Richard A Johnson
(1921 - 2017)

Richard A Johnson
Nickname: Dick

May 28, 1921

November 28, 2017

Richard Johnson came into the world on May 28, 1921 and then was born into eternal life on November 28, 2017 at the age of exactly 96 1/2. He was preceded by his wife Margaret and succeeded by his two sons Mike and Vince and his two daughters Barb and Sue. In addition to his children and loving in-laws, his legacy includes 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren all of whom loved him dearly and looked up to him as a model of a great human being. He came from simple and somewhat troubled means having lived in a poor house at age 17. Despite those headwinds, he attended Drexel University with the Air Force to train as an engineer. As World War II was entering the final stages, all students were sent to the front. He suffered as a prisoner of war in Germany, but was freed by the Allied troops in 1945. He married the love of his life, Margaret Kornek in 1948 in Minneapolis and moved to San Diego where he worked as a pressman. Though he never finished his degree at Drexel, he received an award from the President of Drexel in 2010 for sacrificing his education for the defense of his country. Though he never lived extravagantly, he died a wealthy man due to his hard work and frugality. In addition to the generosity he showed his family, he supported many charities and for over 60 years, he was an active member of the parish of St. Martins in La Mesa. He was a humble man leaving a soft footprint on the world in terms of his needs, but leaving a large footprint in terms of his love and dedication to his family and country. He is one of the last members of the Great Generation and he will be missed by the many people he touched.

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We still think about every day and miss you every day. You left us with many great memories. We love you - Steve and Sue
Steve and Sue Gormican
November 30th, 2018
Great Uncle Dick was a kind man. As children I remember heading to the house with the big Weeping Willow Tree. I remember the comic strips cut outs he would always send my mom. I'm very sad to have not seen him in his later years. Its been a difficult year losing our mom too nearly a year ago now. Wow what a ruckus they are all creating up in heaven. I can see it now... I miss you Uncle Dick and Aunt Margaret too. Blessings
Jeanine Gaston (Great Neice)
December 19th, 2017
Mr. Johnson's passing has moved me in an unexpected way, as is the love that is expressed on his behalf. Thank you to him for going before us and showing us the way. To all of the Johnson family, our sincerest condolences.
Martha Harold
December 10th, 2017
Thank you for advising me of the death of my Uncle Dick Johnson. As some of you may or may not know, my father Ray Johnson was Dick's brother. My father loved Dick very much even tho there was 12 year gap in age. My condolences to the family.
Rest in Peace Uncle Dick
Jerry Johnson (Nephew)
December 9th, 2017
My deepest condolences are extended to the Johnson family for the loss of your dear loved one. Although I cannot understand the pain you are going through, please be assured that our loving God does and will raise you up with His comforting message of hope in His Word, the Bible. John 5:28, 29 promises that "the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will... come out." How we look forward to the time when we will be able to welcome back our loved ones who have passed on, and death will be completely done away with.
Someone who cares -
December 8th, 2017
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"This candle is to one of the greatest men I've ever known. I loved you Dad."
Steve Gormican
December 5th, 2017
"PLease light a candle for us for Dick..our good neighbor. We will miss him"
Ray & Shan Fox
December 5th, 2017
"Please light a candle for me dedicated to Mr. Johnson. I will always remember him as a gentle man, wise and kind. I will miss him as I do my father."
Rick Rains
December 5th, 2017


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