Raymond L. Johnson
Date of Birth
June 22, 1928
Tecumseh, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
March 10, 2017
Ashland, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Monday, March 13, 2017 ~ 10:30 a.m.
United Methodist Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Interment at Ashland Cemetery ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Sunday, March 12, 2017 ~ 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Marcy Chapel ~ Ashland, Nebraska


Alzheimer’s Association or United Methodist Church, Ashland, Nebraska

Raymond L. Johnson, 88, of Ashland, NE, passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017 in Ashland, NE.  He was born June 22, 1928 in Tecumseh, NE.  The oldest son of Leonard and Leila (DeWeese) Johnson graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1946.  During his school years he was active in football, basketball, and musical performances.

Ray joined Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph Company prior to his senior year in high school.  He worked for LT&T in the morning and participated in school sports in the afternoon.

In 1946, he met the love of his life and on June 19, 1948 he married Beverly Waymire at the Methodist Church in Sterling, NE.  They became the parents of two daughters and two sons.

In 1953, Ray became the youngest exchange manager for LT&T in Cook, NE and his lifetime career began.  Ray went on to manage offices in Friend and Ashland.  In 1972, Ray was assigned an area manager position in Wahoo where he retired in 1990 with 45 years of employment.

Ray was an active member of any community in which he lived.  He was a member of the Rotary, Lions Club, Worshipful Master of Masons, Eastern Star Patron, and a longtime coach of boys baseball.  His hobbies included a love of sports and outdoors, where he hunted, fished, bowled, and golfed.  Ray was known throughout southeastern Nebraska as an outstanding fast-pitch softball pitcher.  Ray and his wife Beverly spent endless hours attending sporting events of their grandchildren and children in their communities of Wahoo and Ashland.  Raymond was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church through their married life of 68 years together.

His family remained his strongest love as he enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Creating memories with his hands and wood became his passion, as he made countless pieces of woodworking art.

Ray is survived by his wife Beverly Johnson; children: Penny (Jim) Korth of Omaha, Patti (Gerry) Schofield of Ashland, and David (Nola) Johnson of Lincoln; grandchildren: Angie (Steve) Caniglia, Ryan (Jodi) Johnson, Jerod Johnson, Linda (Ron) Finlan, and Andrea Korth all of Omaha, Bob (Camee) Schofield, Biff Schofield, and Suzi Schofield all of Ashland, Heather (Tony) Elia and Cortney Collins of Omaha, Angie (Jeff) Wusk and Brooke (Ricky) Johnson of Lincoln, Travis Johnson of Mitchell, SD; 39 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Ray was preceded in death by his son Allen; granddaughter Brianna; sister Locada “Katie” Bruce; brothers Darrell “Wimp” and Verne.

Condolences for Raymond L. Johnson
  1. Rhonda
    • March 10, 2017 - 6 years ago

    So sorry to hear of Rays passing. Such a wonderful man. Sending prayers to the family. Sincerely Rhonda & Bert Biede.

  2. Will and Dee Bishop
    • March 11, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

  3. Gary and Susan McGrath
    • March 11, 2017 - 6 years ago

    So very sad, we were neighbors for years in Wahoo. I feel like he was family. Sending loving thoughts and hugs to Bev and the family,
    Gary & Susan McGrath

  4. Dottie Heusman
    • March 11, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Patti and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Ray was such a great guy. Always friendly and always knew everyone that he met. My deepest sympathies and prayers.

  5. Danette Johnson Oakley
    • March 11, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Aunt Bev and family, I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Rammy’s passing. He was such a wonderful and funny man. I will always have great memories of him. You are in my prayers.

  6. Denise Gregory
    • March 11, 2017 - 6 years ago

    As a kid I always loved going to visit “MY” Uncle Rammy and his family. Fun would be had by all. Those feelings didn’t change as an adult. Last summer going to Nebr. to a Johnson family reunion made me feel like I was 10 again. With a wonderful sparkle in his eyes, Uncle Rammy was funny, silly, and a bit mischievous, which I loved! I am sorry I will be unable to attend the funeral. Aunt Beverly, Penny, Patti and David (Davey) my thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless all of you. Love, Denise

  7. Karen Brinker
    • March 11, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Our deepest heartfelt sympathies to all the family.Ray was a main fixture in our family, of course back to when I was born, and always there as I grew older. He was a very special man, and good friend to my family. He will be missed very much.

  8. • March 11, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Bev and Family: So sorry to read about Ray’s passing. You and Ray have been blessings to all who knew you, and I’m so glad for our time in Wahoo and good times at UMC. His energy and fun and kindness were just a big support to all in Wahoo.

    We will think of you in the days to come, and believe your faith and memories can bring love and support to all of you.
    Karen and Dave McWilliams

  9. Rhonda Ford
    • March 11, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Thoughts & prayers to your family

  10. Margaret Holscher
    • March 11, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Bev and Family:
    So sorry to hear of Ray,s passing! My Deepest Sympathy to You and Your family!!! Margareta

  11. Peg Woita
    • March 11, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Bev, so sorry to see that Ray had passed. The 13 years Nick and I lived by you on Oak St. were good years. We had the best neighbors up there and you both were part of that. The last few years I would end up sitting by you at funeral dinners so we could visit. Each funeral became harder on Ray. Have an appointment in Omaha Monday so plan on coming tomorrow if the weather is good. My prayers are with you.

  12. Dana Johnson
    • March 12, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Aunt Bev, Penny, Patty, David and family, so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. I have so many fond memories of Uncle Ray while growing up. His sense of humor, jovial spirit and the sparkle in his eyes was second to none. Visiting with your family was a childhood highlight during our periodic trips to Nebraska. With condolences and deepest sympathy, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Dana

  13. Dolores Johnson
    • March 13, 2017 - 6 years ago

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family. sorry I didnt make it to the funeral but will always remember the goods time we had together and especially the last visit I had with him last summer

  14. DiAnna Johnson Hatleli
    • March 13, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Aunt Bev,Penny, Patty, David I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a wonderful uncle. He could tell the best stories and had a beautiful singing voice. Even though I didn’t see him much as I got older (it was strange he never seemed older)I will miss him. Love all of you and I am thinking of you

  15. Ron & Marilyn Oswald
    • March 13, 2017 - 6 years ago

    So sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Although I did not know him, I knew his two sons Dave and Al and if he was like them, he was a great person.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  16. Mike and Gayleed Eden
    • March 14, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Hi Bev: So sorry to hear of Rays passing, he was always such a upbeat person and will be greatly missed. I was mailing a cd but no address. Eldon Dieckgrafe told me sunday he was going and wondered if he made it as they talked of ice.

  17. Gene & Mary Roncka
    • March 14, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Our sincere condolences to you Beverly and your family . Our deepest sympathy and our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  18. Mick and Kathy Anderson
    • March 16, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Bev – Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Ray was a great fan and even better person. He was genuine; kind and generous; and good-humored. He will be missed!

  19. • March 25, 2017 - 6 years ago

    To Bev, Penny, Patti & David,
    So sorry for your lose of Ray. He was quite the guy. Always
    had a smile on his face. May God be with you all during this time. My prayers go out to you.

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