Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1941

Alvin Johnson ALVIN WILLIS "JOHNNIE" JOHNSON, 93, passed away on February 10, 2018 in Dalhart, TX, with burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger, TX, with Military Honors. His life began May 28, 1924, the third child of Robert E. and Mary Gould Johnson, of Ranger, TX. He enjoyed almost 94 years with family and a vast array of friends across the southwest and elsewhere. Alvin rose to heaven to join the love of his life, Zelda. Together they celebrated 48 years of wedded bliss, continuous adventures, & countless journeys through life before her early departure. Their union was strengthened with two sons, Gary & Sid. Upon his arrival into this world family members witnessing & assisting his birth jokingly exclaimed that Alvin was a Big Boy, a moniker used by close family throughout his life. He attended Cooper School & graduated from Ranger High School in the Class of 1941 at Ranger, TX. In high school, he a cheerleader & Senior Most Popular. Alvin served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1942-1946 on a destroyer as a Gunner Mate First Class. After his military stint he attended and graduated Baylor University. The man NEVER met a stranger! Through his employment with Amoco Oil for 33 years, travel took him and his family many places extending their friendship everywhere. The Terlingua Chili cook-off was a favorite annual ritual for years. Hunting and fishing were high on Johnnie's 'to do often' list as well as visiting his siblings and other family in Alaska, Arizona, or wherever. Upon retirement in 1983 he and Zelda kept busy. After losing her in 1996, Johnnie moved from Gilmer to Matagorda where the Jurek clan adopted him. Many days over many years he fished the mid-Texas coast and hunted South Texas. Perhaps his only regret in life was never successfully harvesting a spring gobbler as 'long beard fever' got him every time! He so enjoyed deer camp camaraderie, fireside story- telling, Miller High Life, and a good toddy. Johnnie will be greatly missed by many. He had a special knack for giving directions anywhere across Texas and New Mexico without ever getting on an Interstate highway. He was admonished often for always carrying a spoon in his ever-present bib overalls 'just in case he needed to taste something' if offered the chance. He had a sweet tooth! Preceded in death by his parents, beloved Zelda, sister Mary Frances Johnson Eaton (RHS-1939), brother Robert Johnson (RHS-1937), many close friends including Anthony "Tony" Jurek and Wayne Miles, Johnnie leaves behind sons Gary and wife Barb, and Sid and wife Linda, 4 grandchildren, Stephanie Johnson of Craig, Co, Bradley Johnson & wife, Melody of Gilmer, TX, Ben Pigman & wife, Keylia of Amarillo, TX and Blake Fisher & wife, Stephanie of Eureka, MI as well as 12 great- grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and special cousins Jack and Johnice Anderson.