Ray Lewis Johnson, 78 of Middleton, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 8, 2017 after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 17th at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.
Ray began his life in EuFaula, Oklahoma, on September 24, 1938. His family moved to Portland, Oregon, in 1944 then to Idaho in 1948. Ray proudly served 3 years in the US Army and following his Honorable Discharge, he returned to Idaho where he spent the rest of his life.
Ray met Hazel Louise Buskirk in 1957 and they were married in 1959. They made a home in Middleton and raised two daughters, Debra Ann and Lisa Gay.
Ray worked hard his entire life to support his family and always set an example of what a husband, father, and grandfather should be. He worked for the US Postal Service in Boise for 31 years until he retired.
His life was full of hunting, golf and many adventures, but his greatest passion was his family.
Ray is survived by his wife of 57 years, Hazel Johnson; daughters, Debbie (Keith) Love and Lisa (David) Pilkinton; 2 sisters, Mary Lou Davis and Peggy Daugherty; 2 brothers, Joe Johnson and Junior Johnson; his beloved grandchildren, David (Stacey) Pilkinton, Josh (Jacki) Pilkinton, Amy (Casey) Campbell, and Kim Muchow; and his great grandchildren, Kaytlyn Pilkinton, Ava Pilkinton, Mason Pilkinton, Trevor Spence, Mackenzie Campbell, Rylee Campbell, Aspen Campbell, Taylor Muchow and Kabel Muchow.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Lee and Lola Sue Johnson; and brothers, William Johnson, Harold Johnson and Marvin Johnson.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the staff at Keystone Hospice for their tender care of "Dad" in his final days.