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Information for Dr. Ray A. Johnson

6 September, 1898 - 30 January, 1986

From The Idaho Press-Tribune

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Ray Johnson

    Funeral services for Dr. Ray A. Johnson, 87, of Nampa, who died Thursday, Jan. 30, at home, will be conducted at 11 am. Monday at the Alsip Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Joseph Housh, pastor of the Nampa First United Methodist Church, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Clare Willcuts, chaplain of Sunnyridge Manor.  Chapel rites will follow in the Building of Reverence at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
    Mr. Johnson, a retired dentist, was born Sept. 6, 1898, in Council Bluffs. Iowa, to Archie C. and Effie May Johnson.  He was the eldest of three children, a brother, Earl, and a sister, Ferne.  The family farmed in Iowa until moving to Idaho in 1907, where they homesteaded a farm in the Sunny Slope area.  He graduated from Caldwell High School in 1917.  He then attended the University of Idaho and while there was inducted into the Army Officer's Training Unit with which he was involved for a short time.  He then returned to Caldwell and attended the College of Idaho before going on to Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., where he graduated in 1924 with a D.D.S. degree.  He married Iverna Brown on July 27, 1923, at Caldwell.  After his graduation in 1924, he and his wife made their home in Nampa, where he practiced dentistry until his retirement in 1967.  He was an active member of the Nampa United First Methodist Church, the state Dental Association, where he served as president one year and as secretary for 10 years, and the Nampa Kiwanis Club, where he served as president and also held a record for 55 years of perfect attendance.  He was also a member and past master of the Nampa Masonic Lodge #29 A.F. and A.M.
    He is survived by his wife, of Nampa: a son, Dale Johnson of Portland. Ore.; a sister, Mrs. Ferne Halliday of Nampa: three grandsons, Stephen and Larry Johnson of Eugene, Ore., and Brett Johnson of Portland; a granddaughter, Arleigh Santoro of Portland; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

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