Ron gained his wings in Anchorage, Alaska. He will be remembered for his smile that could warm anyone’s heart. He never met a stranger, after starting a conversation, it was as though they were great friends. Born in Kalispell to Howard and Patricia Johnson. They later moved to Polson where he went from elementary through high school. He enjoyed visiting with his classmates whenever he could and never missed a class reunion. Ron and wife Ruthie fostered 150 children over 20 years. After retiring from Plum Creek Lumber company, they moved to Monroe, Washington, where he started a second career with Elliot Bay Metal Fabricating. While working with the Monroe Correctional system, he made lasting relationships with the inmates and saw them as equals. He had many hobbies including golf, collecting baseball cards, hot wheels, clowns and Seahawks memorabilia. He was a member of the Glacier street rod association in Kalispell, Montana.
He is preceded in death by his father Howard H. Johnson, a nephew Kristopher Scott, sisters-in-law Mary Freese and Carolinda Darling and numerous family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Ruthie Johnson, children: Theron, Tamara, Tiffany, Damien and Nathan. 14 grand children. 3 great grand children. Also survived by his mother Patricia Johnson and sister Barb Scott, numerous friends and family.
There will be a celebration of life at the South Kalispell Fire Department on April 21, 2021 at 2:00 PM. Address is 1255 Willow Glen Dr., Kalispell, Montana. We are sending him off in style with a Mexican pot luck as per his love of making (HOT) salsa. I’m going to supply a taco bar. It would be wonderful if you would bring your favorite Mexican dish and your memories to share. There will be coffee and water.