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Richard Ernest Johnson

1927 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Richard Ernest Johnson Obituary
Johnson, Richard Ernest
After 88 years of loving service, Richard Ernest Johnson, has left the planet and begun his great Paradise Adventure! He will soon be reunited with his beloved wife, Peggy McMahon Johnson who preceded him in death 14 years prior. Dick, as known to most of his friends (Dad to us) was born November 2nd 1927 in Palo Alto, California, to Ernest and Helen Johnson, and left for Paradise on July 18th 2016. Richard is preceded in death by his son, Michael Johnson, his parents, Ernest & Helen; and the love of his life Peggy; his Brothers Jimmy & Tony, and sister Sharon. He is survived by his four remaining children, Karen Johnson Allen, Richard Johnson, Leslie Johnson, Sheri Johnson Moore and grandchildren Kerri Johnson, Brendan Allen, Jeremy Allen, Nicholas Allen, Tristan Allen, Joshua Moore and Samantha Moore. Dick and Peggy were married in 1950. Theirs is a powerful testimony of how Spirit can change your life no matter how far you've drifted into darkness. Dick joined Al-Anon in 1971 and Peggy joined AA in 1972. And to make matters sweeter, "The Urantia Book" found him in a bookstore in 1972. And so their spiritual transformation began. In 1974 Dick & Peggy helped found the "Faith House - Villa de Fidelis," a shelter for women and children of violent alcoholics. Today the organization has grown into multiple agencies and is called "Stepping Stones" and "Little Candle Community" for adolescents; and in 1977 Peggy and Dick helped found "Gifts-Anon," and inspirational 12-step related book and gifts shop. It was a frequent habit of his to bring home strays (hitch-hikers). Dad would counsel them, help them find work, put them up and feed them for a night if need be. After his spiritual transformation his Law practice went from litigation to arbitration, quite often counseling couples into reconciliation rather than officiating their divorce. He turned countless souls onto a more spiritual path. Dick and Peggy hosted a Urantia Book study group for 45 years. They were instrumental in forming the Grand Canyon Urantia Society. He served on the General Council of the Urantia Book Fellowship from 1994 to 2001. He stepped down to take care of our Mom. To sum up Dick's life, "Service" was his watchword. Dick donated his remains to science, and a memorial service will be held at a later date where friends & family will gather and celebrate his brilliant life. In lieu of Flowers, Dick Johnson asks that donations be made to the Urantia Book Fellowship, PO Box 6631, Broomfield, CO 80021
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 24, 2016
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