Ralph Johnson was born in Mayville, North Dakota. He graduated from Mayville High School in 1962, and from Mayville State University in 1966. Ralph taught for 2 years at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota. He taught 6th grade in Hutchinson from 1968 until he retired in 2001. He and his wife, Geri, have 2 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, They both enjoy volunteering in the Hutchinson Community, flower gardening and following all Hutchinson school activities.