Ruben Johnsson
  • 78 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 16, 1934
  • Place of birth:
    Stockholm, Sweden
  • Date of passing: Oct 2, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Findlay, United States
Let the memory of Ruben be with us forever

In memory of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, Ruben Johnsson.  He passed away peacefully on October 2, 2012 and is now singing among the angels. We are grateful for the many cherished memories we have of him, and take comfort in knowing that he now rests in peace in the arms of Christ.  We will remember him forever and miss him greatly.

Remember Me

To the Living, I am gone,
To the sorrowful, I will never return;
To the angry, I was cheated.
But to the happy, I am at peace.
To the faithful, I have never left.
Talk to me, and I will hear,
your prayers, they com
fort me,
your laughter makes me laugh,
but don't weep
for me as I have my reward,
I am with the Father and He will never let me perish,
The Lord com
forts me, and longs to comfort you.
So be happy my family and don't despair,
I am in good hands, waiting
for the day when
the Lord calls you to come home.


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Grace Johnsson on 2nd October 2017

"This is the 5th anniversary of Ruben seeing the pearly gates. I pray God will use our amazing story for His Glory.  
He loved to sing " I Love to Tell the Story"  Now he is experiencing the Story."

This tribute was added by Grace Johnsson on 2nd October 2016

"Today is the 4th anniversary of Ruben's entrance into Heaven.  It is so beautiful, I heard him say.
I'm so grateful he always had time to share his faith.  Many lives were touch and changed forever.
I'm comforted with faith that the love and memories we shared on earth will live on in heaven forever."

This tribute was added by Grace Johnsson on 2nd October 2015

"This is the third year since Ruben transferred to Heaven. On the evening of his passing a nurse and I stood at the foot of his bed and she described the gates of heaven as she had seen them when she had died and been sent back.  It was a moment I will treasure."

This tribute was added by Grace Johnsson on 16th September 2015

"Today would have been Ruben's 81th birthday .Remembering him is something I do everyday.  I hold him tightly in my heart, knowing that I will meet him again in the land of light where there is peace in His presence."

This tribute was added by Bill Morse on 2nd October 2014

"Grace,  We can't believe it's been two years since you lost Ruben.  So many wonderful memories of you both!  We know that Ruben has only begun his first "thousand years" at home with Jesus...he was a tremendous saint, and we will remember him with love forever!  Bill and Carla"

This tribute was added by Grace Johnsson on 2nd October 2014

"Today is the second year since Ruben transferred to heaven.  I missed his sunshine everyday but I know that he is free and joyful."

This tribute was added by gloria lugibihl on 16th September 2014

"Happy Birthday Ruben in Heaven.....I know you and your Best Buddy Greg must be celebrating together , since his birthday is the 21st.   I just want to  THANK YOU  for our friendship  and the  great wisdom  and knowledge of the Word of  GOD, you shared with Greg and  I ,  and the Annointing that has been in your life all these years !   I can remember all those all night  prayer meetings you and Greg had and him coming home , still HAPPY IN THE SPIRIT !  You have touched so many lives and I know your reward must be great ! MISS YOU. !  LOVE  and HUGS  !"

This tribute was added by Al Wilmsmeyer on 16th September 2014

"The fond memories we have of Ruben brings smiles to our faces.  His gentle spirit and amazing voice were beyond compare.  He was a real tribute as a worship leader as he led under the direction of the Holy Spirit and would flow from one song to another.  We will meet again someday.  Happy belated birthday friend as you rejoice with others in the beautiful land called "Heaven".  
Al & Alice Wilmsmeyer"

This tribute was added by Grace Johnsson on 16th September 2014

"Today would have been Ruben's 80th Birthday.  He brought me so much joy in a very special way.  He was one of my greatest gifts from God. It only took one weekend to change my life forever!
He was my encourager for 40 years.
Heaven Is Real and I know he is enjoying the beauty, peace and joy there."

This tribute was added by Hedie Baden on 16th September 2014

"Happy 80th birthday in heaven, Ruben. I think of you often when I am working in my garden. We had some nice conversations as you and Grace passed by on your strolls through the neighborhood. Thanks for the memories."

This tribute was added by Caroline Eklund on 16th September 2014

"Happy Birthday Ruben.  I am sure there are a band of angels surrounding you today and celebrating this special day. You are missed but you left many wonderful memories for the Haynes family, Kim's Family, Shannon's family and the Eklund Family.  I imagine there is a guest by Ruben's side today, our precious mother Hortense Haynes."

This tribute was added by Bill Morse on 16th September 2014

""HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUBEN!!"  You were a blessing to so many of us and you will never be forgotten!  What wonderful pictures of Grace and Ruben and the family!  And what happy memories!  Thank you again Renee for this beautiful tribute!  Bill and Carla Morse"

This tribute was added by Caroline Eklund on 2nd October 2013

"Today I will be thinking of Ruben and Grace and the girls.  We shared so many memories as our children grew up.  We all have many memories of my precious mother and all the fun times we all had in her backyard. My daughters remember Ruben so well.  He adored my girls. Ruben and Hortense our sharing this day with us."

This tribute was added by Bill Morse on 2nd October 2013

"As I look at all the great pictures I can't believe Ruben is not still with us.  Grace, is that your beautiful voice singing "I shall see you soon again...?"  Thank you Renee for creating this lasting memory for Ruben!  What a wonderful, happy man he was - and always with that GREAT smile!  We miss you so much Ruben!  Bill & Carla Morse"

This tribute was added by Grace Johnsson on 24th September 2013

"I'm so grateful for 40 years with my best friend.  He was the sparkle in my eyes,the twinkle in my toes, and the song in my heart. He changed my life forever.  Forever missed, but thankful for all the special memories."

This tribute was added by Pam Brodman on 16th September 2013

"Happy Birthday in heaven Ruben, when I think of you I remember that warm smile and always kind words that you offered to all you knew....was blessed to know you."

This tribute was added by Jennie Barger on 2nd September 2013

"Jeff and I were reminiscing tonight about our memories of you and Ruben and I was so sad to hear of his passing. One of the first things I thought of, was that he and my Dad were getting all caught up since they last saw each other!  We would love to get together  with you soon, along with my Mom. She would be a great support for you during this time! Much love, Jeff & Jennie Barger"

This tribute was added by Bill Morse on 1st March 2013

"Grace, We miss Ruben so much but treasure the memories of his leading worship at New Life Assembly in Findlay.  I would watch him from the organ, while he moved from song to song with that beautiful smile with only his small book of song titles!  And the time he taught the choir to sing How Great Thou Art in Swedish!  It took awhile but he did it!  God comfort you and your family Grace!"

This tribute was added by Paul Gungner on 30th November 2012

"My most vivid memories of uncle Ruben are when I visited Findlay as a teenager. Doing things like playing golf, helping with a sandbox, tagging along on a few jobs, getting a burger, going to church - I've long forgotten the words but will always remember the sound of him singing in the car - simple things that are easy to take for granted yet instill values that stay with a person forever"

This tribute was added by Valli Hayden on 17th November 2012

"Grace, my dear friend, words cannot express the sympathy I have for you and your family. Gary and I love and care about all of you. We will miss Ruben and his wonderful sense of humor. Our friendship through the years has been such a blessing and I know it will continue into eternity. God comfort you and give you strength and peace."

This tribute was added by Jo Thomas on 8th November 2012

"Dear Grace, I am so sorry about the loss of your best friend.  

This tribute was added by Kerstin Johnsson on 5th November 2012

"I will always remember Uncle Ruben for his wonderful sense of humor. Boy could he light up a room!  He had a lightness about him that even the burdens of life could not diminish -- I think that had a lot (if not all) to do with his relationship with Christ.  He always imparted that gift wherever he went, and I am grateful for it!"

This tribute was added by Joy Johnsson Evans on 3rd November 2012

"On this day to remember Uncle Ruben I wanted to share that he will truly be missed.  He was a kind, funny and spirt filled man that has left us with so many wonderful memories. I will always be his flower girl Joy.  He was not only special to me but to my family.   They talk of him and how he was able to just sit and chat about their lives, from soccer to the Lord. We love him dearly."

This tribute was added by Cheryl Corron on 3rd November 2012

"Thinking of you!  And missing Ruben.
God Bless you all!
Love, Cheryl"

This tribute was added by Patrick O'Neil on 1st November 2012

"I remember Reuben made sure we were entertained during visits. At the Cracker Barrell for lunch, Reuben said, "I want my sandwich" Waitress: Pardon? R:I want my sandwich. W:What sandwich is that? R:The Reuben Sandwich, my name is Reuben, it's my sandwich. W:Really, that's your name? R:Yes. W:Well you're the first live Reuben I've met." Reuben had a huge smile on his face.  Carolynne O'Neil"

This tribute was added by Patrick O'Neil on 31st October 2012

"Ruben's energy and dynamism were truly inspiring as was his willingness to bring his faith inro every conversation. When grandma died this spring and you weren't able to make it up, I couldn't believe it because I can only remember his boundless vigor. Now its real, but still so hard to believe. We're hoping to come to the funeral."

This tribute was added by Tam Ara on 31st October 2012

"To me Ruben is a very open-minded and funny person. I enjoyed the time with him a lot and I´m very thankful for his help and generosity, that he offered me so many times!I´m so thankful that I got to see him after 5 years,on his last birthday.He is one of the best persons I ever got to know and I´m so thankful for the pleasure and honour of meeting him and his wonderful wife! I love you!"

This tribute was added by Hedie Baden on 30th October 2012

"Ruben was a wonderful person who introduced me to two very nice young ladies from Germany who were high school exchange students here some years ago and whom I was able to help get over some homesickness and strive. I am forever grateful to have met Ruben and Grace. May he rest in peace and be in Gods hands forever. My prayers are with you, Grace."

This tribute was added by Joyce Snyder on 20th October 2012

"We will miss Ruben more than we can ever say.  When he would sing at our old church he would talk afterwards and he was so annointed, he would say more in 5 minutes than most preachers would say in an hour.  We will never forget the fun we had with Ruben and Grace.  He adored Grace, I'm glad we will see him soon in heaven. From Mike and Joyce Snyder"

This tribute was added by Sharon Musser on 18th October 2012


This tribute was added by Pam Leass on 15th October 2012

"So sorry to hear of Ruben's passing. My heart and prayers are with you at this time. I'm at a loss of words, but wanted to let you all know my thoughts are with you during this time. What a beautiful memorial...thanks for sharing your families lives at this very hard time! Thinking of all of you!!!"

This tribute was added by Lisa Baer on 12th October 2012

"What a beautiful memorial page!  I love the family pictures. Grace, I am so sorry for Ruben's passing, but I know he is with you in spirit.  I am thinking of you, and praying for you."

This tribute was added by Pam Brodman on 11th October 2012

"Grace and Girls.  Ruben was such a kind heart and loving soul.  Although it is painful now, know that he lives on in each of you.  Grace my heart aches for you saying goodbye to the love of your live is hard.  But he is with you always.  Doug has been gone for 20 years and I still feel his presence with me.  Blessings Pam Zimmerly Brodman"

This tribute was added by Sunshine Griffin on 10th October 2012

"How blessed I  was to have met Grace and Ruben about 7 years ago?  It seems like I've known them forever!  They adopted me as their own & were there for me during a difficult divorce, reminded me my value & worth in Jesus Christ.They loved me when I didn't feel lovable & they surrounded me & my 3 children w/ the love of God.  I will miss Ruben so much & his words. I love you Grace & Ruben."

This tribute was added by Karen Haynes on 8th October 2012

"Dear Grace, Daughters & Fam. -- Our entire family was shocked and saddened by the news of Ruben's passing.  We have so many dear memories of him and you -- you are like part of our families and in Christ we are truly related.  Know that our prayers are with you as Christ continues to console and minister to you all, knowing that we all be with the Lord soon.  --Love from Ted, Karen & Fam."

This tribute was added by J Krantz on 6th October 2012

"Grace, Rochelle, Renee and families, Sorry to hear that Ruben died.   Our thoughts and prayers are with you.  What a wonderful way to memorialize your loved one.   The pictures showed your beautiful family over the years.  May your faith, family, and friends give you strength during this difficult time.  Judy and Dan"

This tribute was added by Veronica Werlinder on 6th October 2012

"Thank you Uncle Ruben for giving me pride and joy over being a Johnsson. You were one of a few key persons in my life who made me feel special and seen at an age when that was so important. Later in life you welcomed my husband Robert into the family with your usual kindness. That was important to me.
I love you and Auntie Grace, Rachelle and Renee! Hugs!!"

This tribute was added by Christie Huckle on 6th October 2012

"Dear Grace, Rachelle and Renee (& famly)
         Our hearts ache for you and what you are going through. I am so thankful to know that Ruben loved the Lord! I have so many wonderful memories of Ruben, all of you really! We Love you and will be praying that God will bring you what ever you need. I am sure Cindy would have been waiting for him! Love The Huckle Family."

This tribute was added by Karen Zelch on 6th October 2012

"It was amazing growing up we would have no idea Grace and Ruben were comming, than Grandma would call and tell us they were stopping in. No matter what else was planed for the day we would make sure to get there. As Ruben and Grace would tell us amazing storys that in the logic of this world were sure to fail, but with Christ they turned out wonderfully. Plus he would pray for our pain."

This tribute was added by Caroline Eklund on 6th October 2012

"Dear Grace and Daughters, All of you have been close to my family (the Haynes Family) for many, many years. We have shared so many special occasions together, and sad ones too.  I thank you and Ruben for always being there for my Mom (Hortense Haynes). You are in our prayers as you go through this difficult time. Ruben is having a good conversation with my Mom, rejoicing with our Lord."

This tribute was added by Ron and Sue Atkins on 6th October 2012

"There is no greater legacy than that of a life poured out for Jesus. We've come to know and love Ruben and Grace as hearts joined in a common goal--to strengthen and bless the Family of God.  What a joy to recount the many lives they have touched for the Kingdom.  Our hearts are saddened by Ruben's passing, but we are encouraged to know that we will meet again at Jesus' feet."

This tribute was added by marilyn tippel on 5th October 2012

"dear Grace and daughters. My love and prayers be with you. I shall never forget your wonderful husbnd and father. The last time I say Reuben was when he sang at Henry's funeral "The Light House". They will sing this song together now. They are HOME. Thank you for sharing Reuben with us. My thoughts and prayers with you all"

This tribute was added by Carl & Faye Johnson on 5th October 2012

"Our hearts are saddened to hear of our Precious Ruben 's passing but rejoicing to know that he is with Jesus. He was a wonderful friend & brother and always up for a laugh and good conversation. We will miss him and his unique personality.May God Bless You Today, Tomorrow and Always.You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love and Hugs Carl & Faye XOXO"

This tribute was added by Carolyn Dahms on 5th October 2012

"" I will always remember the kindness of Rueben and Grace over the years as their neighbor. Rueben always had a smile for everyone.
He is now rejoicing in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.""

This tribute was added by Maria Beck on 5th October 2012

"My parents, Ted and Hortense Haynes, met Ruben and Grace when they started attending Ash Avenue A/G.  We remember Ruben's passion for sharing the gospel and singing God's praises.  These two couples seemed to be there for each other throughout their friendship, the last time being when Ruben and Grace were with us at our mother's side at her passing.  Now they are together once again."

This tribute was added by Linda O'Neil on 5th October 2012

"We will all miss Ruben. I remember him for his passion in sharing his love of our Lord Jesus Christ. He always prayed such wonderful prayers at our family dinners. May he rest in peace and may God's Peace be with your family as you grieve your loss."

This tribute was added by Ron Callahan on 5th October 2012

"I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Ruben!  I met Ruben and Grace through our dear friend Goldie Reynolds, who is now rejoicing with Ruben in Heaven.  

My thoughts and prayers are with his lovely wife Grace and beautiful daughters at this very difficult time in their lives."

This tribute was added by philip johnsson on 5th October 2012

"My Uncle Ruben was a man who always searched for empathy when we met and talked.  He encouraged.  He imparted wisdom thru stories.  He joked and tried to make those around him smile.  He was an uncle who left me with many wonderful memories, from childhood thru adulthood.  I love you Uncle Ruben."

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