Dick 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.