|11/7/2012 4:46:00 PM|
Ronald J. Johnson, 78, of Bingham Lake died Nov. 3, 2012, at his home in rural Bingham Lake after a battle with heart issues.
Memorial services will be held Friday at 2 p.m., at First United Methodist Church in Windom with Rev. Arthur Miller officiating.
Special music will be provided by Deann Steele, organist.
Honorary bearers will be Ronald's grandchildren: Logan Johnson, Kyle Johnson and Melanie Johnson.
Burial will follow at Lake-view Cemetery in Windom.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom and continue Friday at the church for one hour prior to services.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Ronald John Johnson was born Sept. 27, 1934, to John E. and Bertha Diamond (Smith) Johnson in Windom. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith.
Ron received his education in Windom Public Schools, graduating in 1953. He attended the University of Minnesota for two years.
In 1955, Ron married Ruth Boyce. They were blessed with three sons, Jan, Radd and Brett, before the marriage was later dissolved.
In 1988, Ron married Dorothy M. Van Norman at First United Methodist Church in Windom. They lived in rural Bingham Lake where Ron farmed until retiring in 2011.
Ron was a member of First United Methodist Church in Windom and a former member of United Methodist Church in Bingham Lake. He sang in the church choir.
For over 50 consecutive years, Ron showed purebred Berkshire hogs at the Minnesota State Fair and received an award for the accomplishment.
He also was a 4-H leader, coached softball and served on the Cottonwood County Fair Board for over 35 years.
Ron enjoyed fishing, pheasant and duck hunting, attending his grandchildren's activities, following high school wrestling, making homemade ice cream and traveling, having made many trips to Germany. He also loved lutefisk.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Gloria Wiles.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Van Norman of rural Bingham Lake; three sons: Jan (Pam) Johnson of Windom; Radd (Lorelei) Johnson of Ponce Inlet, Fla.; and Brett (Shari) Johnson of Dassel; three grandchildren; and two sisters, Lorna (Eldon) Nagorske of Mankato and Joyce (Darrel) Stevens of Windom.