Johnnie “John” Ray Mauldin passed from this life on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at his home in Yukon, OK. He was born April 1, 1943 in Purcell, OK to Nathan & Lela Mauldin. He was later raised by his grandparents, Luther & Sadie Blankenship, outside of Noble. He attended school in Norman before moving to Oklahoma City with his mother, grandmother & 4 brothers. He graduated from US Grant High School in 1961.
John was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and 2 brothers, James Mauldin & Bobby Joe Botello. He was also preceded in death by his daughter-in-law Shannon Mauldin, and nephew Jason Miles. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Connie, of Yukon; son Michael and his wife Steffany of Wylie, TX; son L. Dwain and his wife Debbeelee of El Reno, OK; brothers: Manuel Lee Botello & Jack Botello; 4 grandchildren: Brooke Hendrickson, Devon Flanagan, Kyle Mauldin, and Rachel Mauldin, and his niece Stacy Sisson.
John enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17. He married Connie McNutt on March 22, 1963. They had 2 sons, Michael Doyle Mauldin & Luther Dwain Mauldin. John served 20 years in the Navy, including a tour out of Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, in 1968-69 riding swift boats. He was stationed at Great Lakes, IL, as an instructor for Engineman School. He did 2 tours in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, serving on the USS Wilhoite, which made numerous tours off the coast of Vietnam. He was stationed at Moffett Naval Air Station with security and finished his Navy career on the USS Barbour County out of San Diego, CA, retiring on Sept 30, 1980. He achieved the rate of Chief Engineman during his last tour in Pearl Harbor.
He & his family moved back to Oklahoma making their home in Yukon. It was then that John wanted to give something back to the community and he joined the Yukon Reserve Police Department for which he served proudly as Sergeant. John was the first to retire from the Reserves in July, 2001.
John worked at Tinker AFB before retiring in 2007 while working with Cruise Missile engines.
John loved to hunt, fish and shoot firearms. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family & friends at Cedar Blue. He attended a Navy reunion every year possible for the USS Wilhoite, re uniting with shipmates and making new friends that served on the same ship from WWII. John loved to tell sea stories and remembered them in detail. He was given the nickname by nurses as ‘The Great Story Teller.’
The family request memorial donations to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. 758516, Topeka, KS 66675 or Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306.
Online condolences may be signed at www.yandafuneral.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Yukon, OK.