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Ronald Graeme Johnson

01/20/1932 - 10/26/2019

Ronald Graeme Johnson was born on 1-20-1932. He passed away in peace on 10-26-19 at Bella Vista in Oshkosh, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley Graeme Johnson and Eloise (Robechaud) Johnson; one son, Russell Graeme Johnson (2018); and beloved wives, Jane (Hayes) Johnson (1985), and Marie (Heinen) Johnson (2017).

Ronald is survived by his sisters, Lynette Swoboda (Al), Arlene De La Pasqua (Dante); brother, Thomas Johnson (Barbara); his children, Linda Johnson, Louise Weinberg (Larry), and Douglas Johnson (Michelle); grandchildren, Raizel Weinberg, Aaron Weinberg, and Seth Johnson.

He graduated from St. John’s Cathedral High School in Milwaukee, WI and then attended Layton School of the Arts in Milwaukee, majoring in photography. Ronald was employed at Kearney and Trecker for quite a few years and then began working with Swanson Productions and then eventually was self-employed owning Ron Johnson Productions, all endeavors focused on film making, photography, and videography.

He traveled, enjoyed winemaking, golfing, fishing, hunting, reading, science, world history, and philosophical conversation. 

His greatest loves next to his wives and family was Lake Poygan, WI where he started out with a small group of likeminded outdoorsmen and their families, taking turns to stay in a 40-foot trailer and enjoy the Lake Poygan life as much as possible. Ron then decided it was time to stake his own claim and as a family we built an A Frame cottage that his grandson Seth now enjoys as his home. Ron’s parents also had a family log cabin next door and many, many, many are the times of memory making and merry making we all so enjoyed together.

That is the greatest living legacy he left behind, the opportunity to live on this land and all its blessings. As well as the gift of a photographer’s eye to his grandson Seth.

A special love is sent out to dear Uncle John Llewellyn, his best friend, partner in crime, cigar smoking coconspirator, deck mate, Mr. Solve it, Create it, and Fixit, and jokester extraordinaire. How the laughs still resound, Thank you Uncle John.

When Ronald married his second wife Marie, they moved Bella Vista, AR and spent many happy years together until their health declined so family moved them back to Wisconsin, finding of all places, Bella Vista in Oshkosh. Magic!

That’s how he will be remembered, Bella Vista, the beautiful view on Lake Poygan, the beautiful view he had of his life as he accomplished all he set out to do.

We are extremely grateful to ALL the staff at Bella Vista these last 5 years as these years were very challenging. So deeply grateful for your assistance, love and support. And deeply grateful as well for Ascension Home Health and Hospice who so wisely, compassionately, and wholeheartedly cared for him. Thank you, Sister Pam, for your care, prayer, and support for Ron and Saint Judy for your abiding love and friendship to both Marie and Ronald. Truly you are both treasures.

So now you have the most beautiful heavenly view, Dad, rest in peace.

A visitation for family and friends will be on Friday, November 8, 2019, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church 210 Pleasant Dr. Winneconne. A funeral Mass will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Fr. Tom Long and Sr. Pam Biehl officiating. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Milwaukee.

If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfh.net.

Steve Lisak wrote on November 7, 2019
I always enjoyed sharing time and conversation with Ron. He helped me be a better person and for that I am grateful. Rest In Peace my friend.

Stacy Lange wrote on November 7, 2019
Ron’s passing brings a sadness in our hearts, but what an amazing life and legacy he leaves behind. This brings much comfort, as does knowing he is now with all he loved and lost, as well, I will never forget this larger than life man, & how kind he was to me from day one, as I joined the family, as a young girl. I loved his laughter and sense of humor, & that he was so passionate about his beliefs, and never feared to tell you how he felt. He was passionate and hard working, having raised 4 wonderful children, and we all knew how much he loved his family, and how proud he was of them, along with his grandchildren. I miss you Uncle Ron, and am both grateful and blessed that you graced my life.

Cindy Froehlich/Concierge at Bella Vista wrote on November 4, 2019
I first started to get to know Ron when he would call me from AR with questions before they moved here to Bella Vista Oshkosh. Ron was always interesting to talk with and very much a gentleman. When ever we ran into each other he had a big smile and wave for me. What an interesting and full life he had. Prayers for your family at this time. Sincerely Cindy Froehlich

Annoymonus wrote on November 4, 2019
I didnt know this gentleman but I just wanted to say how beautiful this obituary is. Without even knowing him it is clear he was a very loved man.

Michelle Johnson wrote on November 2, 2019
RIP Mr. J I enjoyed the challenging 37 year ride with you that was always interesting, to say the least! I will miss you saying you liked hearing the sound of my voice when we spoke on the phone. Nicely written obituary Linda??

Sue & Terry Hammel wrote on November 2, 2019
Our sympathy to you and all the family. There are alot of memories to keep you going. God Bless.

Lauri Lumby wrote on November 2, 2019
Ron's greatest legacy is his children! Generous, kind, loving women and men who care for the earth, each other, and every person with whom they come in contact. Thank you Ron for bringing these beautiful men and women into this world and teaching them how to love and how to live! Holding you all in love's embrace as you honor your father's passing.

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