Ruth A. Johnson

Ruth Anna Johnson, 96, of Ogallala passed away on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society in Beatrice. She was born on Aug. 1, 1921 in Keith County near Roscoe in the farm home of her parents, Claus and Anna (Lueneburg) Eichner. Ruth attended elementary school in a rural school near Roscoe and was confirmed in the Lutheran faith in May of 1936.

Ruth was employed at the Good-All Electric where she was a line supervisor for five years. While working there, she met Melvin G. Johnson.

Ruth and Melvin entered into marriage on Dec. 19, 1946, in the Ogallala St. Paul's Lutheran Church. They made their home in Ogallala until moving to their farm house north of Roscoe in the 1960s. The couple continued to reside there until 2010, when they moved into Ogallala.

Ruth was a lifetime member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Ogallala and was active in the Ladies Aid and the Lutheran Women Missionary League. Ruth served in several offices where she was the president and secretary. She also served as congregation treasurer. Ruth volunteered as a Girl Scout leader and was a Pink Lady with the Ogallala Community Hospital for ten years.

Ruth's hobbies included flower and vegetable gardening, sewing, quilting, baking and playing cards with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her brother, Ray Eichner.

Survivors include her children, Beverly (Lonnie) Duensing of Beatrice and Jody (Mike) Brown of Paola, Kan.; One brother, LeRoy Eichner of Ogallala; five grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 2-6 p.m., with family greeting friends from 4-6 p.m. in the Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala. Funeral services will take place on Monday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. in St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Ogallala, with the Rev. John Stubenrouch officiating. Online condolences can be sent to, where the service will be live-streamed for those unable to attend. A memorial is established to the Ogallala St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School. Burial will be in the Ogallala Cemetery.

Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala is entrusted with arrangements.

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