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The Best Damn Band In The Land - The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni

Ramon Edward Johnson

February 27, 1933 - April 30, 2017

Ramon E. Johnson, 84, of Estero, Florida, passed away peacefully at Hope Hospice on Sunday April 30, 2017. He was born on February 27, 1933 in Findlay, Ohio, a son of the late Homer F. Johnson and Dorothy Stanley Johnson.

Ramon graduated from The Ohio State University dental school and practiced many years in Urbana, Ohio. He was a member of Urbana United Methodist Church and a longtime Rotarian. He did mission work in Jamaica, Haiti, Mexico and India. He loved to travel the world, play golf as much as possible and was an avid gardener as well as a big Ohio State fan.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Johanna, and his children Christine Ann (Robert) Harmison, Randall (Carole) Johnson, Paula (Michael) Kertes, all of Ohio, and Brian (Kristin) Johnson of South Carolina. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Karen Combs.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 am on Monday, May 8, 2017 at Urbana United Methodist Church, followed by a memorial service at 11 am, with the Reverend Jim Lillibridge officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to ALS at National Headquarters, 1275 K Street NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20005 or webdc.alsa.org for national research or the Wherehouse, an outreach food pantry with the Urbana United Methodist Church.

Ramon was a member of the marching band in 1952. He played alto horn.

A remembrance by Jan Ebert (Secretary/Librarian 1954-56):

Ray was one of the most enthusiastic OSU Marching Band members that I ever knew --and that says a lot! He loved OSU, the band, and his fellow band members. In later years, he participated in band reunions, and whenever he could, he loved singing the Alma Mater. When I directed, I could always count on him singing the [alto horn] passing tone.

Sadly, Ray developed Lou Gehrig's Disease, ALS, and had a long and difficult wait for death.

Ramon and Johanna (his wife Jodi) lived in Urbana, Ohio, until recent years when they moved to Florida.

A funny note, Ray was our family dentist. For years my sons had no idea they went to see him for their teeth. They thought they went to his office to sing Ohio State Fight Songs!