Richard Johnson

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 27, 2010

Richard Donald Johnson, 82, of Austin died at his home Tuesday evening, May 25, 2010.  
He was born Nov. 11, 1927 to Alfred and Almeda (McDonald) Johnson in Madison, S.D. where he grew up and graduated from high school. He attended Dunwoody Institute for one year and received his boiler’s license. Moving to Austin in 1946, he went to work for Milwaukee Railroad. He entered the US Army in 1950 stationed in Fort Sill, Okla. He married Betty Lien on Nov. 28, 1951 in Mason City, Iowa. They made their home in Austin. After Richard’s honorable discharge in 1953, he returned to work on the Milwaukee Road where he retired in 1988. A member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 50 years with the Masons, Knights Templar and Royal Arch Masons, American Legion and the Eagle’s Club, Richard also enjoyed bowling, crossword puzzles and fishing. He was an avid do-it-yourselfer.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Johnson of Austin; one son, Rick (Chris) Johnson of Eagan; two daughters, Jill (Michael) Novak of Las Vegas, Nev. and Sue (Reggie) Smart of Ham Lake; two grandchildren, Nick and Kerry; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bill and Ed; and two sisters, Ruth Marie and Marilyn.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 28, 2010, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Glenn Monson officiating and military rites by American Legion Post 91. Friends may greet the family for one hour prior to the service. 
Arrangements are by Worlein Funeral Home.
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