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E. Ray Johnson, 76

Enard Ray Johnson, age 76, of Plymouth, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Methodist Hospital.

Ray manifested Lupus eight years ago, and this past fall, was hospitalized with low platelets. Subsequently, it was discovered that he had a heart condition, a blood clot, an abscessed gall bladder, a viral infection, and a bacterial staph infection. Ray suffered for many weeks, won the final victory, and is with the Lord.

He was born Feb. 19, 1936, with twin sister Shirley Mae, in Kingston, to parents Ellen (Lankki) and Enard Johnson.

Ray graduated from Litchfield High School in 1954, and served in the US Army.

After Ray graduated from St. Cloud State College, he taught industrial arts in outstate Minnesota and Minneapolis public schools for a total of 32 years.

Ray was a lifetime member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church. He served in many capacities in the church throughout his life including serving as the chairman of the Apostolic Lutheran Church North for 27 years.

Ray married Bonnie (Anderson) June 9, 1962, and was proud to have celebrated 50 years together recently with their children and grandchildren.

Ray was a Christian and walked by faith daily. He was a tender-hearted man of integrity, who always had a kind word for everyone. A quality craftsman, he was committed to always doing the best work possible.

Ray was a teacher and an encourager to many, but especially to his children and grandchildren; and as a loving husband, he worked continually to come together with Bonnie in marriage.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; four children: Eric Johnson of California, Kristi (David) Myllymaki of Washington, Staci (Paul) Long, and Jeni Johnson, all of Minnesota; six grandchildren: Henry and Greta Long, and Becca, Brooke, Luke and Brinna Myllymaki; his sister, Shirley Watson of Minnesota; a brother, Rod (Dolly) Johnson of Michigan; and an aunt, Adelyne Lankki of Cokato.

Funeral services took place Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Plymouth, followed by interment at Kingston Apostolic Lutheran Church cemetery.

Visitation was Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the Gearty Delmore Funeral Chapel in Plymouth, which handled the arrangements.