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Ralph E. Johns

Died: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Jan. 17, 2017
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Wed., Jan. 18, 2017
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Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Jan. 18, 2017
Location: Colonial Funeral Home

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Ralph E. Johns, 81, of Pocatello, Idaho passed away on January 11, 2017 in Missoula, Montana. He was born on June 7, 1935 in Weiser, ID to Gearld and Lola Johns. He was the youngest of 4 children and the only son.

As a young child he lived in Cambridge, Idaho. Then his family moved to Midvale, Idaho where he attended second through eighth grade at Shoepeg  school. He went to Midvale High School where he graduated in 1953.

Soon after graduation, he married Eileen Qualls on September 13, 1953. They had 3 daughters and 2 sons. Then, on November 23, 1966 Ralph married Ann Hammond who had 2 daughters and 1 son. Ralph and Ann later had 1 daughter together for a combined family of 9 children.

He grew up on farms and learned the value of hard work early in life. He harvested grain crops, baled hay and milked cows. To support his growing family, he worked a variety of jobs including: his own milk delivery service, farming crops, caring for livestock and surveying wheat fields. He also worked at a saw mill, an applesauce cannery, a mobile home factory and an appliance shop.

In 1962 Ralph moved to Pocatello, Idaho where he lived for the majority of his life. When he moved to Pocatello, he began working at the J.R. Simplot Co. Don Plant. He held several positions there and while working as an operator in the ammonia plant he started training to become an electrician. He then worked for Simplot as an electrician until he retired in June of 2000. He loved being an electrician and in his spare time he ran his own side-business called Johns’ Electric.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He held many callings over the years, but really enjoyed serving as the Executive Secretary and the Membership Clerk.

Ralph enjoyed woodworking and spending time in his shop.  He designed and built several projects over the years for his children and grandchildren. He liked to fix things and spent a lot of time working on projects around the house, as well as assisting his children with their projects. He never turned down an opportunity for pie and ice cream, and after retirement, he always looked forward to a good afternoon nap!

Ralph is survived by his wife, Ann Johns; daughters, Carol Yokoda, Janice (Jay) Arnold, Bonnie Upshaw, Barbara (Jason) Franzen, Susan (Don) Lakey, and Becky (Vashon) Kirkman; sons, Vernon (Barbara) Johns, Gearld (Claudia) Johns, and Kent (Cora) Johns; 23 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Gearldine Johns.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Gearld and Lola Johns; sisters, Vivian (Floyd) Roberts and Bessie Hamm; sons-in-law, Don Upshaw and Eiji Yokoda; and grandsons, Daniel Upshaw and Matthew Johns.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 5-7 pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave. Pocatello, ID.  

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 11 am also at Colonial Funeral Home with a viewing for one hour prior to the services.

Burial will follow at the Riverside Thomas Cemetery.




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Arron Evans
   Posted Fri January 13, 2017
Kent/Robert we offer our deepest condolences to your families, we know this has been a rough road for all of you, we wish you and your families our best we know first hand that its never easy to loose a loved one.

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family!

Arron & Shauna Evans

Tera Loving
   Posted Tue January 17, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the Johns family at this difficult time. Ralph was an amazing guy. We will all miss him.
The Loving family. 💙

Marvin and Jeanne Hammond
   Posted Wed January 18, 2017
To Ann and all of the families of our nieces and nephews, we send our love and our condolences. What we remember about Ralph was how welcome and comfortable we felt in his home. Even if the horse play (which we all loved) resulted in a scrape, scratch, or broken bone, he was there to help resolve the problems, and never said a cross word. He was a great example to all of us, in his excellent work ethic, and in his commitment to be a good provider for his family. It is hard to say good-bye when your family member was also your friend.

Brent Hammond
   Posted Wed January 18, 2017
Sue and I have fond memories of Ralph. He was a great man. We wish we were able to be there for his funeral. I will be streaming it on our computer. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Our gratitude is in our prayers for the blessing of knowing Ralph. May the Lord comfort and bless all of Ralph's family members and loved ones.

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