Johnson, Ronald R. Went home to Jesus on August 20, 2013 at the age of 74 surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer. Ronald was born January 18, 1939 in Minneapolis to Robert and Muriel Johnson. He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon (Lieberg); sons: Craig (Joy), Todd (Peggy) and Kurt (Emily); mother-in-law, Elvie Peterson; grandchildren: Chad (Margaret) and Heather, Cassandra and Cory, and Emma, Claire, Evelyn and Adler, as well as a granddaughter-in-Christ, Danielle Walker. He was preceded in death by his parents. Ron attended Minneapolis Roosevelt High School and after graduation attended the University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota. Ron was a Minneapolis Police officer for 26 years where he served as patrol as well as Head Canine Trainer for many years. He competed nationally and trained over 100 officers and their canines. While serving in Minneapolis, he was also deputized as a US Marshall. After retirement, Ron and Sharon wintered in Weslaco, TX for 20 years where they were involved in mission work in Mexico. Ron took two trips with his pastor and church to Peru. Ron and Sharon attended the First Baptist Church in Winnebago and also in Weslaco, TX. Ron had a deep love for the Lord, his family and friends and will be missed by us all. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to United Hospital District Home Health and Hospice (PO Box 160, 125 S. Main, Blue Earth, MN 56013). A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at North Mankato Mortuary - Northview (2060 Commerce Dr., North Mankato MN 56003). Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the funeral home. North Mankato Mortuary 507-388-2288 www.mankatomortuary.com
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.