Obituaries

Ronald “Hooker” Johnston, 82

Rode off in chaps and spurs into the sunrise on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

He was born November 19, 1937 at the family homestead outside of Ferdinand to Al and Edna Johnston.

After he graduated from high school, he worked at the Burklund Sawmill in Cottonwood for a short period, then he found employment that he enjoyed much more, cowboying for Ben Large. In 1961 he was drafted into the army. After his two-year stint he returned to the large ranch on the salmon river.

While there he met and married the love of his life, Grace Julius and the had two children, David and Jodi. Shortly after that he went to work for PFI in Lewiston for 32 years.

After he retired, he returned to the ranch at Ferdinand that he loved the best. His greatest joy was looking after the cows and calves. He always had a fishing pole and a gun in his pickup and a cooler on the back as he was driving the back roads.

He never met a stranger and was loved by many. Anyone in need could always count on a helping hand from him.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, son David and grandson Mitchell.

He is survived by his brothers Don (Karen) of Craigmont, Larry (Sharon) of Salem, Oregon and his sister Joyce Lorentz of Cottonwood. His daughters; Jodi and Launie Johnston. Six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

You could almost always count on hearing Ron say, ” I’m a hooker and a fighter, a motorcycle rider and a pretty damn good cook too. Header in the eddy, there’s white water ahead. Honey if you stick with me, you’ll be wearing diamonds and driving Lincolns before the morn! “

There will be a celebration of his life Saturday, March 7 at 2:00 pm in Ferdinand at the community center for all his family and friends to attend and share stories and memories of a very special man. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at Blackmerfuneralhome.com.

Condolences to the family of Ronald “Hooker” Johnston, 82

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