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Richard H. â€śDickâ€ť Johnson, 81, of South Whitley, died at 5:33 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne where he was admitted Monday following a stroke.
He was born Sept. 25, 1931 in Speedway, a son of K. Harold and Mary P. (Phillips) Johnson.
At the age of five, the family moved to South Whitley. He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1949.
On Aug. 7, 1952, he entered the U.S. Army and served at the Army Parts Depot, Columbus, OH. He was released from active duty on Aug. 6, 1954. On Aug. 16, 1953, was united in marriage to Donna J. Seiber. They made their home in South Whitley later moving to Columbia City for two years before returning to South Whitley.
He was a former owner of Johnson Brothers Sign Company, South Whitley. After his retirement in 1995, he joined Stumps/Shindigz as a part-time employee driving their local trucks.
An avid golfer, he also enjoyed IU basketball and followed the Whitko Wildcats basketball team. He attended The Chapel, Fort Wayne, and loved spending time with his special great granddaughter, Hadley.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 59 years, Donna; two daughters, Terri (Paul) Engelberth of Suwanee, Ga. and Cindy (Tim) Grant of South Whitley; grandchildren, Nate (Abigail) Engelberth, Brandon Engelberth, Haley Engelberth, Abby Engelberth, Joseph (Renee) Grant, Chelsey Grant; a great-granddaughter, Hadley Grant and two sisters, Marianne (Terry) Duggins of Cicero and Vicki Sheppard of North Manchester. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Howard.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley with Pastor Rick Hawks of The Chapel officiating. The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery with the Whitley County Korean War Veterans Honor Guard presenting honors. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimerâ€™s Association. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.