Even in death the iconic Great Lakes charter captain Ron Johnson didn't stray far from his love of sport fishing.
The 73-year-old Johnson died Wednesday after a several-month-long battle with lung cancer. His funeral arrangements are being handled by Brunner Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 8466 Mentor Ave., Mentor.
However, instead of flowers, Johnson had requested that contributions be made to one of two charities. The first is the Future Fisherman Foundation, PO Box 6049, McLean, VA 22106.
The second is Lake University Ireland Cancer Center, 9485 Mentor Ave., Suite No. 3, Mentor, OH 44060.
As for Johnson's funeral, Brunner spokeswoman Nancy Sanden said visiting hours are scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 28.
Immediately following the last visiting segment at 8:30 p.m. a funeral service is planned, Sanden also said.
Johnson was one of the Great Lake's most well-known fishing authorities and a popular go-to fishing seminar speaker. He operated his hugely popular and successful "Thumper" sport-fishing charter service from Grand River Marine in Grand River Village.
Friends and associates have expressed their sorrow at the loss of Johnson, an example of how a professional angler and sportsman should conduct himself, these individuals said in a Thursday News-Herald story.
For any additional information or directions, call Brunner Funeral at 440-255-3401.
Johnson's on-line obituary is available at www.brunners.com.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn