|Richard L. Johnson|
|November 02, 1932 - September 21, 2010|
|Taylor Ridge, Illinois|
|Memorial Service: 10 am, Saturday, September 25, 2010 at Edgington Presbyterian Church|
|Visitation: 4-8 pm, Friday, September 24, 2010 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan, IL|
|Interment: Inurnment will be at a later date. , at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island |
|Richard L. Johnson, 77, of Taylor Ridge, died Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at his home. Memorial services will be 10 am Saturday at the Edgington Presbyterian Church, Edgington, IL. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 pm at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th Avenue, Milan. Inurnment will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island at a later date, where military rites will be conducted. Memorials may be made to the Edgington Presbyterian Church.|
Richard Lee Johnson was born in Lafayette, Indiana on November 2nd, 1932, the son of Joseph H. Johnson and Hazel V. Gustus Johnson. He married Sharon L. Rylander on May 31, 1958 in Moline. She preceded him in death on October 17, 1993. Later Richard married Beverly E. Ellison-Wilson on November 2, 1996 in Rock Island. Mr. Johnson worked as the Head of Production Engineering at the Rock Island Arsenal for 31 years, retiring in 1987. He was also a farmer.
Richard graduated in 1956 from Purdue University with degrees in Agricultural Engineering and Industrial Engineering. There he was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Rochdale Co-Op House. His advanced degrees are from the University of Iowa in Industrial Management. Richard was an U S Army veteran who was proud to have served in ROTC, the 3rd Army Air Corp, and the 5th Army.
Mr. Johnson was a member of the Edgington Presbyterian Church. His professional memberships include, the Manufacturing Engineers of the Quad Cities in which he had served as Chapter President, National Member of the Manufacturing Engineers, National Association of the Agricultural Engineers of America and the National Association of the Mechanical Engineers of America. Richard was a Mason of the Blue Lodge and was a member of the Pine Village, IN Masonic Lodge No. 315 AF & AM and the Masonic Lodge of Williamsport, IN. He later became a 32nd Degree Mason and was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Moline, KAABA Shrine in Davenport, IA and the NRA. Richard was an amateur gunsmith and genealogist, who studied his Swedish Heritage with great pride. He had also served as the Rockridge Band Boosters President and was a 4-H Parent.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly; sons and their spouses, Eric and Brenda Johnson, Maple Park, IL, Kent and Pam Johnson, Reynolds, Kyle and Tara Johnson, Reynolds; step children and their spouses, Kristine and Chris Potter, Texas, Thomas and Rachel Wilson, Los Angeles, Lynda and Ken Sangston, Texas; grandchildren, Kortney, Hillary, Kristin, Nick, Erica, Aaron and Abby.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.wheelanpressly.com
Dick was a wonderful person and so interesting to talk to. I remember him when we attended Support Group (a support group for those of us who had lost a loved one) at Trinity Medical Center. May God Bless Dick's family. Juanita Nelson Farrell, formerly of Orion, IL and now Des Moines area.
-- Juanita NelsonFarrell, Berwick, IA
Thinking of you all and very sorry for your loss.
-- Janet (Watson) Clark
So glad to have spent time with Dick and sister Bev last month. I will always cherish that time and keep pleasant memories of Dick. Hope there is catfish and mashed potatoes with gravy in heaven. My love for my sister Bev is never ending. You are one of a kind,special. Love ya a bunch, Jeannine
-- Jeannine Jaeger
Thank you Mr. Johnson for your service to our country.
-- Paul Fredenburg
My prayers are with you all. May God comfort and strenthen you at this time of sorrow.
-- Dorothy Staples
Eric and family, we are sorry for your loss. We are thinking about you during this difficult time.
-- Julie and Gary Brown
God's richest blessings to all and may He hold you ever so gently in the palm of His hand. Know that all at New Hope are thinking and praying for you at this time. Deepest sympathy to you. Peace and love...
-- Pastor Jeanette "PJ" Thorp
To the Johnsons, our neighbors, our heartfelt condolences go out to you. As we write this, we can hear someone picking corn across the road. The living must continue to live to honor those who have passed.
-- Clint and Martie Dixon
Dear Bev, Kyle, Kent, Erik, and families,
We regret that we are not able to attend the visitation this evening. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Bill and I have wonderful memories of times spent with Dick. He will be missed by many.
Thinking of you,
-- LaRee and Bill Wells
'Shoulda Bought' will be greatly missed. I liked Richard and admired him a lot. All those degrees and such. He was truly one of the great ones.
And with all those academic accolades, he still wanted to be a farmer. Goes to show how wise he was as well.
Hang in there, Eric, Kent and Kyle. You had a great mentor.
No one is ever really 'gone' when we keep remembering them.
God Bless You.
-- Gregory Oak
Eric and family. Very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
-- Steve Albertson