Created on Thursday, 12 September 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Richard E. “Dick” Johnson, 71, of Raymond, died early Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, with his family at his side at The Gables at Green Pastures in Marysville, following a short illness.
He was born in Kenton on June 7, 1942, to the late Harold and Betty McColloch Johnson. He also was preceded in death by his wife in 2009, Patty Richie Johnson.
He is survived by two sons, Rick (Mary) Johnson of Marysville and Randy (Ellen) Johnson of Raymond; four grandchildren, Darryl Johnson, Danyelle (Craig) Griffith, Ginny Kleiber and Lauren (Mat) Howell; five great-grandchildren, Derek, Shayne, Presley, Chance and Riley; two brothers, Ron (Betty) Johnson of West Mansfield and Bruce (Karen) Johnson of Raymond; a sister, Debbie (Dave) Nicol of Marysville; a brother-in-law, Robert (Barbara) Richie of Greencamp; a sister-in-law, Mary Belle Cooley of Marysville; two aunts, Blanche Watkins and Ruby Montgomery; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
For 46 years, he was owner and operator of Johnson’s Garage in Raymond. He retired in 2005. For a few years during his career, he also owned the Sinclair filling station in Raymond.
A skilled mechanic and race car builder, he was involved in sprint car racing for many years. In 1984, his race team won the USAC Silver Crown series national championship. He also was a former volunteer with the Liberty Township Fire Department.
He enjoyed trapshooting, hunting and model airplanes.
A loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, he was a trusted man with a reputation of integrity and dependability.
The Rev. Douglas Flinn officiates a funeral at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Raymond United Methodist Church. Burial is beside his wife at Raymond Cemetery. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Underwood Funeral Home, Marysville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Loving Care Hospice or Liberty Township Fire Department.
Express condolences at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.