AMerican Veteran 11

Ralph Dean Johnson

June 12, 1931 ~ April 12, 2022 (age 90)


Aberdeen, SD-Funeral Service for Ralph Dean Johnson, 90, of Aberdeen will be 1:00 pm, Monday, April 18, 2022, at Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory. Rev. John Hisel will officiate.

Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens with military rites.

Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Ralph died April 12, 2022, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.

Ralph Dean Johnson, son of Ralph G. and Elva (Wenger) Johnson was born June 12, 1931, at Aberdeen, SD. He grew up on the family farm southeast of Columbia, SD graduating from Columbia High School with the class of 1949. He entered the United States Navy January 4, 1951, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a engineman 1st Class, serving on the USS LSMR-403. He was honorably discharged November 29, 1954, at Long Beach, CA. He returned to South Dakota and attended Northern State Teachers College, earning his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education.

Ralph was united in marriage to Janice Spencer on June 1, 1956, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Westport, SD. Ralph began work in 1961 at Northern State Teachers College, and in 1964, it became Northern State College. He was the Director of the Physical Plant, retiring in 1987.

Woodworking and carpentry was a fulfilling pastime which he had been doing for years. He also enjoyed vegetable gardening at the farm and in the community gardens in Aberdeen.

Ralph was a member of Roy L. Hall American Legion Post #58 of Columbia and a former member of the Woodworker’s Guild.

Grateful for having shared Ralph’s life are his wife, Janice of 65 years, children, Terri (Craig) Carlson of Sioux Falls, SD, Alan Johnson and Ralph G. Johnson, both of Columbia, SD and Brenda (Dave) VanTussenbroek of Peoria, AZ; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and brother, Joe Johnson of St. George, UT.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Clare and Robert and sisters, Ally Johnson, Ruth Daly and Mary Weismantel.

Honorary Casketbearers will be Rollie Bunn, Everett Quam, Archie Daly, Frank Daly, Terry Hauskins and Al Riggenberg.

Casketbearers will be Ralph’s grandchildren, David Carlson, Corey Carlson, Nick Johnson, Landon Johnson, Jeremy Johnson, and Kayla Willis.

Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice.

Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Funeral Service
April 18, 2022

1:00 PM
Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory
1708 8th Ave NE
Aberdeen, SD 57401

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