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Freehold Soccer League Co-Founder Dies at 78

Services for Ralph P. Johnson will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Thompson Memorial Home in Red Bank.

Ralph P. Johnson, 78, died at home surrounded by family on Feb. 24.

Johnson was born in College Point, NY, and resided in Freehold before retiring to Smithville, NJ. He most recently resided Middletown. Johnson retired as an engineer after working at 3M for 30 years. Johnson was a co-founder and coach of the Freehold Soccer League and served during the Korean War with the US Navy from 1952 to 1955.

Johnson was predeceased by his loving wife Jessie Smith Johnson in 2001. He is survived by his three beloved children, son Neil and wife Cherie of Oro Valley, AZ; two daughters, Heather and husband Brian Clark of Colts Neck and Kerri and husband Chris Michels of Ada, MI; and by his beloved brother Roger of Centennial, CO. Ralph will also be missed by his eight grandchildren: Lauren, Brian, Kerrin and Thomas Clark; Haley and Brady Johnson and Grayson and Liam Michels.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. with a service at 7:30 p.m. at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. A private family burial will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mays Landing, NJ.

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