Gilliland Howe Funeral Home

110 East North Street, Greensburg, IN


Ronald Ray Johnson

February 5, 1939November 12, 2019

Ronald Ray Johnson, 80 of Greensburg, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2019 at his home in Greensburg, Indiana, with his loving wife and sister-in-law at his side. He was born on February 5, 1939 to Earl Johnson and Garnet Cooley. Garnet married George Hendrickson on March 17, 1950. His step-father was a great example and played a major role in raising him. Ron married Carolyn Miller in August of 1968. They had three sons; Ronald Jr, Donald and Christopher. Carolyn passed away in 1997. Ron married Margaret Shields in July of 1999. He embraced two step-sons, Joseph S. Shields and Wade M. Shields and a step-grandson Trever Shields. Ron was an outstanding athlete in football, and held a track record at Connersville High School. He was a member of the only undefeated football team at Connersville High School. After graduating from Connersville High School in 1958, Ron joined the U.S. Army and served six years. Upon completion of his military service, Ron began his forty year work career in Connersville. Following that, he worked for the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department for eight years. He then completely retired. Ron was always active in his community. He was President of the Connersville Jaycees and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid golfer. He achieved three hole-in-ones. He was a dedicated bowler. Ron also loved woodworking, gardening and yardwork. Ron was preceded in death by his mother, father, sister Phyllis Dunn and step-son Wade. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret, step-son Joseph, his step-father George Hendrickson, his sons Ronald Jr., Donald and Christopher, his sister Patricia (William) Laux, nephew Scott Laux, sister Myrtle Vaughn, brother Herb Kearns; four grandchildren Alex, Jenna, Elexa, and Trever. Thank you Lord for a life filled with many blessings. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 18, 2019 from 11AM until the start of the Funeral Service at 1PM at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery with Graveside Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.


  • Earl Johnson, Father (deceased)
  • Garnet Cooley, Mother (deceased)
  • George Hendrickson, Step-Father
  • Carolyn (Miller) Johnson, Wife (deceased)
  • Margaret (Shields) Johnson, Wife
  • Ronald Johnson, Jr., Son
  • Donald Johnson, Son
  • Christopher Johnson, Son
  • Joseph S. Shields, Step-Son
  • Wade M. Shields, Step-Son (deceased)
  • Trever Shields, Step-Grandson
  • Patricia Laux (William), Sister
  • Myrtle Vaughn, Sister
  • Herb Kearns, Brother
  • Scott Laux, Nephew
  • Ron is also survived by four grandchildren: Alex, Jenna, Elexa and Trever.

  • American Cancer Society


  • Visitation Monday, November 18, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 18, 2019


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David Falusi

November 18, 2019

Aunt Ilona and family. I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ron. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

Annie Young

November 17, 2019

Margaret, so sorry to hear about your husband. Sending you and your family a hug and a prayer for your family.

Bonnie Barnard

November 14, 2019

Pat: I’m so sorry for the loss of your brother. I will say a prayer for you and your family.

Bob & Janet Meyer

November 14, 2019

We remember the days when we were young and enjoyed renting a pontoon boat on Brookville Lake for the afternoon, with much partying. We would have plenty of food and drinks and of course swim in the lake. What fun. We also had our poker evenings, new years parties and Grandpa's Hill Pig Roast every Labor Day weekend. Those are memories we'll never forget, and you'll always be a part of those memories. We will miss you and our sincerest sympathy to Ronnie Jr, Donnie and Chris and also to Margaret. God Bless all of you. Prayers to each and all. Sincerely, Janet & Bob Meyer

Kathy Bennington Hagerty

November 14, 2019

Patty Ann I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs and kisses to you dear friend.

Koni Hegmann

November 14, 2019

Ronnie was my cousin. He was always a positive
Example to me. II love him.