Ralph Harold Johnson
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Johnson, Ralph Harold age 89, of St. Louis Park, passed away peacefully on Oct. 14, 2011. Dearly beloved Husband, Brother, Father, Grandfather and Great- Grandfather. Preceded in death by Bernice, his wife of 62 years. Survived by sisters, Janet Whipple and Frankie (Gary) Larsen; daughters, Barbara (Mehmet) Bilgutay, Linda (Richard Farley); sons, David (Theresa), Thomas (Steph), Paul (Cindy); fourteen grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Ralph served in WWII and the Korean War as a Captain in the U.S. Marines. He was a successful self-employed accountant with businesses located in Minneapolis and St. Petersburg, FL. After retirement, Ralph volunteered his services with Hospice and the Park Nicollet Clinic in St. Louis Park. Ralph was an avid fishing, camping and boating and downhill skiing enthusiast. He was skilled in woodworking, designing and building canoes and boats along with his sons and his best friend, Robert Parrish. Prior to Bernice's passing, he and Bernice spent time traveling to various places overseas and in the U.S. Ralph was an excellent cook and baker. Much to the delight of his large family, Ralph provided his culinary skills to host many wonderful and memorable parties. Ralph will be dearly missed. Memorial service 2:30 PM Saturday, October 29 at First Lutheran Church of Crystal, 7708 62nd Ave N., Brooklyn Park, MN. Memorials preferred to N.C. Little Hospice Edina MN. www.littlehospice.org

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Published in Star Tribune on Oct. 23, 2011.
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October 27, 2011
Paul and family - We're really sorry to hear about your dad. I really loved your dad and always remember him as a cool engaging guy. I have to think he's having a great time reuniting with your mom.

Much love,

Phil & Kim Hazel
October 24, 2011
Dear Tom, Paul, Dave,Linda and Barb,
Your Father was a wonderful man as you all know and everyone that
knew him will miss him. We enjoyed his company so much.
Every memory of him is a good one. That is hard to beat.
Frankie Larson
October 24, 2011
Dear Tom, Dave, Paul, Barb, Linda and Family,

It was our privilege to provide care for your beloved father. We share in your grief and send you our love.

Your Friends at Little Hospice
NC Little Memorial Hospice Inc
October 24, 2011
My deepest condolences go out to you Tom, Steph, Jessica and Nick in the passing of your father/grandfather. If you need anything just call.
Dottie Viar
Dottie Viar
October 23, 2011

In typical fashion, you have quietly led us through the remaining weeks of your life here on earth. I am grateful for every second of these last days with you. After reflecting on this time and beginning to look back on the memories we shared, it is difficult to put into words how much you mean to me.

As I struggle with putting thoughts and feelings into words, there is no other way for me to sum it all up other than by saying you were the coolest Dad in the world. You led by example with a patient determination and unconditional love. I look back on my most important life lessons and they can all be attributed to you.

There is one certainty that I take with me as I move forward from here. Although you are gone, I know these life lessons will continue for the remainder of my time here on earth. For that, I am also truly grateful.


Paul Johnson
October 23, 2011
I am so glad you all had so many wonderful times together in healthy times and that Ralph got to make his transition his way, with those he loved around him. Much peace to you all.
*Jeana and Susan
Jeana Hamm
October 23, 2011
Seems like a wonderful man, Linda. I'm sure you and your family will miss him greatly. My thoughts are with you in this difficult time.
Susan Hicks
October 23, 2011
Barb, Linda, David, Tom, and Paul, my sympathies go out to you and your families at this time of loss. I have so many memories of our parents and us kids. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love to you all.
Beth Ronning Lundgren
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