Ronald L. Johnson
1943 - 2020
August 31, 1943
November 8, 2020

Ronald L. Johnson

Ronald "Lars" L. Johnson, 77, of La Crosse passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.

Ron was born in La Crosse, Aug. 31, 1943, to Lloyd and Agnes Johnson. Shortly after Ron's birth, Agnes passed away, and Lloyd then married Marion Johnson.

Ron grew up in Galesville, was a 1961 graduate of Gale-Ettrick High School, and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Following his service, Ron worked briefly for Peerless Chain Co., in Winona, before embarking on a 39-year career as a welder with the La Crosse Trane Co., before retiring. On Nov. 27, 1965, Ron married Dorothy Brenengan at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Ettrick.

Ron was a member of American Legion Post 417, of French Island. In his free time, he enjoyed bowling, fishing and camping, and just generally tinkering around the house.

Ron is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his children, Gina (David) Olesen of Walton, Ky., and Jim (Kathy) Johnson of Holmen; a grandson, Ryan Olesen of Walton; two sisters, Donna Harding of Nebraska and Judy Nelson of Middleton, Wis.; a brother, Jerry (Carole) Johnson of Des Plaines, Ill., two sisters-in-law, Ivanell Johnson and Mary Gunderson, both of Holmen; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers-in-law, John Harding, Mike Nelson, and Ronald T. Johnson.

A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held from 4 until 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services, 200 West Ave. S., La Crosse. A private family memorial service will follow. Masks or facial coverings will be required and guests are asked to be mindful of social distancing guidelines. Online condolences can be submitted at

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Published by La Crosse Tribune on Nov. 11, 2020.
Memorial Gathering
4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services - La Crosse
200 West Avenue South, La Crosse, WI 54601
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Aunt Dorothy, Gina & Jim.. my thoughts and prayers are with you. Loved to hear Uncle Lars chuckle when he talked. Sending virtual hugs. Kimberly & Art Mans
Kimberly Johnson Maks
November 17, 2020
Sincere sympathy offered in the loss of Ron/Lars-one of the good guys!
Bev, Gale-Ettrick class of 1961
November 13, 2020
Dorothy & family, Kathy and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all of you. Lars will be missed. I regret that we will not be able to make it for the wake. I also would like to extend sympathies from mom. She is hanging in there and doing pretty well through all this COVID-19 stuff.
Joe Bartel
November 12, 2020
Sending love and prayers to all during this difficult time. There are so many memories that you will remember for all time of Lars that will bring comfort. One that comes to mind is meeting up with Lars and Dorothy on the plane and at the casino and having such a good time reminiscing. He will be greatly miss. Your cousin, Jean (Jones) Rand
Jean Rand
November 12, 2020
To the Ronald Johnson Family I am the Adjutant at American Legion Post 417. Please accept our deepest condolences and prayers for you during this time of sorrow. We also pray for Ronald as he is on his journey of everlasting peace and glory. May God take him in his hands. Bill and Members Post 417
William H Binnebose III
November 11, 2020
Deep sympathy sent to you. May his love and memory bring you and your love ones some peace.
Deb and Mike Faust
November 11, 2020