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Richard D. Johnson

When Homer and Veta Johnson brought Richard Dean Johnson into the world on June 26, 1932 in Aurora, MO they unleashed a soul who would spread laughter and love. A 1950 graduate of Aurora High School he played the trombone in the band and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. His service in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War was followed by completion of a B.S. in Business from Oklahoma State University in 1958. Richard spent his working career as an insurance agent; first with MFA and subsequently with Wausau Insurance from which he retired in 1994 after nearly 40 years. But for people who knew Richard well, these facts pale in comparison to the characteristics that truly defined his life: serving, laughing and loving others. Most notably was his marriage to Avanell Matthew in 1954; an event that united him with the love and light of his life. Richard's optimistic outlook and quick wit empowered him with the ability to bring a smile to the face of anyone, whether he had known them for decades or moments. A faithful member at King's Way United Methodist Church for 50 years, Johnson attended and served with an unwavering commitment. Crosslines was also the beneficiary of his countless volunteer hours of giving. Blessed with an uncanny ability to repair things, his "fix-it" expertise coupled with his "what can I do for you" attitude resulted in more completed projects that helped others than one could count. His spirit of adventure led to travels that spanned the country and the globe and ranged from camping to cruises. The unconditional love he demonstrated for his daughters, Amy Billings, Caryn Ogle and Sara Guest, his nine grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, sister Norma Chapman, sister-in-law Gale Boswell and family members and friends too numerous to mention has ensured that a legacy of love will continue. Richard and Avanell were nearly always mentioned together, (like peanut butter and jelly) and it is therefore fitting that he has now been united with her in heaven where they will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary on March 14. A Celebration of Life service will be held at King's Way United Methodist Church, 2401 S Lone Pine in Springfield, Sat., March 9 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Crosslines and designate on the memo of your check: Memorial to Richard Johnson.

Published in the News-Leader from Mar. 8 to Mar. 10, 2013
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