Ronald “Ron” Lee Johnson, Jr.

January 01, 1982 ‒ April 08, 2020

Prospect, Ohio

Ronald “Ron” Lee Johnson, Jr., age 38 of Prospect, passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 after a hard fought and courageous battle with ALS.

Ron was born January 1, 1982 in Marion, the son of Ronald Lee and Debra Lynn (Lyons) Johnson, Sr. Ron was a 2000 graduate of Pleasant High School.

Ron worked at Marion General Hospital and most recently Dublin Methodist Hospital serving as a Nurse Technician. He was loved and respected by EVERYONE that worked at those hospitals and he loved them back just as much. Dublin Methodist will always hold a special place in the family’s heart.

On July 10, 2004, Ron was united to the love of his life, Lauren Michelle Herriott. The couple made their home in Prospect, raising their 2 sons.

Ron was a force of nature, a larger than life man that brought joy to everyone who knew him. When he entered a room everyone naturally gravitated towards him. He was a masterful storyteller and never ran short of a story to share. His sense of humor was one of a kind and his infectious laugh drew you in. Ron knew everyone! A quick trip was never really a quick trip, because when people found out Ron was around everyone one wanted to see and talk with him.

Serving other’s needs is what gave Ron purpose and filled his spirit. He loved hard and cared deeply. When someone was in need, Ron was there. He loved his community as well and did whatever he could to give back. He adored all his “kids” which he coached and he inspired them to play as a team. Win or lose, Ron was always proud of his boys. You always knew when Ron was coaching because you could hear his booming voice wherever you were. He was an avid bowler, and has bowled 3 perfect games. Ron enjoyed the outdoors, especially when that meant that he was able to hunt. It didn’t matter if it was deer, pheasant, turkey, or anything else; if he was hunting he was happy. Cooking was also a gift that Ron shared with others. In his desire to serve others, this was a great way for Ron to care for others. Ron’s proudest achievement was his family. He never took them for granted and always made a point to thank them for brightening his day with a visit, a phone call, a text, or a good joke. Ron leaves behind an incredible legacy of love, faithfulness and a deep and abiding love of everyone he cared deeply for.

He will forever be loved by his beloved wife, Lauren Johnson; his sons, Brody and Parker Johnson; his mother and her fiancé Debra Johnson and Dale Loyer; parent-in-laws: Lonn and Karen Herriott; sister, Crystal (Matthew) Thompson and their children: Katelynn and Alyssa Thompson; sisters-in-law: Mollie (Joel) Gent and their children: Joel III, Jaxon and Jude Gent and Jodie (fiancé Tyler Hall) Gipson and her child, Rylee Gipson and also surviving are a host of family and friends.

Ron is preceded in death by his father, Ronald Lee Johnson, Sr.

Private funeral services will be held for his family, including burial in Prospect Cemetery officiated by Pastor Josh Freshour. Funeral services will live stream on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Family and friends may join through the Snyder Funeral Home Facebook page at 11AM https://www.facebook.com/DenzerChapelSFH/

Due to the unfortunate circumstances from COVID19, we are unable to host Ron’s friends at the funeral.  You are, however, encouraged to line the roadways from Green Camp to the Prospect Cemetery while the funeral procession makes its way to Ron’s final resting place.  His family will be there to acknowledge you and know your thoughts and sympathies are with them during this time of mourning.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ron’s family to honor his memory.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Johnson family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • I had the pleasure of working with and knowing Ron. He was a true jewel in life. He enjoyed life and made all enjoy life with him. It is a sad day without him. He will truly be missed but never forgotten

  • To the entire Johnson family,
    I had the pleasure of meeting Ron and his family through his special cousin, Nichole Gray Starling. We had many good time at our campers. Ron was always telling jokes, singing and sitting around the campfire. He was a very special young man who deserved much more out of life. Sending my deepest sympathy to his entire family.
    Rich and Becky Starling

  • I didn’t know Ron but my 4th grade grandson played football fo Elgin. He was always out there on the field. He showed such courage and dedication! Lauren, you and your family have my sincere sympathy.
    Linda Van Dyck💖🙏

  • My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family…I met Ron through my daughter Neysa and my grandsons Jackson,Jayse, and Anderson.. his laughter and voice was so contagious and his love and encouragement for the players even when it wasn’t his team. He will be missed by so many but he left so much love and memories for so many people

  • I knew Ron at Dublin. He was the most caring person I knew. He was always quick with a smile, a joke and a hug. Heaven has gotten a wonderful angel in their midst now.

  • I didn’t know Ron very long. We’ve been in prospect for 4 years now but he welcomed us with open arms. Shared many hunts with him. He was a great man. Full of humor. He will greatly be missed.
    With love
    Matthew and Jessica Long

  • I’m such a fan of Ron’s family! Although I didn’t “know” Ron I knew of him and I do know Lauren and the boys. No one has a family like this without much love, care, and passion for his family. You will be missed Ron; we will all take care of your boys and help Lauren along the way! The Ute Family

  • I worked with Ron at MGH 2007-2009, and he was a JOY Bomb! Everywhere you went within that ER you could hear him and see people’s love for him! One thing that sticks in my mind about Ron, was how accepted I felt by him. He always made me personally feel special. I think everyone can say that about him though, and that’s a gift from God!
    Lauren, I’m so so deeply sorry! I didn’t know about Ron so I was shocked to see this. However, I did know how much he Loved and Adored You!! I remember when I first met you up in L&D and thinking you were so Blessed! The legacy your husband leaves is truly incredible! I’m praying for you and your boys!!!

  • i will never forget his loud voice cheering me on with everything i did. ron was one of the greats, he always inspired me to do better. it was an honor to call him my uncle. although we aren’t blood, he was here since i was so young. i’ll never forget all the parties, softball, and baseball games. you will never be forgotten!! fly high ❤️.

  • We’re so sorry that Bubby is not here anymore. My heart is aching. I always said he was so much like his father. We will miss his love.
    Lauren and Brody and Parker; please know that we love you and we are here for you all. Prayers for comfort . I am praying hugs for you all.
    We love you.

  • There are no words to convey the sadness Ron’s diagnosis and loss has brought to our hearts. Know you are surrounded by prayers and love although we cannot physically be with you.
    Ron was a giant of a man. The best of the best. Love, strength, and resilience emanated from him, and if you were anywhere in his vicinity you felt it. The outpourings of love expressed from all corners of his world are a testament to that fact and is his enduring legacy. We celebrate his life and his boundless love knowing that in return we grieve because he has left a hole that will forever be felt. He loved his family and friends especially – of that he left no doubt. I firmly believe that he and Dad are now reunited and will be keeping close watch over each of you. We love you guys. So much.
    Ron, rest easy bud.

  • Ron was a wonderful man and a great friend. He made bowling nights so much fun. He’ll be missed and never forgotten.

  • Lauren is my cousin’s daughter and we have been fortunate to know Ron through his marriage to her. We are glad that they spent time in Florida last summer and we were able to visit with them. We are praying for this family and extending our love to you. Lauren I know that your boys will be a blessing to you through this hard time and am glad you have them they are sweet boys. Know that our thoughts are with you and our home is always open to you and the boys to visit us.
    Much Love,
    Lori and Daryl Gorenflo

  • I worked with Ron at Dublin Methodist Hospital. What was written for him above couldn’t be anymore accurate and descriptive of him. He was always so pleasant to be around , he was never in a bad mood, and he always had a smile on his face. He would talk passionately to me about his family, coaching, sports, and hunting . Ron was definitely a reminder of what more people should be like on this earth . He was humble, happy, and kind. He treated his patients with
    such care and compassion. I could feel Ron’s absence in the pre-operative area (where I would always see him) shortly after he stopped coming into work. I will always remember Ron and be inspired to be as kind and loving as he was to everyone . My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends who are grieving during this hard time . May his memory be eternal.

  • I went to school with Ron and worked with Ron he was always a joy. He loved to make people laugh and to lend a helping hand.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you !
    Ron was a man you only come across once in a lifetime, and we are all better people by having known him.
    Rest with the Lord, Ron……eternal peace and happiness.

  • Ron was always so wonderful to be around at Dublin Methodist where we worked together. He brightened my day with his smile, humor and stories about his beloved sons. There was never a day, even when he began to not feel strong that he didn’t want to give all that he could to everyone around him. Ron and his humble, loving nature will never be forgotten.
    With deep sympathy to Lauren, Brody, Parker and Family.

  • We are so incredibly sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    -Mike and Jennifer Thomoson

  • There are no words to express how sorry we are for all of you. It is truly an honor to be your friends. You are an amazing family and Ron had an electric smile! We love all if you!!!!
    David and Lisa Swart and family!

  • I worked with Ron at Dublin Methodist Hospital. He was such a kind man, a proud father, and a great human being! My deepest sympathy to his wife and sons-he was so proud of them! His whole face lit up when he was talking about fishing with his boys, or coaching them.

  • God bless Ron. I am very saddened to hear of his passing and will remember him fondly. He was a delightful little boy when I first met him, and he grew up to be a delightful young man. My heartfelt condolences to his family.

  • Deb, Crystal and family, I am so sorry to learn of Ron’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Hugs from a distance to you all.

  • Though I did not know Ron himself, I do know his Mother Deb and knowing her he had to be a beautiful soul. Wish there was something I could say other than my heart is with you and your family Deb along with heartfelt prayers.

  • Ron was such a caring and loving man and he had so much compassion in his heart. He will forever be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family n his beautiful boys. May he now go at ease and be at peace and be a guardian angel to those lives he touched near or far

  • I had the honor of working with Ron at Dublin. I honestly don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face. He was beloved by our entire Surgical Department, and his name will be on our lips for many, many years to come!! Because, we all have our own Ron stories to share and hopefully comfort each other with. My deepest condolences for Lauren, Brody and Parker, the center of his universe. Prayers for their spiritual strength and healing.

  • I had the tremendous pleasure of working with Ron at DMH and becoming his friend along the way. It was so easy becoming his friend with his sense of humor, huge heart, and yes, his cooking. He was the guy who would do anything for you – from a simple hug to chopping up apple wood on a Saturday. He had this saying, “you can’t hurt steele.” Well, this horrible disease may have ended his life but his memory will never fade.

  • We are so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Prayers and hugs to you all. Our thoughts are with you.

  • I knew Ron when we both worked at DMH. Ron was so kind and welcoming and always had a smile on his face. He always had a way of brightening your day. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Lauren, I am so sorry to hear about Ron. Please know you and your kids are in my prayers. God bless, Lisa Hedrick.

  • May your precious memories give you comfort in the days ahead. Praying for strength for you all. I’m so sorry .
    Cathy Copeland

  • I’ve known Ron for many years from the ball fields. I love watching my kids play baseball but loved even more when they were up against one of Rons team. I’m blessed to have witnessed this man take the definition of coach to a whole new level. I know he changed the way I watch a ball game and I’m sure he impacted many others. His encouragement to ALL the kids on the field no matter what jersey they were wearing was priceless. His infectious laughter and commanding voice will be missed but never forgotten. My condolences and prayers to his family. May you find comfort knowing Ron left a lasting impression on so many.

  • Lauren, Brody, and Parker. We are sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you . Drove by your house about a month ago and saw Ron sitting on the porch. What a joy it was to watch him and our boys play softball! May wonderful memories and God sustain you in the days ahead🙏

  • Ron you made me laugh every time we talked and with that You made me never forget you even with it being 8 years since we worked together , Rest In Peace Brother

  • I knew Ron from coming in to get his eyes examined! One of my favorite patients! WE love his whole family, He grew into a fine young man with a beautiful family of his own. My heart breaks for the entire family . You are all in my prayers at this very difficult time . I will miss that huge smile .

  • Ron was a good friend and co worker of mine. When I first started at Dublin Methodist hospital we became friends from day 1 that I met him. We talked about Hunting,fishing,family,cooking, and anything you can imagine Ron had a story. Ron was passionate about the outdoors and he loved taking people hunting. I had never Duck or dove hunted until I met him. Ron loved to cook and he sure knew how to make chili and pulled pork. I’ll always remember him. So many memories. So many people influenced by this Amazing man. My heart goes out to the Johnson family.

  • Dear Johnson Family,
    I have had the fortune of knowing so many of you. While I may not have known Ron well, I have had all of you touch my life. Deb…I will never forget how you treated my daughter Ashleigh while she was at Pleasant and how I always get secure in knowing that you were looking out for her. Crystal…I remember bonding over the loss of our dads and working beside you. Lauren, you were one of the first nurses that I worked with when I was starting my career. Mollie…I remember working side by side with you as well. I will never forget Ron’s smile from when he worked at MGH. I can’t remember a time that my heart hurt so much for someone else. I have cried many times in the last few days, not for myself of course, but for all of you. I can’t fathom the loss of my dad at the boys age, the loss of my husband, my son, my brother. Ron was a warrior and so are all of you. Forever in my heat and prayers.

  • Im so sorry to hear this Lauren! If u need anything at all ,you and the kids are very loved and will have all the help you can imagine! Thinking of u all during this hard time. I never got to meet Ron but from what I read and see he’s one hell of a man!

    Xoxo,
    Lindy & Dustin Conner

  • Dear Johnson family ,

    A hospital is just a building until you add the heart. Ron had the biggest heart for his patients and colleagues. Ron was my morning smile as we fired up the pre op area at Dublin Methodist where his infectious energy and kind nature brought us together as a team.

    Ron , you made us all better people and caregivers. Thank you for serving so selflessly.

    We will all miss you

    Greg