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Airman Recruit Ronald John Johnson
U. S. Navy

January 31, 1944 - March 5, 1962

Roselawn Memorial Park
Van Vleck, Texas

Gold Star Mother
Ethel (Evans) Johnson

Airman Recruit Ronald John Johnson [January 31, 1944 - March 5, 1962] United States Navy, was born to Charles (NMN) Johnson [January 19, 1893 - May 2, 1987] and Ethel (Evans) Johnson [October 1, 1904 - September 12, 1970] in New York State.  He was an only child.  It is unknown where Ronald attended school, but when he joined the Navy  c1987,  his family was living in Bay City, Texas.  He was involved  in a motorcycle accident on the Ensenada-Tijuana highway in Baja, Mexico and was hospitalized at the Ensenada Hospital, where he passed away.  His remains were transferred to San Diego, California and returned to Bay City for burial on March 10, 1962 at Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas.  At the time of his death his family was living in Bay City.  He was survived by his parents.

Rites Pending For Bay City Airman Killed in Mexico

Services are pending for an 18-year-old Bay City youth, Ronald John Johnson, an airman recruit attached to the Naval Air Station at San Diego.

Johnson, whose parents are Mr. And Mrs. Charles Johnson of 2001 Lewis [Lois] Street, was fatally injured Monday in a motorcycle accident, while traveling on the Ensenada-Tijuana highway in Mexico. 

The youth was hospitalized at Ensenada Hospital, and was taken after death to San Diego to await burial instructions from his parents.

Arrangements are pending at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, where the body will be brought.  Johnson was a member of the Catholic Church.

The Daily Tribune, March 8, 1962


Johnson Services Set For Saturday

Services for Ronald John Johnson, 18-year-old naval recruit who was killed in a motorcycle accident in Mexico, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Father J.P. Shannon officiating at the Mass.

Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park.

The youth is survived by his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Charles Johnson of 2001 Lewis [Lois] Street.

The Daily Tribune, March 9, 1962


Ethel Johnson

JOHNSON, Mrs. Ethel, a resident of Bay City, passed away September 12 in Matagorda General Hospital, at age 65.  She is survived by her husband, Charlie Johnson and one sister.  Services will be held at Taylor Brothers Chapel, September 16, at 2:00 p.m.  Reverend Conrad Winborn will officiate and interment will be in Roselawn Memorial Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be: Wayland Midgett, Willie Svetlik, Ray Svetlik, Arnold Rodriguez, J.M. Morgan and Abb Plant.

The Daily Tribune, September 16, 1970


Charles Johnson


Funeral services for Charles Johnson, 95, of Palacios will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. W.E. Dugger, Jr. Officiating.  Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck.


Mr. Johnson was born Jan 19, 1892*, in Wynette, Ill., to Peter C. And Hattie Roberts Johnson and died May 2, 1987, at Leisure Lodge Nursing Home, Palacios.


He was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Methodist church.


Survivors include a sister, Lucille Jones of Knightstown, Ind.


Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.


The Daily Tribune Monday, May 4, 1987


* Social Security Death Report and VA papers give Mr. Johnsons year of birth as 1893.



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