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Ronald F. Johnson, 63

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Ronald F. Johnson, age 63, of New Richmond, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, on Sunday, July 27, at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

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He was born the son of Kenneth and Shirley (Smithson) Johnson on Feb. 19, 1951, in Minneapolis, Minn. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Ronald continued his service becoming a member and serving as past commander of the VFW in New Richmond.

On Feb. 16, 1974, Ron married Jacquelyn Schroeder in Caledonia, Minn. He was a long-time employee for Coca-Cola Bottling and a business agent for Teamsters Local #792. No fight was ever too small for Ron when it came to employees and their rights. He retired in 2010.

Ron enjoyed traveling, especially trips to Mexico with friends. He also enjoyed camping and fishing with his grandchildren.

He will be missed by his wife, Jackie; sons, Corey (Mary) Johnson and Josh Johnson; grandchildren, Kody and Andrew Baribeau, and Kiara and Jordan Johnson; great-grandson, Trenton Baribeau; brother, Robert (Marge) Johnson; dear friend, Curt Arvold; many relatives and friends.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Shirley; daughter, Shauna; and brothers, Leonard and Dennis.

A memorial visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, with a Memory Sharing Service at 7:30 p.m. at Bakken-Young's Beebe Chapel in New Richmond. Military Honors will be performed concluding the Memory Sharing Service by the VFW Post #10818 of New Richmond.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

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