Ronald (Ron) Norman Johnson, 77, of Raleigh N.C., passed away peacefully on the morning of Friday, June 19, 2015 at Rex Healthcare surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 14, 1937 on the family farm in Brayton, to the late John Johnson and Evelyn Stager Johnson.
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After graduating from high school he served in the US Navy as a member of an aircraft ground crew for four years. After his Navy duty he settled in northern Virginia and worked in the automotive repair business for the next 36 years. During this time he volunteered as an EMT for the Sterling Rescue Squad. In 1996 he relocated to Raleigh, NC. In his retirement years his hobbies were mowing the lawn on his tractor, gardening, sleeping in his chair on the patio, quilting and genealogy. As a result of his genealogy research, he found cousins in Denmark and visited the country several times to meet them and learn the stories of how the family came to the United States.
Ron was married to Joyce Willis Johnson for 55 years. Ron was a wonderful and loving husband and father and friend to many.
Surviving are his three daughters, Cindy Hicks, Linda and Kathy Johnson of Ashburn, Va., his brothers Roger Johnson and Royce Johnson (Peg) of Iowa City, his sister Romona Shramek (Jon) of Hiawatha, sister-in-law Patricia Bierlair, Montgomery, Ala., his nieces Sheryl Culp, Felicia Kurtz, nephews Matthew, Benjamin and Andrew Johnson, Charles, Michael and Dennis Bierlair, Jeffery Willis and Scott Gross and other extended family throughout the United States and Denmark, including an aunt, Maxine Christensen of Exira and a cousin Delbert Killen, of Brayton.
The family received friends and family from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2015 at the Cremation Society of the Carolinas, 2205 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. Condolences can be sent to the family at CremationSocietyNC.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Museum of Danish America, 2212 Washington Street, Elk Horn, IA 51531-2116 or at www.danishmuseum.org, click on Supports. A private burial service will be held at a later date.
Capital Funeral Home Cremation Society of the Carolinas
2205 E Millbrook Rd
Raleigh, NC 27604
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from July 3 to July 10, 2015