RACINE — Rita Ann Johnson, 85, of Racine, passed away at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at her residence.
Born May 9, 1929, in Coolville, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Ethel Dixon Johnson. She was a graduate of Racine High School. After graduating, Rita joined the U.S. Navy, where she proudly served her country for 30 years as an electronic technician.
Rita is survived by her nieces and nephews, Teresa Johnson, Becky (Brandon) Holtz, Jay Johnson, Barb (Tim Patterson) Johnson, Gary (Lori Sellers) Johnson, Fred (Tammy) Sayre, Beverly (Greg) Johnson, Rhonda (Mike) Shaffer, Frank (Rhonda) Sayre, Eric Sayre, Caryl Johnson, Gloria (Biff) Lee, Jim (Jane) Johnson, Marsha (Robert) Derheimer and Brian Johnson; great-nieces and great-nephews Ty (Sheri Cummins) Johnson, Jessica Covert, Nick Guinther, Jabob Guinther, Guy (Brandi) Guinther, Dawn (Jeremy Lyons) Johnson, Craig Johnson, Jamie (Jason) Pierce, Mike (Debbie) Sharp, Jeff (Becky) Sharp, Matthew Johnson, Samantha (Dustin) Brinager, Mike Johnson, Josh (Christina) Dowell, Mikey Sayre, Janelle (Jeff) Barnes, Allisa Johnson, Lillee Marton-Johnson, Kenny Miller, John Sayre, Melissa Sayre, Jamie (Keith) Cope, Carrie (Ross) Lindsey, Joe (Susanne) Brand, Steven Brand, Morgan Johnson and Nick Johnson; and several great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
The family would like to send a special thank you to Air Evac Lifeteam 82, who took time out of their day to take Aunt Rita for a ride in their helicopter. "They" fulfilled a lifelong dream of hers and put a smile on her face at a time when she really needed one — and we will always be thankful for that.
In addition to her parents, Rita is preceded in death by her brothers Robert "Hank" Johnson Sr., Daryl Johnson and Earl Johnson; sisters Verna Sayre and Clarys Johnson; and nephews Robert "Bobby" Johnson Jr., Tommy Johnson and Lenny Dowell.
In keeping with Rita's wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral services. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, in Washington, D.C., with full military honors.
Cremeens Funeral Home is entrusted with Rita's final arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting Cremeens Funeral Home of Ohio.