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Stewart "Ron" Johnson

Dec 14, 1946 - Mar 26, 2018
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Stewart Ronald Johnson departed his loving family on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the Lola Kay House in Yakima, with his former wife Nancy by his side. He was 71 years old, and a longtime, proud resident of the Yakima Valley. Ron was born in Yakima, Washington on December 14, 1946 to Stewart and Caroline (Ricard) Johnson. Ron and his late twin brother Don were the oldest boys in a family of eight children, with four boys and four girls.
 
Ron attended St. Paul’s school, and graduated from Marquette High School in 1965, and later attended Yakima Valley Community College where he studied police science. He was a Vietnam War veteran, drafted in 1966 at the age of nineteen to serve in the Army. He spent a year of training in the states before being deployed for active duty in Vietnam, where he was chosen for the critical role of Point Man for his platoon. He received the Army Commendation Medal and Medal of Heroism for his bravery and the sacrifices he made for his fellow soldiers, and he returned home in 1968. Ron’s twin brother Don served in the Air Force in Vietnam during the same time. 
 
Ron married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Roach, in 1969 and they were married for thirty-four years. Together they raised three beautiful daughters in a loving home where many friends and family were welcomed. Ron took great pride in making holidays very special occasions for his family and instilling traditions that his daughters proudly carry on today with their own families. 
 
Ron took great pride in his work at Wray’s Thriftway Chalet as a checker for more than forty years. He was beloved by many faithful Wray’s customers who were drawn to his kindness, charm, smile and sense of humor. Ron’s work at Wray’s was a tremendous source of joy and fulfillment for him.
 
Ron will be remembered for his love in and pride for his family, his awe and respect for nature, and his many talents and interests beyond work. He was a gifted artist and a poet, and he loved playing his guitar and singing Beatles and Jimmy Buffet songs. He was an avid fisherman and a hunter and enjoyed many family camping trips. He loved playing and watching sports, and especially loved playing golf and tennis. He was a deep thinker and engaging conversationalist, and his children and grandchildren always relished in his entertaining stories from his own childhood and life.
 
Ron is survived by his former wife Nancy Johnson and their three daughters, five granddaughters and one grandson; daughter Michelle Johnson, son-in-law Ned Searles, grandchildren Nora and Wyatt of Lewisburg, PA; daughter Jacqueline Johnson-Hanks and granddaughters Julia and Madison of Chapin,  SC; daughter Kimberly Johnson-Eckstein, son-in-law David Eckstein, and granddaughters Eliotte and Nathalie of Seattle, WA; his sisters, Carole (Dennis) Sierts of Yakima, WA, Sandi (Tim) Osborne of Seattle, WA, Mary (Tim) Harrington of Issaquah, WA; his brothers Tom Johnson of Washougal, WA and Tim (Beverly) Johnson of Lynnwood, WA; nieces and nephews, Tracy Austin (Jeff), David Lighthall, Lisa Lighthall-Haubert (Doug), Stephen Johnson, Sarah Johnson-Pappas (John), Joe Osborne (Meredith), Kiki Osborne-Rodriguez, Andy Johnson (Taylor), Jillian Johnson (Taylor), Caroline Johnson-Ethell (David), Steven Priebe-Johnson, and Mark Dukart; his Aunt Rosie (Jim) Ricard, and numerous cousins. 
 
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Stewart and Caroline; his siblings, twin brother Don and sister Kathy; his granddaughter Nathalie Searles; his nephews Ralph McInnis Rosenberry III (“Todd”) and Trevor Rosenberry.
 
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Cathedral. Inurnment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Cathedral, c/o Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory, P.O. Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936. To share a memory of Ron, please visit www.brooksidefhc.com.
 
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the many people who cared for Ron and made his life easier in the months leading up to his death, especially our mom Nancy and our aunt Carol, the Lola Kay Adult Family Home and the Staff of Memorial Compass Care. 
 

 

 

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Jun 22, 2018:10:00 AM

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