Ronald Dean Johnson


June 6, 1948 - October 25, 2013



     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 a

SDSU College of Pharmacy student.




Monday, October 28, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
First Lutheran Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
411 North Duff Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, October 29, 2013
10:30 AM
First Lutheran Church
411 North Duff Street
Mitchell, South Dakota

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entry posted by Dale and Kathy Salz on 11-02-2013
Sharon and family, you are all in our prayers. What a shock! We will all miss him soooo much. It is so hard to loose the love of your life. The Lord will give you the strength to make it through. I wish I was there to hug you! Hang in there. We love you.
entry posted by Tom and Lori Wagner on 10-31-2013
We are so sorry and share our deepest sympathies with you. May God put his arms around you and keep you strong and comforted today and in the difficult days ahead. Ron was always so full of fun and life and never failed to share a warm smile. He will be missed by many.
entry posted by Pat Steen on 10-31-2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you Sharon, and your family. He was a great classmate and will be missed by many.
entry posted by Darrell and Dorothy Pulscher on 10-30-2013
We are so sorry. Ron was such a good uncle to our grandchildren. He will be missed so very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
entry posted by Larry & Vergean Steen on 10-30-2013
Sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Our deepest sympathy to you, Sharon, and your family.
entry posted by Jeff & Lindsay Nolte on 10-29-2013
Sharon, Jeff, Stacia and families- our deepest sympathy to all of you on Ron's passing. I can recall lots of great memories of your years in De Smet with my family. Prayers to you all.
entry posted by Roberta Tingle-Peterson on 10-29-2013
I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. May it comfort your entire family to know God is with you and the prayers and support of friends.
entry posted by Brenda and LeRoy Kruse on 10-29-2013
To Sharon, Jeff and Stacia, So saddened by the news of Ron's passing. Know that God will sustain and comfort you. It has been many years since I baby sat Jeff and Stacia, but every now and again I think about where the kids are and what they are doing. Keep your family close and keep your memories in your heart and keep the HOPE we have in Jesus. Much sympathy to you all.
entry posted by Herb and Marie Rusche on 10-29-2013
We are so sorry for your great loss and hold you close to our hearts in prayer.
entry posted by Barry Hein on 10-29-2013
My thoughts and sympathies are with you guys. My interaction with Ron was limited but I'll always remember him from my short time as a Scout. He had a way of making even an overactive kid understand things and he was always kind.
entry posted by Deb (Johnson) Canton on 10-28-2013
Dear Sharon, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Ron. You may not even remember me, but we were at Webster HS together. My sympathy to you and your family. May your memories bring a smile to your heart.
entry posted by David Ward DC on 10-28-2013
Ron was a great teacher and coach! He always encouraged me to do my best!
entry posted by Lisa Petersen on 10-28-2013
So sad to hear about Ron. He was a very big inspiration for me to continue through pharmacy school and know he inspired countless others as well!
entry posted by Denny and Lois Unzicker on 10-28-2013
We are so very sorry for your loss. It is always a hard situation to deal with. May the Lord bless you with his comfort.
entry posted by Mark and Brittani Wilkinson on 10-28-2013
Thinking of you! It is hard to lose someone so close. Warm memories will guide you through this tough time.
entry posted by Dorothy (Hall) Synstad on 10-28-2013
Sharon I am so sorry to hear about Ron. You are in my prayers.
entry posted by Robert Browning on 10-28-2013
I send my sincerest sympathy for the johnson family. May Ron be blessed by the lord as well as his surving family. ~Robert and Rhonda Browning
entry posted by Robert Browning on 10-28-2013
I send my sincerest sympathy for the johnson family. May Ron be blessed by the lord as well as his surving family. ~Robert and Rhonda Browning
entry posted by Dan Somsen on 10-28-2013
So shocked to hear of Ron's passing! As pharmacy directors we had some good discussions about pharmacy and life. I just talked to him at the recent convention! May the Good Lord bless his family!
entry posted by Randy and LaVonne Bohn on 10-28-2013
So sorry to hear of Ron's death. What a shock for you and your family. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
entry posted by Rhea (Hein) VonEye on 10-28-2013
So sorry to hear of your loss. I pray that our loving Father wraps his strong arms around you and your family to give you all strength and comfort during this very difficult time. Love and prayers
entry posted by Lawrence Donovan on 10-28-2013
Sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He was a student of mine at Willow Lake and was
hightly thought of. My thoughts are with you.
entry posted by Chad Lee on 10-28-2013
So sorry to hear of your loss. I've always remembered your family with great fondness.
entry posted by Rita Anderson on 10-28-2013
To Sharon and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope your memories of the good times will help get you through these dificult days.I am thinking of the fun that we all shared together as friends here in De Smet years ago.
entry posted by Bill and Connie Halverson on 10-28-2013
We are so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Lorraine Widman also extends her sympathy.
entry posted by Chad Peterson on 10-28-2013
Sharon, Jeff, Stacia. Our sympathy and prayers to you. I was so sorry to hear about Ron's passing.
Chad and Denise Peterson
entry posted by Pat and Lyle Anderson on 10-28-2013
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Ron's death. May all your memories sustain you in your loss. Pat and Lyle and sons
entry posted by Patti Ward on 10-27-2013
Sharon and family, so sorry to hear about Ron. He was my best teacher in high school. When I didn't think I could do something he always encouraged me and told me I could. I carried that feeling in college and still do to this day.Teachers like Ron,who take just a little more time to help a student,
make a difference in their lives, are hard to find. I consider myself so lucky that God placed him in
my life to make a difference. My prayers are with your family.
entry posted by Bruce n& Peggy Brekke on 10-27-2013
My high school and Jamestown College best friend. We did it all together "Ron Jon". Weddings and throughout life, my best man. A real loss to me. My heart is deeply saddened for you and your family. Way too young to be leaving us. Coach Greeno is watching us.Go...Go..Go
entry posted by Gary & Renae Lamberty on 10-27-2013
Sharon we are so sorry to here of Ron. Gary is so sad they were such good High school buds oh of course Thorson. Our thought and prayers are with you all. God Love ya. The Lamberty's
entry posted by Deb & David Kuecker on 10-27-2013
Dear Sharon, your family, extended family and friends,
We send our deepest sympathy to all of you. Words cannot express how sorry we are for your deep loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers! May God wrap His ever loving arms around you and give you peace and understanding. Bless the memory of Ron and your life together. I am sure he and your dad are having a good heart to heart. Love you! Debbie & family
entry posted by Dan and Jan Raml on 10-27-2013
Sharon and family, we are so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Keeping you in our prayers.
entry posted by Don & Barbara Young on 10-27-2013
We were so sorry to hear about Ron. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very difficult time.
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entry posted by Craig and Bonnie Munger on 10-27-2013
Our deepest sympathy Sharon and family, he was a great friend love and prayers.
entry posted by Colleen Van Meter on 10-27-2013
My heart goes out to you and your family in the passing of Ron. May God heal and comfort you in this difficult time.
entry posted by Christi Sunne on 10-27-2013
So sorry to learn of Ron's passing. Sending love and prayers to give to strength during this difficult time. The world has lost a wonderful man.
entry posted by Barb and Steve Lienemann on 10-27-2013
Sharon, Jeff and Stacia and families, our deepest sympathy, from the entire Lienemann family
entry posted by Rodney and Diane Casper on 10-27-2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Sharon. So glad we got to see you two this past summer.
entry posted by Larry and Helen Janish on 10-27-2013
We were so sorry to hear about Ron's passing. Thanks for the personal call. We have appreciated you and Ron's friendship for many years. Our sympathy and prayers are with you, Sharon, Jeff and Stacy and families.
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