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Raymond Johnson, 88 - April 15, 2009


Ray Johnson, 88, of Cozad, formerly of North Platte, passed away April 7, 2009, at the Cozad Community Hospital.
Services were held on April 11 at the Church of Christ in Cozad with Mike Dennis officiating. Burial with military honors was at the Arbor Cemetery at Stockville.
Johnson was born Jan, 27, 1921, at Orafino to Philip and Elnora (Perkins) Johnson. He graduated from Curtis High School in 1938.
On Dec. 25, 1941, he married Beverly E. Arent at Overland, KS. In September of 1942, he entered the U.S. Navy where he served in World War II.
Following his discharge, he and his wife moved to Gothenburg where they operated a cabin camp. In 1948, the couple moved to a farm site south of Farnam where they lived and raised their children until Johnson’s retirement from farming in 1979.
Following retirement, the couple moved to North Platte where Johnson decided to attend Mid Plains Community College in pursuit of an associate degree in electronics. Following his graduation in 1980, he began work at Midwest Office Supply in North Platte. In 2005, the couple moved to Cozad.
Johnson was a member of the Frontier County Fair Board, Frontier County Election Board, Draft Board, Farnam Telephone Board, District 14 School Board and the Curtis American Legion.
?He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, square dancing and playing cards. He especially loved spending winters in Arizona and summers in Colorado with his wife, the family said.
?He was preceded in death by: a brother, Clarence; two brothers-in-law, Butch Janus and Kenneth Greenlee; sister-in-law Carole Mae Johnson; nephew Bill Greenlee; and niece Rhonda Janus.
Survivors include his: wife, Beverly Johnson of Cozad; son, Larrie (Janice) Johnson of Cozad; daughter, Sharron (Larry) Call of Omaha; sister, Dorothy Janus of Lexington; brother, Gene Johnson of Gothenburg; sister-in-law, Ruth Johnson of Ogallala; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great- grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to Central Plains Home Health & Hospice or the American Heart Association. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

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