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Ralph Johnson


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Ralph Johnson Obituary
Ralph M. Johnson August 8, 1929-December 8, 2017 Ralph M. Johnson, 88, passed away December 8, 2017 at The Moorings in Arlington Heights with his family by his side. Ralph was born in Geneva, IL, on August 8, 1929 to the late Gustave and Anna Johnson. He grew up in Batavia where he met his wife of 64 years, Jean Bowron Johnson, who preceded him in death on September 21, 2016. Together, they lived in Des Plaines for over 50 years before moving to The Moorings in 2004. After graduating from Northern Illinois University, Ralph began a 37-year career in education that was spent entirely in Skokie/Morton Grove School District 69 where he was a teacher, principal and, for the last 21 years of his career, superintendent of schools. Along the way, he earned his Masters and Doctorate degrees from Northwestern University and was a proud Wildcat. Not one to be idle, Ralph earned his private pilot's license, travelled to all seven continents, spent 15 years as an adjunct professor teaching school law and finance, served as a school board member for 15 years in Maine Township District 207 and volunteered for many organizations, most notably Traveller's Aid at O'Hare Airport for 20 years. But most of all he was a wonderful husband, father, and "Boppa", as well as, a good friend, storyteller and dispenser of sage advice. Ralph is survived by his son Scott (Barbara); daughter Carol Ann; grandchildren Megan Bleil (Mitch), Andrew and Christopher Johnson; great-grandchildren Annalise and Lincoln Bleil; sister-in-laws Nancy Bowron and Kay Anderson; and many nieces and nephews. A service of remembrance will take place at 3:00pm on Feb 25, 2018 at The Mooring's Odean Johnson Chapel, 811 E. Central Rd, Arlington Heights, IL. Those wishing to send a memorial gift can do so by sending it to 'Geneva Foundation of Presbyterian Homes' in memory of Ralph Johnson. Donations will benefit the New Hope Scholarship Fund. The Foundation's address is 8707 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cremation Society of Illinois.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Dec. 24 to Dec. 28, 2017
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