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In Memory of Ronald Johnson



Funeral Services

A Celebration of Ron’s Life will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Bethel Lutheran Church - Highlands Campus, 504 Frontage Rd., Hudson

Ronald V. “Ron” Johnson, age 85 of Hudson, WI and longtime resident of Jackson, MN passed away on June 15, 2017 at his residence.  Ron, son of Vern and Milda (Frerk) Johnson Field was born on June 20, 1931 on a farm north of Hadley, MN.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  He attended country school and graduated from Slayton High School.  Ron proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.  In 1953, he was united in marriage to Sylvia Larson.  Their marriage was blessed with five children:  Mark, Peter, Lynn, Paul and Chris.  Ron graduated from South Dakota State University and taught Vocational Agriculture in Jackson, MN for three years.  He worked for the First National Bank in Jackson as an Ag loan officer, eventually becoming the bank’s president over the course of his career.  During his years in banking, he was active in county, regional and state banking organizations.  Ron was privileged to participate in national banking conferences relating to agriculture, as well as serving as an instructor in several banking schools. 

Ron’s love of his church and community was evident by his tireless service.  He touched many lives.  His leadership role in the beginning of the Jackson Development Corporation and its early accomplishments was one of his greatest prides.  His love of the community of Jackson and its people was immeasurable.  

Outside of his working career, Ron was a talented wood carver and an avid reader.  He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who was very proud of his family.

Ron will remain in the hearts of his wife of 64 years, Sylvia; children:  Mark Johnson, Peter (Sandy) Johnson, Lynn (Craig) Carlson, Paul (fiancé, Sheila) Johnson, and Chris (Kristen) Johnson; 9 grandchildren:  Christine (Michael), Andrew, Laura (Dan), Caitlin (Brian), Jennifer, Devina (Gary), Jack, Ellie, and Sam; 4 great-grandchildren:  Eleanor, Josephine, Caroline, and John; Belgian son, Ivo (Kathleen) Gielis; and several cousins.  

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Ron’s Life will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Bethel Lutheran Church – Highlands Campus, 504 Frontage Rd., Hudson, with Pastor John Lestock officiating.  A time of fellowship will immediately follow.  Interment will take place at Highland Home Cemetery in Hadley, MN.  Memorials are preferred to Bethel Lutheran Sunday morning radio broadcast, or donor’s choice.  

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    • I talked to Ron on the phone last summer after receiving a copy of the book he compiled about the Jackson Development Corporation. He had been thoughtful enough to track me down after many years and send me a copy. We hadn’t talked for many years so it was great to catch up. We had both moved on to new lives and adventures after Jackson. However, he made it clear how much he valued small, rural communities.
      I moved to Jackson in 1969 and immediately got to know Ron. We established a multidimensional relationship that included banking, civic activities, the JDC and annual fishing trips with Bernie Montgomery, Gordon Sathe and a revolving cast of characters in Lake of the Woods, Canada. We really had a good time on those trips!
      Ron was solid as a rock and one never was in doubt about where he stood on any given subject. We could all use more people like Ron in our lives. What a good guy.

    • Ronald Johnson was my father. It seems appropriate today, this Father’s Day of 2017 – just two short days before what would have been his 86th birthday, to honor both him and my mother. As Martin Luther instructed, “We are to fear and love God so that we do not despise or anger our parents and others in authority, but respect, obey, love, and serve them.” That teaching on the meaning of God’s commandment always made perfect sense to the children of Ron and Sylvia Johnson.
      My dad was a terrific person. He was stern, but fair, and his genuine love for all of his family and friends always shown through more than anything else. He was a person of gravitas, sort of like the old E.F. Hutton commercial – “When he talked, people listened.” I think he intimidated most people at first sight given his size and stature, how he conducted himself, and his deep bass voice. He came across pretty much as a no nonsense kind of guy. But for his kids, and for anyone else who got to know him well, you quickly realized that there was no reason to fear him because he wanted what was best for you and was willing to help you accomplish your goals in any way that he could. He liked helping people and he found his greatest joy in the successes of others and the relationships that he developed with them.
      Ron Johnson was a wonderful person to have as a parent. You always knew where you stood with my dad. He wasn’t one to BS anything and he told it like it was. Most importantly, he walked the talk and you could count on that like having the sun come up in the east. Those kinds of people, the honest, straight-forward, salt-of-the-earth types, are the ones that make our world a better place, more safe and secure in the long run, and one in which others can enjoy their lives in peace and confidence and trust that they can rely on certain others. I never had one moment in my life when I didn’t feel total trust in him and love for him.
      Thanks and praise to God Almighty for having Ron Johnson be my father!