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Ruth Johnson, age 97, of Wayne

Posted: 13 November, 2017

Funeral Services for Ruth Johnson, age 97, of Wayne, formerly of Battle Creek, will be held at Calvary Bible Evangelical Free Church in Wayne on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.  Visitation will be held at Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Wayne on Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with family present.  Interment with Military Rites will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.  Memorials may be directed to the Johnson family for later designation.  She passed away on Saturday at her home at Brookdale - Wayne.  Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.

Ruth Louisa Johnson was born Oct. 3, 1920, in Wayne to Herman and Anna (Lund) Lundberg. She graduated from Wayne High School and Nebraska State Teachers College where she was inducted into Cardinal Key before teaching math in Crofton, Nebraska. Ruth enjoyed life guarding and teaching canoeing at a Girl Scout camp. A devoted musician, she played clarinet in the college band and city band as well as violin, piano and organ. During World War II, Ruth served with the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). Later she worked at the State National Bank in Wayne for several years. On March 29, 1947, Ruth married John Russell Johnson at her parents’ home in Wayne. Afterward, they enjoyed a honeymoon trip to Colorado. This was the first of what would become decades of traveling they enjoyed together across six continents. Favorite destinations included Alaska, Hawaii, California, Canada, Egypt, Australia and New Zealand, Israel, Scandinavia, Greece, Philippines, Turkey and even China. The couple first made their home on a farm near Emerson with their dog, Cruce. They farmed together near Wayne for more than 30 years before retiring to an acreage south of Battle Creek in 1979. They returned to Wayne in June of 2017. Ruth was an avid gardener and loved flowers of all kinds. She also loved her grandchildren and enjoyed attending their activities, taking them on trips and shopping excursions and helping them with homework. Ruth was a member of Community Bible Church in Norfolk.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Russell; their children, Bruce (Yleen) Johnson of Wayne, Elaine (Bud) Lingenfelter of Norfolk, and Carl (Peggy) Johnson of Wayne; eleven grandchildren, Glenn Johnson, Cena (Harley) Lerseth, Lee Johnson, Kevin (Michelle) Lingenfelter, Kory (Kyley) Lingenfelter, Kristin (Micah) Van Maanen, Kyle (Katie) Lingenfelter, Beth (James) Romer, Renae Johnson-Brenner, Jennifer Johnson and Rachel Johnson; seventeen great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother.

Hasemann Funeral Homes
302 North Lincoln Street
Wayne, Nebraska 68787 402.375.3100

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