Ronald Walter Johnson

October 06, 1930 ‒ April 15, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

Ronald Walter Johnson, 87, of Delaware passed away Sunday evening, April 15, 2018 at Willowbrook at Delaware Run.

He was born October 6, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois to the late John and Sigrid (Swanson) Johnson and later graduated from Schurz High School in Chicago in 1948.

Ronald proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy, retiring after 22 years. He later sold insurance for the Independent Order of Foresters and spent 6 years as a mail carrier for the Powell Post Office.

A member of the Liberty Presbyterian Church, he also enjoyed his membership in the Scandinavian Club, where he was a member of the Folk Dance Group. An avid golfer and great bowler, he won several trophies in both over the years.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 36 years, Norma Jean (Swift); sons, John (Vincile) James of New Concord, Aaron (Gwen) James of Ashley, Owen James of Marengo, and Joel James of Delaware; daughter, Jodie Hatchett of New Jersey; step-daughter, Dawn (Emery) West of Warner Robbins, Georgia; numerous grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Ronald was preceded in death by his daughter Darlene Hook and his brother Gary Johnson.

Celebration of life services will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11:00 am at Liberty Presbyterian Church, 7080 Olentangy River Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015 with Pastor John Hart officiating. A luncheon will follow the service.

Contributions in Ronald’s memory may be made to the Liberty Presbyterian Church.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve this veteran and his family.

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  • I enjoyed Ron so much at Willowbrook and he will never be forgotten . Prayers for the family and friends

  • Dear Norma and Family, Condolences on your loss of Ron. We remember fondly the help he gave to the Scandinavian Club. Love to you all. Terry and Sharon Carlson

  • Dear Norma and family,

    We are so saddened to hear about your loss. We have the fondest memories of Ron from the dance group, Scandinavian Club and of course the International Festival.

    Our deepest sympathies.

    Ed and Grete Kidwell