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Ronald Johnson, 72 - September 03, 2008

Ronald M. Johnson, 72, of Lexington, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008, at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington.
Services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 1:30 p.m. at the Berean Bible Church in Lexington with the Rev. Glenn Johnson officiating. Burial will take place at the Evergreen Cemetery at Lexington.
A visitation will be held Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.
Johnson was born on July 3, 1936, at Wood River, to Melvin and Etta (Seery) Johnson.
He had grown up around the Holdrege and Kearney area and stayed close to home until entering the United States Army. He was honorably discharged.
Upon his discharge, he was united in marriage to Maxcean Nehls on July 24, 1960, at Kearney. To this union, five children were born.
Johnson and his wife made their home at Fremont, Plymouth and Kearney, and moved to Lexington in 1965, where they have lived since.
He and his family attended the Baptist Church where he received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. Family members were baptized at the river, and they then joined the Berean Church, where he helped with the Awana youth group.
Johnson had worked for Sperry New Holland, the Lexington Mill & Elevator, and the past 20 years, with Nebraska By-Products.
?He enjoyed the Boy Scouts and spent many years volunteering his time as a leader and mentor for numerous boys in the Lexington area, according to family members. He received the Order of the Arrow, and would spend his vacation time each year taking scout members on their annual camping trips.
?Johnson was preceded in death by: his parents, Melvin and Etta Johnson; an infant son, Melvin.
Survivors include: his wife, Maxcean Johnson of Lexington; two sons—Myron Johnson of Gothenburg and Lloyd (Dotti) Johnson of Omaha; two daughters—Wanda Ewoldt of Cozad and Laurie Johnson of Lexington; a brother, Jerry Johnson of Holdrege; two sisters—Winona Barker of Cambridge and Shiela (Fred) Burkey of Sterling, CO; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews; special friends Lonnie (Ann) Johnson of Lexington and Art Peters of Cozad.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at