Ronald Johnson
1926 - 2020
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Ronald Johnson

Alamogordo - Ronald Johnson, 94 (1926) of Alamogordo passed peacefully on September 11, 2020. Ron was born and raised in New York City. He was a member of Christ Community Church, and served on the pastoral care staff and served as a Chaplain at Gerald Champion Memorial Hospital on behalf of the church.

Ron served in the US Navy during WWII and was a member of the Submarine Veterans of WWII. He studied music at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. As a professional musician he played with the big bands of Charlie Spivak, Ray Anthony, and Louis Prima. Ron received a first class radio telephone license while studying broadcast engineering at the Don Martin School of Radio and TV in Hollywood, California.

Ron moved to Alamogordo in 1951 to work at KALG Radio as an announcer/engineer. In 1956 he changed to part time radio work and started working full time at Land Air at Holloman Air Force Base, also known as DynCorp Land Air Division. Mr Johnson was a member of the Operations-Scheduling and Control section for 33 years. He retired in December 1989. During this time he also worked part time at KALG Radio whose call letters were changed to KPSA. In 1965 Ron developed a big band swing and jazz show which was known as "The Swinging Years ...Music Sweet and Hot and All that Jazz! " He worked for KPSA for 66 years until September 2017.

Ron is preceded in death by his Wife, Betty Jean Boles Johnson and his Brother, Howard Johnson.

Ron is survived by his 2 Daughters, Penny Cook (Lyle) of Sun City Arizona and Pamela Savko (Richard) of Monterey California; 1 Son, James Trice (Sherri) of Homestead, Florida; 5 Grandchildren, and 10 Great Grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be announced in the near future.

It was Ron's wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of a charitable donation to Love inc of Otero County.

The Johnson family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sep. 18 to Sep. 20, 2020.
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October 18, 2020
I would like to give my condolences to the family. I grew up with the family. Living across the street. Ron and Betty were very nice to all the children that grew up in the neighborhood. Ron never forgot me. That was special to me. I will miss running into him from time to time. Rest in peace.
Judy Jimenez
Judy Ortega
October 2, 2020
Enjoyed the his jazz show on KPSA. My condolences to the Johnson family.
Van Stratton
September 25, 2020
To Ron's family, I extent my deepest sympathy for your loss. Knowing and working with him was great joy. I will always remember him kindly. RIP, Ron!
Luis Angel Velasco
September 20, 2020
I was very fortunate to meet Ron in my role as a physical therapist. Despite his many health issues, he pushed forward trying to get his body to match what his brain wanted. His will was strong and he tried his hardest. He looked forward to being challenged and tried everything within his power to get better. On the other hand, he was very accepting of his situation and looked forward to his ascent to Heaven. So now, I envision Ron with all of the other angels in Heaven, no longer bound by the physical limitations of our Earthly existence, but moving freely, easily, and happily in the Heavens above! Thanks Ron, for letting me share in just a little piece of your 94 years!
Traci Reindle
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