Friday, October 16th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Emden
10:30 am Saturday October 17, 2020 at the chruch
Davis-Oswald Funeral Homes, Tremont, Delevan and
Richard C. “Dick” Johnson was
welcomed home on Monday, October 12, 2020,
surrounded by his family. Dick was born on April 13,
1936, in Beason, IL, to Carl and Maryetta (Hubbard)
Johnson. He married Mary Ellen Watkins on October
26, 1958. She survives.
Survivors also include children Patricia (Rodney)
Backsmeier, Bloomington, Steve (Lori) Johnson,
Auburn, Julie (Steve) Slayton, Fishersville, VA;
Kimberly (Brent) Carlock, Bloomington and Cindy
(Darin) Schempp, Atlanta.
Grandchildren: Adam (Jodie) Backsmeier, Benjamin
(Jennifer) Backsmeier, Mark (Kate) Backsmeier, Emily
(Ryan) Porter, Logan (Shannon, fiance) Johnson,
Chelsea (Jeromy) Williams, Cody Zeschke, Shelby
Slayton, Mary Carlock, Jamie Carlock, Winton Carlock,
Molly Schempp, and Cavit Schempp.
Great-grandchildren: Luke and Matthew Backsmeier,
Jordan Rosa and Joshua Backsmeier, Grace Backsmeier,
Jayden Acevedo and Rory Porter, Chekyrah Zeschke and
Dick is also survived by one brother, Larry Johnson,
and one sister, Connie (Rich) Becker.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one
brother, Paul Johnson.
Dick graduated from Lincoln High School, Lincoln. He
married Mary, his partner in life, in October of
1958. Two months later he began his service in the
Marine Reserves for 6 years. He was proud to be a
Dick lived a full life as a husband, father, mentor,
and friend. He was a faithful family man who, along
with Mary, built a happy life and loving family.
Dick dearly loved being a farmer, raising chickens,
and Hereford cattle.
You mostly caught Dick in his van,
delivering eggs from The White Feather Farm to
businesses and families serving 3 counties; feeding
(or chasing) the cattle; checking the crops, or just
out for a neighborhood visit.
He was a shining example of how to
celebrate a rich and full life and retired in
September, after 60 years of doing what he loved.
Dick touched many lives and will be remembered for
his sense of humor, sincere smile, a joy for life,
and his unfailing work ethic.
In this last month, Dad taught us patience and
allowed us to show him a small measure of the
service he had long shown all of us.
Well done, well done my good and
faithful one. You have run the race and now you’re
home. Welcome to the place where you belong.
The family wishes to thank Harbor
Lights Hospice for its caring services, and private
caregivers Marilyn, Amanda, and Leesa for their
His Funeral will be at 10:30 am Saturday October 17,
2020 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Emden. Pastor
John Schurter will officiate. Visitation will be on
Friday from 4-7 pm at the church and one hour before
the service on Saturday. Burial will be at Hartsburg
Cemetery. Social distancing and masks are required.
Memorials may be made to:
St. Peter’s Lutheran Preschool
120 Market Street
Emden, IL 62635
7832 N. 100 East Road
Stanford, IL 61774
Atlanta Fire Department
PO Box 513
Atlanta, IL 61723
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