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Ronald D. Johnson

Ronald D. Johnson

Ronald Dean Johnson, 65, of Mitchell, died Friday, October 25, 2013 at his home of a heart attack. Funeral services will be 10:30 am Tuesday, October 29 at the First Lutheran Church, in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm Monday at First Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 7:00 pm. Arrangements are with the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

Ronald D. Johnson was born June 6, 1948 in Willow Lake, SD, to Henry and Minnie Johnson. His family farmed near Willow Lake, where he attended both grade and high school. He attended Jamestown College in ND where he ran track and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He married his High School sweetheart Sharon (Jameson) Johnson on December 27, 1969 in Willow Lake. He then taught biology in De Smet, SD, for 5 years before being drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War on June 22, 1971. He was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska for two years and then he and Sharon returned to De Smet where they both taught. Ron furthered his education at SDSU where he earned his pharmacy degree. Their two children were born in De Smet; Jeffrey in 1976 and Stacia in 1978. Ron worked at Huron Regional Hospital for nine years. In 1989, Ron was hired as Director of Pharmacy at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, SD, and had recently retired from Avera Queen of Peace on July 2, 2013. Ron was hired as a part-time pharmacy inspector for the State Board of Pharmacy in September 2013 and worked until his death.

Ron was an active part of his communities and served in many ways. He was awarded the Cub Scout leader of the year, was president of the First Lutheran Church, school board member in De Smet for 4 years, was a life-long member of the South Dakota Society of Hospital Pharmacists where he served as president in 1995, he was a Legislative Committee member, and was awarded Hospital Pharmacist of the year in 1999. Ron was very active in the SDSU College of Pharmacy serving on the Advisory Council, assisting with College of Pharmacy admission interviews, and as a preceptor for students. He was an active member of the American Lutheran Church where he taught confirmation and was a choir member. He was also a member of the Mitchell Stampede Rodeo, and Mitchell Rotary.

Ron always enjoyed life to the fullest, especially with his family and his many friends. Ron loved to golf, fish, fly fish, waterski, snow ski, play cards, play basketball, board games, hunt, put together puzzles, and play games with his grandkids.

He is survived by his wife Sharon Johnson, two children Jeff (Rachael) Johnson and Stacia (Shawn) Ericsson. He has four grandchildren: Ethan Ericsson, Wyatt Johnson, Olivia Ericsson and Juliet Johnson all from Sioux Falls, SD. Six siblings: Illdena (Cork) Poppen, Willow Lake, Henry (Cathy) Johnson, Willow Lake, Dorothy Haug, Willow Lake, Darleen (Kenny) Pierson, Burnsville, MN, Arba (Margeret) Johnson, Marshalltown, IA, Terry (Sandy) Johnson of Anchorage, Alaska; Ramona (Arlan) Warwick from Watertown, and Sherri (Ron) Meyers from Sioux Falls, and many more nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to establish a Memorial Scholarship for an SDSU College of Pharmacy student.