Richard “Dick” Russell Johnson, age 76, of Burnsville, died Monday, July 2, 2012 at the Apple Valley Care Center in Apple Valley, as a result of bile duct cancer.
He was born Oct. 9, 1935, in Nevis, MN, the son of Carl and Dorothy (Fairchild) Johnson.
Richard graduated from Nevis High School in 1953. He attended the University of Minnesota, and then graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University, and a master’s degree from St. Cloud State University.
Richard served in the US Army as a corporal and was stationed in Fort Richardson, AK.
He married LuAnn Carlson June 30, 1956, in Stockholm, MN. They lived in Litchfield, Bemidji, Baudette, Richfield, and Burnsville.
Dick started his teaching career in 1959, as a business education teacher at Baudette High School. He was hired by Richfield High School in 1964, where he also served as the annual, newspaper, and OEA advisor. He retired in 1993.
Volunteering was important to him, whether it was helping a neighbor or serving on a committee. He was a member of MBEI, NBEA, REA and MEA.
Dick and LuAnn were members of Prince of Peace Church in Burnsville, where Dick served on several committees and boards.
Dick enjoyed life, and had many interests including traveling, fishing, gardening, genealogy, polka music, and following all of the Minnesota sports teams.
He leaves his wife of 56 years, LuAnn (Carlson) Johnson; his children, Sheila (Eric) Opsal, Jennifer Johnson, and Rick (Hollie) Johnson; his grandchildren, Laura (Ben) McMullan, Katie (Brian) Keepers, Amy Opsal, Andrew Opsal, Kjersten Johnson, Anders Johnson, and Lilja Johnson; a brother, Deane (Lorna) Johnson; a sister, Sharon Ness; and sisters-in-law Joyce Carlson and Margie Krueger.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Dorothy Johnson; a sister and her husband, Dorothy (Don) Vollman; and in-laws Rollie (Norma) Carlson, Carleton “Coty” Carlson, John “Beezie” Carlson and Norm Krueger.
A celebration of life service took place Saturday, July 7 at 11 a.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Private interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.