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“I would like to thank Ray Johnson for believing in me and my restaurant concept. In 2005, I contacted Howard Swartz the realtor that represented Ray...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Chad Wohlford - Saginaw, MI

“Tom and familySorry to hear about your dad's passing. He was a great and honest man in the construction industry. He will be missed. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Bruce Weiss - Bay City, AL

“Erick, I am saddened to learn of the loss of your father. My heartfelt condolences to you and your entire family. ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Richard Stuck - Miami, FL

“Dear Betty and family, So sorry to learn of Ray's passing. He was a wonderful, kind and gentle man who will be missed. l'll always remember his sweet...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“To Aunt Betty, Erick, Brian, Tom and Sandy...Larry and I send our condolences and love. We are so sorry we weren't able to be at the funeral to honor...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Bethany and Larry Wegener - MI

“My condolences to the family. My Dad, Jack York, always spoke so highly of your Dad Patricia York PallettPlainwell, Mi ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“Brian, Sorry for your loss, your dad was a great guy, one I always admired, a rock. Pass my thoughts on to your mother and the rest of your family. Y...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“TomSo sorry to hear of your father's passing.Respectful and highly respected his integrityand class was always evident.A loss for the whole community...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: John Van Ochten - Bay City, MI

“Condolences to the family. May the Lord comfort his loved ones in this time of distress.Ypsilanti,Michigan ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“Tom/Kay and family:May the Lord comfort you during this time of sorrow. Hold on to the memories. ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Jim and Jan Bow - Hemlock, MI

“So very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Dave & Connie Rochow - Bay City, MI

“Todd & I offer our prayers for you and your family. So sorry for your loss of Dad! ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Anne & Todd Sutton - Bay City, MI

“We will miss this kind, loving and so-thoughtful man. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you at this time of sorrow. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Sally Glowicki - Bay City, MI

“Ray Johnson was the ultimate "true gentleman", a kind and gentle human being. I had the privilege of enjoying his company at the Bay City Country...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Walter Moore - traverse city, MI

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at 11:00 am, for Raymond E. Johnson of Bay City, who died on December 4, 2016, having nearly reached the age of 86. The service will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 604 S. Woodbridge, in Bay City. Funeral arrangements are by Penzien Steele Funeral Home, 608 N. Madison, in Bay City. Visitation will be held at Penzien Steele from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on December 7, and at the Evangelical Free Church from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on December 8.
Mr. Johnson was born on December 31, 1930, the son of the late Serenus Johnson and the late Hilma Andersen Johnson of Bay City. Mr. Johnson was educated first in the public schools of Bay City, graduating from Central High School in June 1948. During high school, Mr. Johnson worked as a staff announcer for WBCM radio in Bay City. Following high school, he attended Wheaton College, Bay City Junior College (predecessor to Delta College), and the University of Michigan.
After college, Mr. Johnson joined his father and mother working in Serenus Johnson Construction Co. Mr. Johnson succeeded his father as owner of the construction company and ran it for over 50 years. The company constructed and remodeled numerous commercial, industrial, educational, hospital and church buildings in Bay City, Saginaw, Midland and other locations in Michigan and the Midwest. He developed, and owned and managed the North Pointe Plaza shopping mall in Bay City, and in doing so he valued and enjoyed the long term relationships he had with tenants.
Mr. Johnson was active in business associations and charitable organizations. He served as President of the Michigan Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, President of the Saginaw Valley Contractors Association, President of the Salvation Army Advisory Board in Bay City, member of the Board of Directors of Bay Medical Services, and member of the Board of Directors of Bay Osteopathic Hospital. He was recognized by his peers for his contributions. In 2005, the Endowment Fund of the Associated General Contractors of Michigan awarded a scholarship in honor of his contribution to the construction industry. He was named a member of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson supported many charitable organizations and activities.
Mr. Johnson married Betty Louise Bengtson, of Muskegon, Michigan, on August 12, 1950, and they enjoyed more than 66 years of marriage.
From his early years, Mr. Johnson was an avid golfer and became proficient at the sport. He enjoyed many hundreds of rounds with friends and family. He was a member of the Bay City Country Club for over 50 years and served as the club's President in 1978. He was also a member of golf clubs in Harbor Springs, Michigan and Fort Myers, Florida.
Mr. Johnson was a life-long member of the Evangelical Free Church, of which his grandparents were charter members.
Mr. Johnson was predeceased by his brother J. Lennart Johnson and his sister Alda Johnson Hill. He is survived by his sisters Ruth Johnson VanGuilder and Donna Johnson Kasper.
Mr. Johnson is also survived by his wife Betty; his children R. Erick Johnson II of Portland, Oregon; Brian R. Johnson of Hope, Michigan; Thomas A. Johnson of Bay City; Sandra L. Johnson Guthrie of Bay City; and, their respective current and former spouses, Crisann Breed, Diane Dankovich Johnson, Amy McDonald Johnson, Kennetha Greenhoe Johnson, and John Guthrie; grandchildren Annalise Johnson Koffa (Joseph), Bjorn Johnson, Erick P. Johnson (Kim), Aaron Johnson (Anna), Margaret Johnson, Jacob Johnson (Raquel), Kyle Johnson (Alaina), and Jaelyn Guthrie; and seven great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the Johnson family suggests contributions to:

• Serenus & Hilma Johnson and Raymond & Betty Johnson Fund of the Bay Area Community Foundation, 1000 Adams St., Suite 200, Bay City, MI 48708 (

• Evangelical Free Church, 604 S. Woodbridge, Bay City, MI 48706 (

• Good Samaritan Rescue Mission, 713 9th Street, Bay City, MI 48708 (

The Johnson family acknowledges with great appreciation the care given to their husband and father during his extended stay at the Carriage House Nursing Home in Bay City.