Johnson, Ralph 1937-2018

Clarksdale, Mo. - Ralph Johnson, 81, of Clarksdale, passed away on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at his home after fighting a brave battle with cancer and dementia.

Ralph was born in Island City, Missouri, to Sammie W. and Mary Alice (Smith) Johnson, on April 6, 1937.

He went to High school in Stanberry, Missouri, and after graduating, worked for Gustin Bacon Fiberglass in Kansas City, and then for Armour's in St. Joseph, for 21 years, and later for Washington Twsp. in Dekalb County, for 29 years.

Ralph was also a lifetime farmer and member of the Island City Christian Church.

In 1964 he married the love of his life, Mary Alice Huber. To this union four children were born: Linda, Gene, Brian Johnson, and Teresa Colhour; three grandchildren, Bradley (Kylie) Crowley, Samantha and Patrick Johnson; one great-grandchild, Katherine Leigham Crowley; and two step-great-granddaughters, Adasyn and Brilynn.

Ralph was preceded in death by: his parents; two brothers, Lloyd and Jim; and a sister, Doris Hill.

In addition to being survived by: his wife, children, and grandchildren; He is survived by: two brothers, Wallace (Lillie) Johnson, and Virgil (Jane) Johnson; two sisters, Ann Jones and Lois Hawkins; sister-in-law, Betty Johnson; several nieces; nephews; and a host of friends, that were with him till the end including: Carl and George Kimble, Ival Snow, Shane DeWilde, Jim and Linda Turner, Roberta Parent, Matt and Gina Jundy, Marvin and Debbie Godsey, and Bob and Mary Jones.

Funeral service will be held at the Turner Family Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Stewartsville, Missouri, with Pastor Kyle White and Rev. Scott Plowman officiating.

Christian Burial will follow at High Prairie Cemetery in Cosby, Missouri.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, Oct. 22, where family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Albany/ Stanberry Mosaic Hospice staff.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Camp Quality, or the Donor's choice in care of Turner Family Funeral Home, Stewartsville.

Online condolences: turnerfamilyfuneral.com. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.