Obituary for Ray Johnson
On July 31st, 2017, Ray Norbert Johnson was center-stage to a glorious reunion with a multitude of friends and family. Waiting for him were his beloved mother, Helen Pauline Nelson and his deeply cherished father, Oscar Emanuel Johnson. In addition, his dear brother, LaVern Oscar Johnson, grandson Ryan Johnson and a lifetime of friends and family were ready for his arrival at our Heavenly Father's Home.
Ray's journey began on July 29th, 1939 in Greeley, Colorado. His childhood was spent growing to love the beauty surrounding him. This admiration for all things in nature led to a lifetime of successful and abundant farming. Growing up, he attended the Ault schools. It was there that he met the love of his life, Jacklynn Ann Dill, who he married on November 9, 1957. Upon graduation, he was awarded a four-year scholarship to University of Denver (DU). However, shortly thereafter Uncle Sam called him to serve his country during the Vietnam War. Before being drafted, he chose to enlist in the Air Force and became an in flight refueler where he kept our nation's planes flying while stationed at Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. There he traveled the world during Strategic Air Command to lands far and near such as Greenland, the United Kingdom, Europe and Bermuda. When his duty was over, he returned to northern Weld County to raise his son, Randy; and there he became a farmer where he could express his lifelong love of nurturing all living things.
About 8 years later, the family expanded and he brought home Tonya, a new daughter. As the next four decades passed, Ray befriended every person he met in his profession, his passions, his hobbies and his community. As a result, he provided the world he loved so much with nourishment of both the body and soul. From snowmobiling in the mountains that were so close, to traveling to the historical locations that sparked his imagination and love of history; his creativity could be seen in the miniature sculptures he created that he gifted to others to the paintings that reflected the beauty of the country that he loved so much. His genius could be found in his thought-provoking conversations, inventions and problem-solving techniques. It seemed that whatever he planted in the ground, shared with another or provided to those in need, his ability to generate abundance was beyond description.
In the end those left behind who will miss him most are his sister Norine (Schoneman), his son Randy and his children, Nick Johnson and Heather and her husband (Brandon) Croissant and their two children, Miley and Ryder. As well, his daughter Tonya and husband (Jeff) Van Beber and their son, Scott, will forever be grateful for the life they shared with him. Numerous nieces and nephews who were blessed by his life will also mourn his passing. His sole mission was to give love and be loved in return. The final seasons of his life became a cherished chapter which includes a beloved church family at Christ Community Church where they and his friends and family and their loved ones will gather to say goodbye to him on Wednesday, August 9th at 1:30 p.m. Contributions can be made to Christ Community Church. To extended condolences to the family go to AdamsonCares.com
"There is an appointed time for everything.
And there is a time for every event under heaven -
A time to give birth, and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted."
- Ecclesiastes, 3:1-2