Ruth M. Johnson, 95, died on June 3, 2021 in Lincoln Nebraska.
She was born April 13, 1926, in Sturgis, SD, the daughter of Anne and Earl Smith.
She graduated from High School in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. While in Belle Fourche she played in the cowboy marching band and drove air mail between Belle Fourche and Rapid City.
Ruth came to Nebraska to attend the University of Nebraska and played in the marching band here during World War II. She met her husband while attending the university and graduated with a degree in bacteriology.
Ruth and Ralph lived in the Hartley neighborhood for over 60 years and raised a family of seven children here. Both Ruth and Ralph were a founding member of the Hartley Neighborhood Association, which became a model for organizing other neighborhoods. Ruth was also active in the Hartley School PTA, was a volunteer at the school library and led or assisted with many girl scout, campfire and 4-H groups.
Ruth and Ralph were active for many years in the Nebraska Democratic Party and served on the Nebraska Democratic central committee, and were awarded the the Patriot’s award. Ruth also served on advisory boards for Lincoln’s mayors. Ruth and Ralph both recognized that people in Nebraska needed high quality and affordable continuing education as well as training to support the trade and service industries. To help achieve that goal, Ruth served on the Southeast Community College Board of Directors from 1989 until she turned 90 in 2016.
Family Information: Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Ralph D. Johnson and her son Christopher Johnson of Hastings. She is survived by children: Penny McCord of Lincoln, Kathryn Kennedy of Albuquerque, NM, Ralph D. Johnson Jr. of Palmyra, Heidi Gasperlin of St. Paul, MN, Kim Johnson of Lincoln, and Jennifer Johnson of Lincoln, NE, and many treasured grandchildren. great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Graveside services will be on June 12th at 1:00 p.m. at Wyuka cemetery in the new Soldier’s Circle.
To view a video on Ruth’s life go to this website.
Memorials to assist with additional support for educational opportunities are welcome:
Checks payable to Southeast Community College Educational Foundation with a note in memo or attached note that this is for the Ruth Johnson Memorial fund and mail to:
Southeast Community College Educational Foundation
301 S. 68th Street Place
Lincoln, NE 68510
Select “Scholarship Fund”
Enter “Ruth Johnson Memorial” in the field labeled ‘Specify’
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