Richard L. ‚ÄúDick‚Äù Johnson, 81, of Lamphere Lane, Arkville died Friday, April 4, 2008 at Kingston Hospital.
He was born in Halcott Center on November 19, 1926, son of the late Herbert and Gertrude Fiero Johnson.
Mr. Johnson was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp as a corporal and rifleman. He served in World War II and earned the Good Conduct Medal. He participated in action against the enemy at Okinawa and in Tsingtao, China. He was present at the surrender of Japanese forces in Tsingato, China in October 1945. He was very proud of his service to his country.
He was a native and lifelong area resident. He was a self-employed logger and later worked with Titan Drilling Corp. of Arkville. Many years ago he worked at Rotron and had been a construction worker on the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge in 1955.
Mr. Johnson was a past member of the Arkville and Fleischmanns fire departments. He was also an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Surviving are his first wife, Patricia Benjamin and their daughters, Catherine Johnson of Hannacroix, Janet Stumph of NC, Ann Rogers of Athens and Ellen Edwards of Delhi. Also surviving is his former companion Carrie Ingram and their children Misty Quigley and Elwin Johnson, both of Davenport Center and Wade Johnson of Schenevus. Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Lewis and Milbert and his sister, Elsie Smith.
A memorial gathering to celebrate the life of Mr. Johnson will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 at the Arkville Firehouse.
To light a memorial candle, please visit www.gormleyfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the E.B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main Street, Phoenicia.