Ronald Johnson Sr., 1947-2018

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Ronald Dean Johnson Sr., 71, of Austin passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018, at his home in Austin. He was born Jan. 15, 1947, in Albert Lea, to Roland and Jurine (Arett) Johnson. Ron grew up in Albert Lea and attended Albert Lea High School, graduating with the class of 1965. Following his graduation, he went on to serve his country in the National Guard. On Feb. 22, 1974, Ron married Barbara Newman in Austin. They made their home in Austin and were blessed with five children. Ron worked as an energy tech for Semcac in the weatherization program for over 25 years, retiring in April 2005. Ron was a hard worker and loved to stay busy. He enjoyed boating, riding motorcycle, hunting, fishing, collecting Coke memorabilia and playing Yahtzee. Ron most enjoyed the time he spent with his family.

Ronald Johnson Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Barb; children Christopher Johnson, Angela Johnson, William (Michelle) Johnson, Barbie (Jim) Larson, all of Austin; mother Jurine Johnson of Albert Lea; grandchildren Stephanie (David), Dakota, Joshua, Brittany (Lin), Jori, Jack, Owen, Henry, Gracie, Faith, Cameron, Lyric, BreeAnna, Autumn, Avery, Liam, Nicole, Nathan, Ethan, Ashley and Taylor; great-grandchildren Isabelle, Lillyanne, Carter and Kayle; brothers Kenneth (Linda) Johnson of Sioux City, Iowa, and Charles Johnson of Albert Lea; sister Marsha (Harlan) Kuntz of St. Ansgar, Iowa; sisters-in-law Rita Johnson of Albert Lea and Dorothy Newman of Austin; brothers-in-law William Newman and Ronald Newman of Austin; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Roland Johnson, in 1994; his son Ronald D. Johnson Jr. in 2017; brother Stanley Johnson; father-in-law and mother-in-law William and Ardis Newman; brothers-in-law Robert Newman and Dennis Newman, aunts and uncles, and many friends.

Memorial services for Ron will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin with Capts. David and Laura Amick officiating. The Johnson family will greet friends from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home on Thursday. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin. Services are prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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