OBITUARIES: Richard D. 'Dick' Johnson


ADAMS - Richard D. "Dick" Johnson, 81, of Adams died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, at his home. A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Athena.

Mr. Johnson was born Jan. 11, 1927, to Melba and Oswald Johnson. He married Ellyn Roudebush in 1957 in Iowa, and they lived in Poynette, Wisc., until 1977 when he and the family moved to Adams.

He served his country in the Navy on three different tank landing ships (LSTs), the last one being the 1083 during World War II, and in the Army during the Korean War as a military policeman. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the VFW Post No. 922 in Pendleton and the Athena American Legion Post No. 130, where he was a past Vice Commander. He belonged to the Pendleton Lions Club until he became a charter member of the Weston-Athena Lions Club in June of 2008. He also was active in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Athena, and the LST Association in Oregon.

The Adams community was very important to him and he served three terms as councilman and as director of the city park. He was instrumental in establishing the Adams Neighborhood Watch Program and received recognition from the Umatilla County Sheriffs Rural Neighborhood Watch Program on August 5, 2008. He was voted Volunteer of the Year for the City of Adams in December of 2006.

His hobbies included Ham radio, in which he attained the rank of extra class with his call sign WD7E, the Green Bay Packers, the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks, his pond, fishing (especially for sturgeon), hunting, traveling in the motorhome, the Civil War and crossword puzzles.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Ellyn; children Bobby Lee of Golden, Colo., Jeff of Pendleton, Norlinda of Poynette, Wisc., Lorene of Stoughton, Wisc., Stacy of Footville, Wisc., and Timothy of Union; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son Rick, his parents and grandparents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Weston/Athena Lions Club in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.

Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.


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