Ralph Johnson Jr.
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Ocean City-Ralph Johnson Jr., 76, of Ocean City passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. He was born Jan. 11, 1938, in Westover. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Johnson Sr. of Showell and Dorothy Dryden Johnson of Florida.
Ralph graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin in 1957 and enlisted in the Army later that year. He was stationed at Gelnhausen, Germany, until 1960.
Ralph was a devoted husband to his wife and high school sweetheart, Bertha Baker Johnson, for 56 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Ricky Johnson, and wife, Jennifer, of Berlin; a daughter, Renee Johnson of Showell; and a very special granddaughter, Erin Johnson of Salisbury. He is also survived by brothers and sisters Delores Justice, Hazel Holden and husband, David, Kenneth Johnson and wife, Cleo, Todd Johnson, Brian Johnson and Dawn West. Ralph has many loving and supportive nieces and nephews. He was a great friend to all who knew him and was loved by everyone.
Ralph retired from Pepsi-Cola in 1977. He worked in maintenance at the Sea Terrace Condominium from 1977 until 1995. Ralph and his wife were the founders of Edgemoor Vinyl Fence from 1986 until they sold in 1997. He and Bertha opened Edgemoor Antiques at their residence in Ocean City in 1981. Ralph always enjoyed woodworking, carpentry, stripping and refinishing furniture.
Currently Ralph was employed at Frontier Town Campground in Berlin. He started in 1998. Ralph thoroughly loved his job and the people he worked with, as they did him. He designed and built covered wagons which are being used as extra sleeping quarters for the kids.
Ralph and his wife enjoyed traveling to Florida in the winters. He also liked fishing and spending time with his family. Ralph was a very special man, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He had a great sense of humor.
A viewing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23, at Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin from 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Thursday, July 24, at 2 p.m. Friends may call from 1-2. Graveside service will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Berlin.
Contributions may be sent to
, 55 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601 or the
. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com.
Burbage Funeral Home - Berlin
108 William Street Berlin, MD 21811
Published in The Daily Times from July 21 to July 22, 2014