Richard George Johnson
Oct 1, 1932 – Jan 9, 2017
Richard George Johnson, age 84, of Omaha, NE, passed away after a long courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard W. and Marjorie Rubel Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Laurie; daughters, Heather Anne and Carrie Elizabeth of Omaha; son, Corey James and wife Gina Marie, and grandson, Hoyt of St. Paul, MN; sister, Margaret Ann and husband Fred Godfredson of Sergeant Bluff, IA and their children and families.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Saturday, January 21st, 11am at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, (3405 S. 118th St. Private Inurnment, Resurrection Cemetery with military honors by Benson VFW Post 2503. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, Nebraska Humane Society, or charity of one’s choice.
Richard completed his journey on this earth on January 9, 2017. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa on October 1, 1932, where he grew up with his parents, Marjorie and Richard W. Johnson, and his sister, Margaret. He graduated from East High School and attended the University of South Dakota, after which he entered the Military. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps from September of 1952 to September of 1955, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He greatly appreciated his time in the Marine Corps, traveling to many port and countries.
After completing his tour of duty, Richard returned to USD, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. He met his future wife, Laurie, at the Personnel Office of Armour & Company in Sioux City, where he worked part-time during his college years. They married in August of 1958 and moved to Omaha, Nebraska after he completed college. Richard worked at Peter Kiewit Sons, Inc., as Personnel, HR and Meetings Manager until 1988.
He loved his retirement years, traveling to Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Spain/Portugal, China, and family trips to Mexico for several years. Richard and his Dad enjoyed annual fishing trips to northern Minnesota for many years. Later, he and son Corey continued the tradition.
Feeding the birds and squirrels brought Richard great satisfaction and enjoyment and attracted large varieties of birds to the many feeders in back and front yard. Also, squirrels were welcome to participate in their own feast during winter months. Included in the menagerie over the years were seven beloved Scottish Terriers and his special Schipperke. They gave him great pleasure, many times waiting patiently for morning walks.
Richard enjoyed his children: Heather Anne, Corey James (Gina Marie), and Carrie Elizabeth; and grandson, Hoyt. He was excited and pleased when each of them graduated from college and landed their first job.
Richard also loved Jazz and amassed a great collection of his favorites on CD.
He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.