Ronald Johnson, 75, passed away Friday, November 16, 2018 in his home in Okemos. He will be sorely missed by his loving family and friends. Ron will be remembered for his dark, witty sense of humor along with his dedication to his family. He was a musical genius (borderline fanatic) who never left home without his camera. A beloved brother, uncle, father and grandfather he was also a devoted animal lover whose kindness and gentle soul enriched all who knew him.
Ron graduated from Charlotte High School in 1961. While attending MSU, he joined Phi Sigma Kappa and earned his B.A. in 1965. In 1967 he was drafted into the Naval Reserves at Great Lakes and served as Company Clerk 2nd Class Petty Officer until the Vietnam war ended. In 1976, he earned a Master of Public Administration degree from WMU, which led to a career working for the State as an Assistant Director in the Department of Social Services.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, John (J.D.) and Sybil Johnson, along with numerous aunts, uncles and grandparents.
Ron is survived by his sister, Janice Wiltshire of Charlotte; his sons Jeffrey Johnson Hall (Rebecca) of Charlotte, Chris Johnson (Rebecca) of Grand Rapids and daughter Rebecca Johnson (Ben) of Berkeley. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins and friends.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date, please check dignitymemorial.com for updates.
Ron respectfully requests six Michigan State athletes as pallbearers so the Spartans can let him down one last time.
In lieu of flowers contributions be made to, AFFEW (A Few Friends for the Environment of the World) affew.org PO Box 177 Ludington 49431…Another would be his church…People’s Church 115 W. Loomis St. Ludington, or The Ludington Area Center for the Arts 107 S. Harrison, Ludington.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at greastlansing.com for the Johnson family.