A Friend I Never Met

Curt Johnson passed away last week [Edit – As a matter of fact, Mr. Johnson passed away May 26].  Jan just found out from our friend, Lucille, who lives in  Oklahoma.

Curt (I think he would be ok with me using his first name) lived in the old ghost town of Hogshooter, Oklahoma, between Nowata and Bartlesville.  Born in Missouri, he was a champion auctioneer as a young boy and later in life worked as an International Water Systems Manager for Reda Pump Company of Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  In this position he covered over 100 countries and lived in seven of them.  He retired to  Oklahoma and about a dozen years ago started writing a weekly article called Hogshooter Philosopher for the Nowata Star and the Chronicle of Grand Lake.

Lucille would clip out these articles and send them and other printed items to us every so often.  Some of you may remember that we had family and friends in NE Oklahoma.  When these good people passed away our trips down there came to an end.  The articles helped Lucille maintain contact with us.  They were appreciated.

Curt was down to earth and his topics were wide ranging, from local to national events, to his own life, recent and past.  He retold stories and jokes and wrote about any subject that was triggered by something he had seen or heard.

He had an interest in outlaws of NE Oklahoma from about a century ago and wrote a book on them and their various exploits.  I have a copy and love reading about the places of which I have first hand knowledge.  Law abiding knowledge….

I wrote to him a couple of times, at first just to tell him how much I enjoyed his columns and the second,… well, I don’t recall right now.  He wrote back after my second letter, gracious in his thanks.  I had hoped to meet him some day, but now that meeting will be a bit delayed.

In a small way I owe him a big debt of thanks.  It’s like this.  Writing something for the public can be difficult and putting a good close on it can be hard.  He always ended his columns with the same easy two word sign off.  I loved it so much that I used it myself.

So in memory I raise a water bottle to Curt, a friend I never met. 

I hope you’ll join me.

Stay happy,


About rlhoover

A perspective on life and cycling in the Ozarks. I started serious cycling in 2008, after seeing my wife be on the bike for a few years. We have biked many places and hope to continue. I am no where near being a real good cyclist, but I have fun trying to improve. Who am I kidding? Me? Improve??
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8 Responses to A Friend I Never Met

  1. When I write my blog each week, it’s not to gain an audience, but to chronicle my life. It’s sort of an online diary. With pictures. I enjoy your diary. Stay happy.

  2. Judy Johnson says:

    Thanks — Curt would have loved this! He was a terrific guy and he will be missed by all of us that knew and loved him.

    • rlhoover says:

      Mrs. Johnson, I regret my path and your husband’s never crossed. I could sure see why he will be missed. Blessings on you these days. Regards, Ron and Jan Hoover

  3. David Forrest, Sr. says:

    My best friend in this world was Curt’s oldest son. Time has a way of changing everything and it’s been too long since we sat down and just talked about anything, and everything. To my brother I send strong spirit filled wishes to you and your family, To Curt Sr. God’s speed. Anyone who knew Curt Sr. and or his son Curt has been blessed by this family. They are just “good” people.

  4. Bimal sarkhel says:

    I was searching for Curt Johnsons contact details for so many days . Can any one confirm if this Curt Johnson was the guy who worked in REDA Pump company , and traveled most of the part of the world for his business. I am in Oman, he used to visit Oman very frequently .If he is the same guy…or else, can anyone post a picture of him please ?

    • rlhoover says:

      Sir, I never met Curt but he did work for REDA Pump company. I do not have a picture of him and could not find one for you. Thank you for writing.

  5. mmosshipp says:

    Curt was my father. I wish you would have met him as I am sure you would have become quick friends.
    Stay happy

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