Ron Johnson Obituary

Ron L. Johnson
Ron L. Johnson
Ron L. Johnson

July 25, 1941 - July 29, 2020
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in West Des Moines, Iowa
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Ron L. Johnson, 79, passed away July 29, 2020, surrounded by family. He was born on July 25, 1941, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Carl and Edith Johnson. Ron married Bonnie Stites on July 29, 1961, in Des Moines.

He graduated from Urbandale High School in 1959. After high school he enlisted in the Army Reserves and was active duty for 3 years and inactive for 2 years. Ron played basketball at Southwestern Community College and then got his degree at Drake University in 1965. He went on to get his Master’s Degree in 1970 at Northeast Missouri State University. Ron spent 37 years in education as a teacher and coach at Exira High School and Creston High School. Teaching and coaching were his passions, and he impacted many lives over the years. He also was named Junior High District Athletic Director of the Year in 2001. Ron also spent many years refereeing basketball and volleyball. His greatest passion was spending time with family and friends. The family enjoyed countless hours in the gym. Time with the grandkids and fishing ponds were at the top of his list. And one of his greatest life’s passions was to teach every PE student to juggle.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; children, Janelle (Kasey) Henley, Jill (Mark) Rice, Justin (Treana) Johnson, and Jamie (Brandi) Johnson; grandchildren, Madison and Kaden Henley, Kylie (Curtis) Schultz, Luke and Cassie Johnson, Berkley and Jessi Johnson; great-grandchild, Jakson Schultz; and brother, Richard Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Ozzie, Walter, Chuck, Cork, Roy, Glenn, and Lawrence, and sister Erma Burt.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Avalon Hospice and the angels on earth who cared for Ron.

Memorials for Ron will go to a scholarship for a Creston graduate and student athlete attending Southwestern Community College. Contributions can be made to the SWCC Education Foundation in Ron’s honor.

A celebration of life will be held outside at Glendale Cemetery on Monday, August 3, at 1:00. Everyone is welcome. Masks are encouraged. Online condolences and a livestream of the service will be available at this website.





Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Monday, August 3, 2020
1:00 PM