|Above, President Sherilyn Emberton at the Foundation annual dinner. At top, shown, left to right, are Ed Vessels, Foundation president; Barbara Johnson; Ralph Johnson, award recipient; and President Sherilyn Emberton.|
HUNTINGTON, Ind. — The Huntington University Foundation
honored local business owner Ralph Johnson on Thursday evening with the
Distinguished Service Award. He was recognized with a framed citation
during the Foundation’s 75th anniversary dinner.
think we picked an excellent 75th anniversary, 2013 Distinguished
Service Award recipient,” Foundation President Ed Vessels said after
presenting Johnson with the award.
The Huntington University
Foundation established this award in 2002 to recognize individuals or
organizations that embody the principles associated with the mission of
the university. Recipients are chosen because they give substance and
credence to the university’s beliefs, make significant contributions to
the Huntington County community and serve as effective role models for
As a noted businessman in the Huntington community,
Johnson grew his father’s old gas and oil distribution business from two
trucks into a thriving company — today with two divisions, wholesale
distribution and retail.
Now retired, the company is run by
Johnson’s children, Ryan and Darlene. Ryan runs the wholesale division
which is operated as Johnson Petroleum, Inc., and Darlene runs the
retail division which is operated as Johnson Junction, Inc. Today, the
wholesale division has four retail locations as well as a quick lube
station, a truck stop/wash, and a warehouse. The retail division
operates five gas stations/convenience stores, and the company employs
more than 60 individuals.
Since 1938, the Huntington University
Foundation has assisted Huntington County residents who attend
Huntington University through the annual Huntington County Grant and
endowed scholarships. To celebrate the historic 75th anniversary, the
Foundation is planning special events throughout the year, including the
monthly breakfast series and a giving drive to raise $75,000 for
“We want to honor and celebrate our 75th with this special amount,” Vessels said.