Ruth Johnson


HICKSVILLE -- Ruth M. Johnson, 92, Hicksville, died Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at Manor House Assisted Living, Antwerp, Ohio.

She was born on July 5, 1920, in Van Wert, Ohio, the daughter of the Roy V. and Estella (Busch) Baxter. Ruth was a 1938 graduate of Van Wert High School. On November 30, 1939, she was united in marriage with Vernon M. Johnson. He preceded her in death on December 8, 2007. She worked at Dana/Weatherhead, retiring after 30 years. Ruth was a life member of St. John Lutheran Church, Sherwood, Ohio. She was also a member of the UAW.

Surviving Ruth are two sons, William (Judy) Johnson of Hicksville, and Edward (Susan ) Johnson of Woodburn, Ind.; a daughter, Julia Elaine (Darrell) Brown; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard Baxter and Gene Baxter; and two sisters, Sharon Conley and Judy Carmichael.

She was preceded in death by an infant son; a brother, Bill Baxter; and a sister, Janet Coffelt.

Funeral services for Ruth will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-6 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville.

Memorials may be made to Worship for Shut-Ins or St. John Lutheran Church, Sherwood. Online condolences may be shared at

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