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Ronald L. Johnson

July 26, 1957 ~ January 6, 2021 (age 63)

Obituary

Ronald Leonard Johnson  What's born on July 26 common 1957 in San Diego, California to the proud parents Of the late John Melvin Hartway Sr. and Lillian Dolores Johnson. 

 

The first two decades of his life were spent mainly living in California. Being raised up in Oakland, California and born in San Diego, California, made him a die hard Raiders fan like many of his family members who resided there as well. Eventually some day, Ronald would move up north to Washington state, where he would live the last 30ish years of his life. 

 

Growing up, Ronald had many friends and would continue making more friends everywhere his journey would take him. He was a polite, respectful, and charming young man who loved to engage with others. Be it at church, at the local bakery, at home or at school, you could always catch him having an interesting conversation with somebody. 

 

Ronald was very fond of music, all of his life he found different ways to stay around that type of art. Whether he attended live concerts, listened to the radio, made his own playlists on cassettes, CDs, and even DJ'd (disc jockey) throughout his life. The same love for music was passed down to all of his four children, who all share the same affinity for being immersed in music throughout their days. 

 

Ronald was a proud Muslim, and practiced his faith daily. He spent some of his time learning to speak Arabic and learning to translate the Quran. He was raised Christian but in his young age decided to convert to Islam. Ron was a God fearing man throughout his life no matter the religion he practiced, and he always sought to have a strong connection with his lord and savior. 

 

Ronald was also a veteran. He served in the US Navy for two terms. He served on the USS Kittyhawk and the USS Independence. During his time in the US Navy he would travel across the world to experience and see many things. He would also one day meet Evangelina Silva, whom he would someday marry and have his two youngest children, Ashton and Marcus. 

 

Throughout Ron's life he attended Bellevue College, Central Washington State University and even took many classes and a few community colleges in the greater Seattle area. During his scholastic endeavors he would continue to further his knowledge in technology as well as make many strong bonds with several people. 

 

Due to Ron's schooling achievements, he would one day work on multiple projects for Microsoft. He also used that knowledge to tutor others in the way of computer systems, coding, and building or destructing computers. Though he was disabled from having Multiple Sclerosis, he never let that stop h furthering his knowledge or even from working. He was always a hardworking man, he was prideful and loved being independent. So even though with losing motor function in one of his legs, he never let that or his illness get in the way of helping others and staying productive. 

 

Despite false accusations made against his character and demeanor that were never cleared, he was an amazing man. I always knew he was never capable of such things, because he was an honorable man, despite any mistakes made, he was only human. No matter how people treated him, he never held contempt or hate in his heart for their negative actions or words, he still lived every day of his life in light and with love for everyone. And regardless of any obstacles or issues he faced, he still lived every day with the goal to become an even better man, as well as spread love to those he came in contact with. 

 

As soon as he was able to, and if you were willing to listen, Ron was always looking to share advice and wisdom with those that he cared about. From a young age he taught his one and only daughter the game so she could watch out for selfish men and people. His advice may not have always been heeded, but it certainly has never been taken for granted and never will. 

 

Ronald Leonard Johnson was such a unique soul. He was a beloved son, a brother, grandson, cousin, nephew, member of society, community member, an advocate for homeless people, an advocate for equal rights, he was a veteran, he also was a computer nerd, he could code and take a part a computer pretty easily and put it back together just as easy. He was a lover to many. And most importantly, he was a great father. He loved each and every one of his children fiercely no matter the status of their relationship or however much distance was between them, Ron never gave up on his children. 

 

No matter the interaction with Ronald, he always left a strong impression on others. He was a bright light in this world that will be surely missed. Many of those who he came into contact with would either immediately or soon learn to love the amazing man he was. He was extremely caring and  genuinely concerned for all of those around him. So much that he even spent a good amount of time volunteering at multiple homeless shelters as well as food banks and local festivals. Ronald loved living his life in servitude of others and I can only imagine he is continuing his work up in the heavens with his maker. 

 

A willing heart and helpful hands came naturally for Ronnie. It was something that he took extreme pride in. There was never a time in his life that he wouldn't help someone when he was able to. He was a friend and father figure to many, especially due to his love for engaging in conversation. Many who knew him, very well know how much Ron loved to talk. His long conversations will be missed by so many. On the very early morning of Wednesday January 6, 2021, Ronald Leonard Johnson, was called by the Lord to come home to glory, for precious peace and eternal rest. To God be the glory.

 

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents John Melvin Hartway Sr, and Lillian Dolores Hartway, as well as his brother John Melvin Hartway Jr. Ronnie leaves to cherish his precious memories is one sister, Clauvette Hartway who resides in Medina, California. Also leaving to cherish his memories are his three sons, Aarion Johnson, Derron Johnson, Marcus Johnson, as well as his only daughter Ashton Johnson. As well as a couple of grandchildren Diallo and Romello Johnson, as well as multiple cousins, aunts, and uncles. 

 

He will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him. May his should forever rest in peace and power. Asalamalakim

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Services

Visitation
Friday
January 29, 2021

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Serenity's Personal Alternative Chapel
749 Central Ave N
Kent, WA 98032

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