Ralph C. Johnson

October 03, 1924 ‒ July 15, 2003

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Ralph Calvin Johnson, age 78, of Ridgewood Ave., Mount Vernon, died at his home July 15, 2003. He was born October 3, 1924, in Portsmouth, Ohio the son of the late Roy A. and Mima A. (Williams) Johnson and had been a Mount Vernon resident for most of his life. He was employed for 21 years by P.P.G in Mount Vernon as a kilns man and retired in 1974. Mr. Johnson was a member of the AMVETS, The Moose Lodge and the VFW all in Mount Vernon. During the late fifties and early sixties Mr. Johnson was well known locally as a pitcher for several fast-pitch softball teams. Mr. Johnson played fast-pitch softball for the Newark Merchants and Ashland Faultless Rubber traveling teams. In his career, Mr. Johnson was never beaten in league play and has a lifetime record of 538 wins to 40 losses including 80 no hitters and 202 one hitters. The highest point of his career was leading his hometown team of Portsmouth to a 3-0 win over Huntington, WV to win the 1957 Tri-State championship. He was also instrumental in the lighting of the Memorial Park baseball fields. Mr. Johnson was an avid Ohio State football fan.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years Sally (Troyer) Johnson whom he married May 12, 1973; 4 daughters Rose (Mike) Beckholt of Fredericktown, Lelia (Rick) Black of Delaware, Ohio, Jo (Henry) Gartner of Mount Vernon and Lori (Victor) Claudio of Misawa, Japan, 3 sons Paul (Linda) Johnson of Beaverton, Oregon, Terry (Ruthie) Johnson of Mount Vernon and Michael (Jane) Johnson of Boise, Idaho; 25 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren; a sister Marie (Frank) Phillips of Baltimore, Maryland and 2 brothers George (Ezell) Johnson of Niles, Ohio and Paul (Jackie) Johnson of Portsmouth, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Ruth (Bloomfield) Johnson in 1972, four sisters; Helen Hall, Lucille Sagowitz, Rachael Johnson, Nettie Johnson and three brothers, Moris Johnson, Leroy Johnson and Bill Johnson.

Friends may call on Thursday from 2 PM until 4 PM and 6 PM until 8 PM at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 1 PM at the funeral home. Burial with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 302 E. High St., Mount Vernon, Ohio. This obituary and a guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com