Rita Ann Johnson, 85, of Racine, passed away at 9:40 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at her residence. Born May 9, 1929 in Coolville, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Fred and Ethel Dixon Johnson. She was a graduate of Racine High School. After graduating Rita joined the Navy where she proudly served her country for thirty years as an electronic technician.
Rita is survived by her nieces and nephews, Teresa Johnson, Becky (Brandon) Holtz, Jay Johnson, Barb (Tim Patterson) Johnson, Gary (Lori Sellers) Johnson, Fred (Tammy) Sayre, Beverly (Greg) Johnson, Rhonda (Mike) Shaffer, Frank (Rhonda) Sayre, Eric Sayre, Caryl Johnson, Gloria (Biff) Lee, Jim (Jane) Johnson, Marsha (Robert) Derheimer, and Brian Johnson. Her great nieces and nephews, Ty (Sheri Cummins) Johnson, Jessica Covert, Nick Guinther, Jabob Guinther, Guy (Brandi) Guinther, Dawn (Jeremy Lyons) Johnson, Craig Johnson, Jamie (Jason) Pierce, Mike (Debbie) Sharp, Jeff (Becky) Sharp, Matthew Johnson, Samantha (Dustin) Brinager, Mike Johnson, Josh (Christina) Dowell, Mikey Sayre, Janelle (Jeff) Barnes, Allisa Johnson, Lillee Marton-Johnson, Kenny Miller, John Sayre, Melissa Sayre, Jamie (Keith) Cope, Carrie (Ross) Lindsey, Joe (Susanne) Brand, Steven Brand, Morgan Johnson, Nick Johnson, and several great-great nieces and nephews also survive.
The family would like to send a special thank you to Air Evac Lifeteam 82 who took time out of their day to take Aunt Rita for a ride in their helicopter. “They” full field a lifelong dream of hers and put a smile on her face at a time when she really needed on and we will always be thankful for that.
In addition to her parents Rita is preceded in death by her brothers, Robert “Hank” Johnson Sr., Daryl Johnson, Earl Johnson, her sisters, Verna Sayre and Clarys Johnson, and nephews, Robert “Bobby” Johnson Jr., Tommy Johnson, and Lenny Dowell.
In keeping with Rita’s wishes there will be no calling hours or funeral services. Interment will be in the Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C. with full military honors. The Cremeens funeral Home is entrusted with Rita’s final arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting Cremeens Funeral Home of Ohio