Bennie Ross Johnson
August 29, 1930 – January 27, 2020
Bennie Ross Johnson August 29, 1930 – January 27, 2020
Resident of Fountain, Colorado. Bennie passed away after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's on January 27, 2020, at the age of 89, with his family by his side. He was the devoted husband of 50 years to Jacque Sue Johnson, who he lovingly cared for until her passing in September of 2002. He is survived by his children; Debbie (Terry) Cooper, Connie (Howard) Smith, Mitch (Peggy) Johnson, Belinda (Les) Saylor and Cheryl Fuino.
Bennie was born August 29, 1930 in Huntington, Arkansas, to George Albert Johnson and Ruby Mae Johnson. He grew up in Waldron, Arkansas, where he met the love of his life Jacque, while she was selling tickets at the local movie theater. He graduated from Waldron High School and enlisted in the United States Army on July 1949. After returning from Korea he married Jacque Sue Gateley on May 2, 1952.
If you knew Ben, you knew his keen wit and out going personality. The engagement story he told his children and grandchildren was “We were fishing, and the fish weren’t biting so he said let’s go get hitched”.
Bennie served twenty-two years with distinction as an SFC in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his dedication and bravery. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Army never left him, as friends and family will attest. After his retirement, he went on to serve an additional 22 years in the U.S. postal service.
Ben’s passions were his 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; Travis Cooper, Tera (Matt) Moss, Craig (Tammy) Smith, Christopher Saylor, Brandon (Sherelle) Johnson, Melissa (Joe) Miller, Matthew Fuino, Bret Johnson, Lauren Fuino and Tyler Fuino; Great Grandchildren, Kai Barley, Chole Cooper, Tristan Barley, Scarlet Cooper and Harper Johnson.
Bens’ hobbies included fishing and bowling. Other passions included writing poetry, art, history and guitar. He was also a die hard Trojan and Bronco fan.
Friends and family are invited to a visitation, Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with funeral services to follow at 11:00 a.m. at Dove Witt Family Mortuary, 6630 S. US HWY 85/87, Fountain, CO. 80817. Ben will be laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery, Fountain, CO.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bennie’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association-Colorado Springs.
- Debbie Cooper (Terry), Daughter
- Connie Smith (Howard), Daughter
- Mitch Johnson (Peggy), Son
- Belinda Saylor (Les), Daughter
- Cheryl Fuino, Daughter
- Jacque Johnson, Wife (deceased)
Benis also survived by his
10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; Travis Cooper, Tera (Matt) Moss, Craig (Tammy) Smith, Christopher Saylor, Brandon (Sherelle) Johnson, Melissa (Joe) Miller, Matthew Fuino, Bret Johnson, Lauren Fuino and Tyler Fuino; Great Grandchildren, Kai Barley, Chole Cooper, Tristan Barley, Scarlet Cooper and Harper Johnson.
- Travis Cooper
- Chris Saylor
- Brandon Johnson
- Matthew Fuino
- Bret Johnson
- Tyler Fuino
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Visitation Saturday, February 1, 2020
- Funeral Service Saturday, February 1, 2020
- Committal Service Saturday, February 1, 2020
Bennie Ross Johnson
February 7, 2020
I have to do this to show the other grandkids too. Love you, "Johnsons"!!!
February 7, 2020
Where do you start when an end of an era comes? Your family has meant so much to ours over the years. Connie and Debbie became our first "best friends" as kids, your parents became our second parents. We loved the family so much then as we do today. Deda was such a calming influence to us and his outlook was always so positive. He took the time with each of us to make a positive impact. He now sits with Opa, Oma and Pete celebrating lost time and catching up on all our wonderful grandchildren and your great-grandkids. I shared how Deda (known as Bennie at the time) showed Oma how to do the twist and I still laugh at that image today. May his memory be forever eternal. We love you all!!!!
Jean Paradise Slade
January 30, 2020
My love and Prayers are with the Johnson Family.... Deda was such a wonderful man.... I will always remember his smile and his hugs. The last few years have been a struggle for him. I know in my heart he is now free of pain and holding hands with Mrs. Johnson. Love to all.. Dale and Jean