Ronald Johnson

Ronald Johnson

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Ronald Lee Johnson, age 75, of Manhattan, Kansas passed away on December 20th, 2020 after just over a year long fight with Leukemia. He was born in Lenoir, NC on November 9th, 1945 to Roy L. Johnson and Violet G. (Smith) Johnson. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Mark C. Johnson. Surviving is his wife of 46 years, Daranee Johnson, his daughters, Beverly Jordan, Elizabeth Teague, and Jessica Kurtz, 10 grandchildren, and brother, Dave L. Johnson.

Ronald was a 1964 graduate of Statesville Senior High School, a 1968 BA graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College, a 1981 graduate of Masters in Intl’ Relations of Boston University, and 1992 graduate of Masters in Science of Kansas State University. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and Persian Gulf I (Operation Desert Storm). After his retirement from the Army at the rank of SGM, he Received a Masters of Science degree from Kansas State University and became an educator serving in various school districts in the Riley County area in Kansas. He served in numerous positions within the Teachers Union during his tenure at Manhattan High School including Membership, Negotiations, Vice President, and President. He was a strong advocate for teacher’s rights. His education career came to a close upon retirement in 2013.

Ronald spent retirement enjoying the home life with his beautiful wife and visiting his rambunctious little grandchildren. His favorite past-time was camping at Tuttle Creek Park, watching the water from their comfortable RV. Occasionally, he enjoyed going to the firing range with those dear to him.

Private graveside services with military honors will be at Mount Muncie Cemetery. A memorial service will be at a later date.
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Steven Thompson

Posted at 10:15am
Ron was my Battle-Buddy during Desert Storm and became a dear friend. From riding motorcycles, talking about guns, computers, or life in general, Ron always had a great perspective on life. "Your deeds are done here on earth my dear and faithful friend." To Ron's family, just know you could never have a more faithful friend. Steve Thompson

Fred T Brown

Posted at 04:17pm
Ronald was a Command Seargent Major! Highest rank you can achieve as an enlisted person! He served in Viet Nam and in the Gulf War! I did too... and yet I am just now finding this out! I so wish I had known . I was drafted, went to Infantry OCS,, Airborne, Ranger, 82nd ABN, 101st ABN and decided to get out as a Captain. I transferred to the Air National Guard and Commanded the Aeromedical System during Desert Storrm as a Lt. Colonel. Ronald and I were likely there together too (10 months) and I never knew until today... What lies we could have told!

I retired as a Colonel but was a long way from the highest rank I could achieve as Command Seargent Major Johnson did. We all should be proud of SGM Johnson ... he looked after the troops and helped bring them home. Lessons learned from SGM Johnson... stay in touch with your troops and friends. Many of Ronald's troops will want to know about his new journey and mission. Let me know if I can help with this in any way.. ( we also played football and basketball together on undefeated teams).

Go gently into the Good Night Seargent Major Ronald Johnson.

Fred Brown, Colonel (ret)

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