Ralph Johnson

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RALPH GUSTAV JOHNSON, 85 EMINENCE, MO - Ralph Gustav Johnson, 85, was born February 13, 1929, in Chicago, IL; the son of Gustav William Johnson and Gladys Marie (Pitts) Johnson. He passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Birch Tree, MO. Ralph was united in marriage to Dorothy Louise Alcorn on June 11, 1955, in Rockford, IL, and to this union four children were born. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Gustav and Gladys Johnson; one brother, Leroy Johnson; and two sisters, Delores Coffman and Shirley Bonavia. Ralph is survived by his wife, Dorothy Louise Johnson of Eminence, MO; three sons, David Ralph Johnson and wife, Linda, of Machesney Park, IL, Dennis Conrad Johnson and wife, Melinda, of Machesney Park, IL and Douglas Ray Johnson and wife, Heidi of Lodi, WI; one daughter, Darla June Chilton and husband, Michael, of Eminence, MO; one brother, Bill Johnson and wife, Janice of Rolla, MO; two sisters, Margie Stelma and husband, Mark, of Rockford, IL and Mari Wood of Rockford, IL; two brothers-in-law, Victor Bonavia of Machesney Park, IL and Gary Alcorn of Eminence, MO; two sisters-in-law, Judy Loomis of Birch Tree, MO and Margie Taylor of South Dakota; ten grandchildren, Kimberly and David Long of Machesney, IL, Matthew Johnson and wife, Nikki, of Loves Park, IL, Sarah Johnson of Lodi WI, Adam Johnson of Lodi, WI, Anisha Dooley of Winona, MO, Kenneth Chilton, Brandyn Chilton and Dawson Chilton, all of Eminence, MO, Whitney Curry of Rockton, IL and Stacie Curry of Oshkosh, WI; three great- grandchildren, Cadence Johnson and Kensley Johnson of Loves Park, IL and Peyton Chilton of Eminence, MO; many nieces and nephews who loved him very much and a host of other family and friends. Ralph served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star. During his tour of duty he spent time in Japan and Alaska, and was involved in combat in Korea. After his honorable discharge from the United States Army, Ralph enlisted with the Army Reserves until he retired in 1983. Ralph worked as an operator and with machine repair for National Lock Company in Rockford, IL and was a member of U.A.W. Local 449. Ralph was involved with the Boy Scouts Troop 601 in North Park, IL, where he served as a Scout Leader for 5 years and the Scout Master for 2 years. Ralph retired as Captain of the North Park Illinois Fire Department after 25 years of service. He was a member of the Clifford E. Johnson VFW Post 9759 in Loves Park, IL and later transferred his membership to the Eminence, MO VFW. Ralph was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eminence. He was a volunteer firefighter with the Eminence Fire Department for several years and served as a trustee with the fire department. Ralph was a Mason and was initiated as an Entered Apprentice on May 3, 1990. He passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft on October 17, 1991, and was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on April 2, 1992. Ralph was the past Worshipful Master of the Eminence Lodge from June 7, 1996 through June 7, 1997. Ralph never met a stranger and was known for his wonderful sense of humor. He loved to play games and do yard work. Ralph loved to travel and enjoyed going to the music shows in Branson, MO. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Ralph will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, May 22, 2014, at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Eminence, MO, with Rev. Alan Stringer officiating. Interment will be in Summers Cemetery at Ink, MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home, LLC of Eminence. Online condolences can be sent to duncanfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from May 22 to May 23, 2014
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