Raymond Alfred Johnson was born September 8, 1913, at Malcolm, Iowa, to John J. and Alvina Engelbarts Johnson. His family moved to Ledyard when Ray was two and he attended country schools there. Ray worked on the family farm and on January 29, 1941, he married Ella W. Goetz at Ledyard, Iowa. Ray was a carpenter then following his marriage, the couple farmed in the Ledyard and Bancroft areas. Ray enjoyed horseshoes, bowling, dancing, playing cards and bullhead fishing but his greatest love was playing baseball and softball.
Ray became a resident of the Valley Vue Care Center in Armstrong, Iowa in December, 2004, and died there on Monday morning, August 7, 2006, at the age of 92.
Survivors include his wife Ella of the Valley Vue Care Center, sons Kirk Johnson and wife Joyce of Mazeppa, Minnesota, and Bruce Johnson and wife Tammy of Fairmont, Minnesota, as well as four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers, Duane Johnson and wife Laura of Ledyard, Iowa, Reuben Johnson and wife Beverly of Ringsted, Iowa, Merle Johnson and wife Ramona of Ledyard, Iowa, sisters, Helen Kessel and husband Amos of Lanesboro, Minnesota, Laura Willey of Algona, Iowa, Viola Albers of Crystal Lake, Iowa, and Luella Hagedorn of Buffalo Center, Iowa.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Glen, Ervin and Everett, sister Alice Nauman, brothers-in-law, Hugh Willey, Raymond Albers, LeRoy Nauman and Melbourne Hagedorn and sister-in-law Sophia Johnson.
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