RICHARD “Dick” JOHNSON

R. Johnson WebphotoDick Johnson, of Mora, owner of Johnson’s Hardware in Mora, died on Monday, January 20, 2014.  He was 64 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 30th at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora.  Rev. Douglas Larson will officiate.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora (with Mason Service at 7:45 p.m.); plus 1 hour visitation prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

Memorials are preferred to Kanabec County Ministerial Fund or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital lieu of flowers.

Richard E. Johnson “Dick” was born, grew up, worked, married, raised a family, and retired all in Mora, MN.  He was born Sept. 29, 1949 to Arvid and Lillian (Thompson) Johnson.  Dick’s interest in cars was jumpstarted at an early age at Tinker and Johnson, his father’s dealership.  Following graduation from Mora High School, Dick attended Pine Tech where he studied automotives while continuing to work alongside his father. 

In their teens, Dick and Patty Larson both worked at the Paradise Theatre in town.  Dick was the projectionist and Patty was the counter girl.  They married in 1971.  Together they raised three children, Matthew, David, and Melinda.  In the late 70s, Dick purchased the Coast to Coast store from Vern and Marie Anderson and began his hardware career.  When the National Tea store vacated, Dick purchased it and moved the business, known as Johnson’s Hardware, to where it continues to operate and expand under the proprietorship of sons, Matt and Dave.

Dick believed in community involvement and input.  He sponsored youth sports.  In his younger years, he was active in the Kanabec Conservation Club.  Dick served 8 years on the Mora City Council, was active on the HRA board, as well as Kanabec Citizens for Responsible Education.  Dick believed in participation in politics at the grass roots level and citizen participation in policies that affect us all.  He dedicated much time and effort to causes he believed in and always stood up for what he believed was right.  He was a Mason and a member of Grace Lutheran Church.    

Dick touched many lives throughout his years and stories abound.  Most remember his presence in the hardware store where he could always be found to help you out with your project, or just share in a cup of coffee.

One of Dick’s passions was vintage cars.  Even before Dick was old enough to drive, he received his first car – a 1936 Plymouth sedan. It was a gift to him from his grandmother. It was his pride and joy.  Dick restored it and customized it, himself.  He loved driving it, showing it, and talking about it.  He was a member of the MN Street Rod Association and looked forward to his yearly trip to the ‘Back to the Fifties’ extravaganza at the MN Fairgrounds. Dick loved the outdoors, trips to the deer camp with family and friends, riding his 4-wheeler in the woods with his dog, driving his tractor, tinkering with old vehicles, funny movies and so many more things.

But most of all, he loved his family and spending time with them playing, laughing, sharing, talking, and helping.  He was very proud of all his children. Dick passed away on Monday, January 20, 2014 at the age of 64. 

Dick is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Doug. 

Dick is survived by his wife, Patty, daughter, Melinda (Duane), sons, Matt (Jenn), and David (Candace) with grandchildren, Emily “Hazel” and Katie; sisters, Le (David) Linder of Oak Harbor, WA and Roxanne (John) Vaughn of McLean, VA as well as several nieces and nephews.

Dick will be deeply missed by his family and friends.  Just as the longstanding Zetterberg Building has recently left a void in our landscape, so it is with Dick in our hearts.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Douglas Larson officiating.  A Memorial Visitation will be held on Wed. Jan 29th from 5- 8 pm at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home with a Masonic Service at 7:45pm.  Music will be provided by Betty Smith. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Kanabec Country Ministerial Fund or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

 

28 guestbook entries for RICHARD “Dick” JOHNSON

  1. Liz Towle January 21, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    Dick was a good, honorable man. He will be missed by so many…. Love and prayers to the Johnson’s.

  2. Jim OBrien-Tina Bartheidel January 21, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    Our condolences. We are sorry too hear about your loss.

  3. Gayla Olson January 21, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    My heart goes out to all of you. Dick was such a kind and helpful man. He will be missed by MANY! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  4. Red Fredrickson January 21, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    Yes Dick was a Good Honorable man , He was rite their to help you out . If you needed a mower or a 25 cent O-ring he took what ever time it took to help you ! And he always said thank you , He let you know your business meant something to him . And he was really good about standing behind what he sold to. He will be missed my so many . But I know he is proud to look down and know his family will do the same great job he always did

  5. Francie Grahn Fletcher January 22, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    Dick was such a great guy. I had so much fun with him at the Mora pool and of course who can forget when he ran the movies at the Paradise Theater. So much fun and such a fun-filled guy. My sympathies go out to the family and especially Patty.

  6. Sharon kaliszewski-lewellin January 22, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    My thoughts and prayers for strength are with you Patty and family.

  7. Jessie (Harman) Collison January 22, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    We were so shocked to hear of Dick’s death. Am so glad we got to visit with you both at the reunion. Please know you have our deepest sympathy and prayers.

  8. Ted Harris January 22, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    I had my first job at Coast to coast hardware,very greatful for all I learned while working there. Dick was a good guy who took the time to teach me alot about work ethic, and all things related to the hardware business.Thoughts and prayers to his family.

  9. Gene Nelson January 22, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    So sorry to hear about Dick. I was bought my first van from him when he was working for the dealership and was there for his and Patty’s wedding.
    He will be greatly missed in Mora.

  10. Karyl Helmbrecht January 22, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    So sorry to hear about Dick, Jeff always enjolyed going into the hardware store to talk with Dick about his sheep. He was always there to help you out with whatever you needed.

  11. Lori Theis Berg January 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    I am so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He was a wonderful guy and will be missed by all. My deepest sympathy to Patty and family.

  12. Charlene (Wilkening) Douglas January 22, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    I knew Dick as a smiling and friendly person not only from Mora High School, but also from Grace Lutheran Church. My sympathy to all of his family, and most of all to his wife, Patty (Larson) Johnson.

  13. Nancy Olsen January 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    Was so sorry to hear of Dicks passing. I have many memories of our childhood. Dick and my brother Gary Grimm were together as well as LuAnn Krinkie and myself played lots of Kick the Can. Dick was a great guy and will indeed be missed. Our sympathy to Patty and family. I called Gary tonight and he couldn’t believe it either You are all in our prayers.

  14. Dick & Peg Roesler January 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    Our deepest sympathy to the family of Dick Johnson. He was always a pleasure to be around & in spite of his health problem we never heard him complain. He will be missed by many of us in Mora. God Bless his family. Dick & Peg

  15. Gary Raasch January 22, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    Patty, we are deeply saddened by the news of Dick’s passing, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  16. Linda Dalbey January 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm #

    I am so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. I’ve known Dick since we were in 5th grade in Mr Martin’s class. He will be missed. My prayers for his wife and family.

  17. Sandi Johnson Frankie January 22, 2014 at 11:57 pm #

    I had such a nice talk with Dick at our class reunion last September, it is just so hard to believe he is gone now. Thoughts and prayers with Patty, Lee, and Roxanne. My sincere sympathy. Sandi

  18. Denise Akkerman January 23, 2014 at 5:55 am #

    I was sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He will be greatly missed by the community. My thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.

  19. Cassandra Kitchenmaster January 23, 2014 at 8:28 am #

    My condolences on your loss. Thoughts are with the family.

  20. arlan stromberg January 23, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Dick and I had some fun times together growing up in Mora, riding our bikes around town, etc..so sorry to hear he passed away. Our sympathy to his family….Arlan and Janet Stromberg, Zack, Matt and Corinne

  21. Robert Childress January 23, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Dick’s sudden passing. Many of my memories growing up in Mora involve Dick and his family. Dick and I were in the same Cub Scout Den. And of course, Dick’s mother, Lil was our Den Mother. We met at the old Johnson house on Watkins.
    My most sincere and deepest sympathy to the entire Johnson family.
    Robert Childress
    Sewanee, TN.

  22. gary and pat stark Mesa, AZ January 23, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    We were so saddened by the news of Dick’s passing. He was a very kind and thoughtful person. We appreciated his presence at our brother’s memorial. Our condolences to his family.

  23. Lu Ann (Krinke) Fletcher January 23, 2014 at 11:57 pm #

    My life in Mora is filled with Dick stories. He always found a place for two to hide for kick the can because I was scared to hide alone. He shared his baseball glove with me, taught me to climb trees and sent me down the hill by Strombecks in his soapbox car with no brakes. He told me to jump from my dad’s truck garage into the snow, he then had to pull me out and dig out my boots. We didn’t ask before we picked pansies from Edna’s flowerbed and he always got top bunk in the knotty pine room. We slept in refrigerator boxes in the summer and when we went to the cabin we would catch long ugly leeches. We argued who owned the hill between our houses, when we were old enough to mow I was glad it was his. We played Annie Annie Over using their garage and smoked a cigarette in the rafters of the same garage when we were “older”. He told me guys could be cads. When he called and said come to the front door, I knew he was in trouble with Arvid and Lil, the last time being when he his cut his hair himself before graduation, it was such a mess Minnie had to shave his head. I moved to Mpls, and when I wanted my first car, Dick found it for me. I cherish our days on Watkins Street. Patty, Roxie and Bev praying for strength and peace during these difficult days. Lu Ann, Onalaska, WI

  24. Bob & Sue Kulbeik January 27, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    So sorry for your loss.

    Bob & Sue
    Mohagen’s Hardware
    Elbow Lake, MN

  25. Russ and Violet Adams January 27, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    We were very sad to hear Dick’s passing. I enjoyed the years that I worked for Dick in the hardware store. Dick was a good friend. Our sympathy to Patty and the family.

  26. Carla (Smith) Rowland January 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    Patty – Danny and I are so sorry to hear about Dick. I think of my time at Coast to Coast, often and with fawned memories. Working with at the store was one of my favorite jobs. Of course that was awhile back, my last inventory there, you were pregnant, remember? Dick taught me a lot of things and was always very good to the customers. Our thoughts are with you.
    Carla and Danny Rowland

  27. John and Barb Lindblom January 29, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    So shocked to hear of Dick’s passing. Just saw him about three weeks ago sitting on his stool in the store drinking coffee. It does not seem real. Our thoughts are with you, Patty and family, at this difficult time. Dick will be missed. Sincerely, John and Barb

  28. Mike McCarty February 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    I was so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. It wasn’t that long ago we were chatting at the Coop and decided it was time to get the guys together for one more card game. It would have been a blast sitting down again around the table swapping stories. Most of the best stories involved “Dick the Knife’. You are in our thougths and prayers during this difficult time.

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