he made his home. He was a grain merchandiser for the Dodge City Co-op.
Clayton was a member of Saint John Lutheran Church and the Haskell County Farm Bureau. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding horses, working cattle, and spending time with his family and friends. Clayton always had a joke to tell or a story to share and it was impossible to stay mad at him when he cracked a joke or reminded people there was no reason to be mad. He could make you laugh without trying and had a heart of gold. Clayton was a big teddy bear that could make your heart melt and no matter how bad things got he would be there with a hug to remind his family and friends that “it’ll be ok”. His childhood nickname was ‘smiley’ and he kept that smile throughout his life.
Clayton truly loved Meade County and enjoyed spending time with the old timers and hearing the history of southwest Kansas. His favorite saying was, “once you get south of the eight mile corner, you’ve reached God’s country.” He enjoyed people and loved hearing their stories as much as sharing his with most of his stories ending with a laugh.
Clayton was all about family which is evidenced by him stopping at his parents home every morning before work for coffee and just to say “I love you mom”. Every evening he would return, if for no other reason to share his day and ask about theirs. He never left his childhood home without saying, “I love you mom”, “I love you dad”, or “I’ll see you tomorrow.”
He didn’t like to travel, he figured spending time at home was the best place to be.
He is survived by: His parents, Max & Barb Johannsen of rural Meade, Kansas; A sister, Riki Stecklein and husband, Mike of Olathe, Kansas; Two brothers, Benjy Johannsen and wife, Morgan of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Jimmy Johannsen of Indianapolis, Indiana; A niece, Cheyenne Stecklein of Olathe, Kansas; Maternal grandmother, Clara Houston and husband, Doug of Omaha, Nebraska; Aunt & Uncles, Bill Johannsen of Beaver, Oklahoma, Kim & Michele Batman of Meade, Kansas, Mike & Cathy Magee of Burnsville, Minnesota and Jeff & Gina Magee of Omaha, Nebraska.
He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, W.H. “Billy” and Agnes Johannsen; paternal grandfather, Jim Magee; a niece, Gabrielle Elise Stecklein; and an uncle Mitch Magee.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 18, 2011, at St. John Lutheran Church, Meade, with the Reverend Lynn E. Spencer presiding. Friends may call from 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Friday at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade. Interment will follow in the Atwater Cemetery, rural Meade.
The family would welcome memorials to the Clayton Johannsen Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.