Jimmy Ray Johnson, 58, died on Friday, July 14, 2006, at the Regency Place.
Mr. Johnson was born in Brazil on Dec. 24, 1947, to the late John Johnson, Sr. and Hyla Grindle. He resided in Brazil most of his life, and lived in Lafayette for the past two years.
He married Beverly Kathleen Johnson on Dec. 30, 2000, in Cumberland County, Ill., and she survives.
He was a self employed Forestry Consultant, and owner of Johnson Export Product from 1972 until 2003, where he exported forest products all over the world.
Mr. Johnson was in the Navy, and served in the Vietnam War. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 1127 in Brazil, a member of Operating Engineers, a member of the American Indian Council, and a member of the Woodland Metis Tribe. Mr. Johnson enjoyed pursuing his native heritage, and educating children on the culture and customs of protecting the forest.
Surviving is one son, Jeffrey Allen (wife: Kelly) Johnson of Los Angeles, Calif.; one daughter, Jennifer Ann (husband: Mike) McCoy; and a brother.
He is also survived by four grandchildren, Aaron and Phoenix Ayres, and Max and Jake Johnson; and one niece, Lisa (Raul) Trevino.
Funeral services were on Monday, July 17, 2006, at 10 a.m. at Hippensteel Funeral Home, Lafayette, Ind. Following the service, a native burial ceremony took place at 4 p.m. at Bee Ridge Cemetery (outside of Brazil).
Officiating at the funeral service was Serenity Hospice Chaplain Sewell Combs.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Serenity Hospice of Lafayette, Ind.