DENISON - Richard A. Johns, 85, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at his daughter's house in Richardson.|
Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday at Bratcher Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday at Waples Memorial United Methodist Church in Denison with Dr. Roy Spore officiating. Burial will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman, Texas.
Richard was born on December 3, 1928 in Cameron, Texas, the son of William Henry Johns and Ida Andrews Johns. He grew up in Cameron and graduated Yoe High School, Cameron. He attended the University of Texas, Austin (1946-1950 with a B.A. degree; had two years of service in the Army (Korean Police Action) in San Francisco, Calif. at Letterman Army Hospital and he earned a Master of Arts in Bacteriology from the University of Texas, Austin.
He married Patricia A. Anderson June 11, 1955 in San Francisco, Calif. He taught Biology at Adamson High School, Dallas, Texas from September 1955 to August 1957; started with Pillsbury Mills, Inc. in Denison August 1957 as Q. C. Chemist. His career with Pillsbury continued for thirty-five years, having served as Q. C. Manager, Q. A. Manager and Technical Services Manager. He retired September 1992.
He was active at Waples Memorial United Methodist Church, serving on the Administrative Board, Sunday school teacher, and Scoutmaster of Troop 605 for twenty two years. In scouting he received the Silver Beaver Award and Church, Life & Family Award of the Methodist church. He had 61 scouts to reach the rank of Eagle Scout and 20 scouts to earn the God and Country Award.
He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Sherman. In the mid-70's he was elected to three years on the Denison School Board. The last year he served as Board President. He was elected to three years on the Grayson County School Board. He has been a member of the Denison Lions Club since 1993.
During his working years he belonged to Institute of Food Technologists, American Microbiological Society and the American Society for Quality Control (Certified Quality Engineer).
He is survived by sons Michael R. Johns & wife Vicki of Leesburg, Texas, Paul B. Johns & wife Carol of San Antonio, Texas; daughter Lori A. Jones & husband Tommy of Richardson, Texas; grandchildren Chris & Molly, Adrienne, Harland Johns, Darby Johns, Erica & Ben Annotti, Rachel & Kyle Jones.
He is preceded in death by his parents; Patricia, his wife of 58 years and brother Fred Johns.
Personal condolences may be made at www.bratcherfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Herald Democrat on July 10, 2014