Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Obituary: Ralph L. Johnson, 73, Bolivar

BOLIVAR, NY---Ralph L. Johnson, 73, of Bolivar, NY, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Monday, February 22, 2016.     Born on November 5, 1942 in Rochester, PA, he was a son of Leonard B. and Elizabeth R. Poore Johnson.  On April 3, 2007 in Heritage AFlame Ministries, Bolivar, he married Joyce L. Stone, who survives.
Ralph was a graduate of Aliquippa High School in Aliquippa and a graduate of Geneva College in Geneva, PA with a Bachelor’s degree in business.  
Ralph was employed as a supervisor for J & L Steel in Aliquippa.  He was the former owner of the Evergreen Golf Course in Bolivar.  He was employed as a real estate agent for Pepper and Crandall Real Estate in Olean, having retired three years ago.
He was a member of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M. in Shinglehouse, PA and a member of the Coudersport (PA) Consistory.  Ralph was an avid golfer, hunter, fisherman, and bowler.  In his younger years, Ralph was a pitcher for a minor league baseball team.  His greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren and great-granddaughter.
Surviving besides his wife are a son, Lee S. Johnson of Shinglehouse; a daughter, Lynne S. (John) Hawk of Monaca; two grandsons, Ryan S. Johnson of Shinglehouse and Kevin S. Hawk of Monaca; a granddaughter, Kassi Hawk of Monaca; a great-granddaughter, Ryleigh Jane Hawk; two step-daughters, Tiffany N. Linn of Cuba and Amanda J. (Stewart) Fuller of Bolivar; five step-grandchildren, Sydney, Alexander, Harlen, Elizabeth, and Wells; and a niece.
In addition to his parents, Ralph was predeceased by a sister, Virginia Cozzacoli.
In keeping with Ralph’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bolivar Volunteer Ambulance Company, 460 Main Street, Bolivar, NY 14715 or to the Richburg Ambulance Association, 277 Main Street, Richburg, NY 14774.
Ralph’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.