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Ron Johnson dies after bout with COVID-19
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Morrison resident Ron Johnson, a former Major League Baseball coach, passed away on Tuesday.

Warren County resident and 40-year professional baseball coach and player Ron Johnson died on Tuesday at age 64 after battling COVID-19.

Johnson enjoyed a brief Major League playing career, appearing in 22 games with the Kansas City Royals and Montreal Expos in the early 1980s. He hit .261 in 53 career plate appearances.

After his playing days, Johnson went on to manage in the systems for the Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles. He was in the Major Leagues for the 2010 and 2011 seasons when he was the first-base coach for the Red Sox.

Johnson was most recently a minor league manager for the Triple-A Norfolk Tide from 2012 to 2018 in the Baltimore Orioles’ system. In 2015, he was International League Manager of the Year.

With his vast baseball experience, Johnson began offering hitting lessons this past summer to local youngsters at his family farm in Morrison. With his baseball knowledge, Johnson had been asked to give lessons for years.

The community rallied around the Johnson family in August 2010 when Ron’s daughter, Bridget, was involved in a horrific accident while horseback riding. As Bridget was crossing Cooper Road on a Sunday afternoon, she was struck by a car.

The accident nearly claimed her life and resulted in the loss of her left leg above the knee. Ron was with the Red Sox and was in the middle of coaching a game against the Detroit Tigers when he received an emergency call and was told the news.

Ron and his family were active in the Warren County Saddle Club for years and he enjoyed riding horses in his free time.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 27 years, Daphane, five children and three grandchildren. 

A memorial service honoring his life will be held at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 30, at McMinnville Funeral Home.