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Richard W. JOHNSON

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Age 93, of St. Paul Passed Away Peacefully on June 24th He was a beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and adoring husband to Mary Jane (George) for 68 years. He was raised in Winnetka, Illinois to Robert Clark and Alicia (Weidner) Johnson. He graduated from New Trier High School and attended Northwestern University and Chicago University, and received a B.S. in math. He was a WWII veteran and served in the Air Force Reserves for 25 years reaching the rank of Major. Dick worked in sales and service as the owner of Midwest Heating and Cooling for over 40 years. He was an avid fisherman, piano player, golfer, photographer, and was admired for his compassion, loving nature, and his ability to spin a good gitche gumee tale around the campfire at the Aitkin cabin. He was preceded in death by his siblings Gil, Bob, and Lois, and his daughter Linda. Dick is survived by his wife Mary Jane, his son Kirk (Marilyn), three daughters Alicia Andre (Roger), Beth Johnson and Gail Rudberg (Tom); his grandchildren Brett (Giovanna), Blair(Claire) Elizabeth (Ryan), Parker, Amelia, Charlie, Luke, Adair, and great-grand-daughter Charlotte; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, countless other relatives and friends. The family would like to express their extreme gratitude to the quality care of the Wellington staff and numerous friends who made his last years comfortable and enjoyable. He loved to sing, whistle, tell stories, and had a great zest for life. Everyone loved him and he will be missed. A memorial service will be held honoring Dick's life on Saturday August 24th, 11 am at Falcon Heights United Church of Christ. A reception will be held following the ceremony in the gathering room. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the Children's Hospital Guild and YMCA Camp Du Nord.

Published in Pioneer Press on June 30, 2013
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