Richard Johnson, 86, formerly of Spring Grove

Richard “Dick” V. Johnson, 86, of Harmony, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the Gundersen Harmony Care Center in Harmony. 

He was born on May 21, 1931, in Spring Grove to Willard and Muriel (Johnson) Johnson. 

He graduated from Harmony High School in 1949. 

In 1951 his family moved to Vancouver, Wash., where he met Barbara J. Weitzel. 

They were married in Portland, Ore., on Dec. 12, 1953. 

They moved to his hometown of Harmony in 1955 where he leased the Skelly and Standard service stations. He also worked at Peterson Ford Garage prior to being the custodian at the Harmony High School from 1971 until retiring in 1993. Post-retirement he dedicated 18 years as custodian at Greenfield Lutheran Church. 

His biggest love was spending time with family. He also enjoyed golf, traveling, home projects and sharing a good story. His wife was a professional dance teacher. It was while helping her teach dancing that he received the nickname “Dancing Dick.” 

He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Harmony; three children, Melodee (Bob) Muehlenkamp of Rosemount, Nacia (Scot) Golliher of Stewartville and Bill (Suzanne) Johnson of Royal Oak, Mich.; six grandchildren, Nicole, Nacia, David, Rick, Derek and Russell and two siblings, Nacia Johannsen and Roger (Marsha) Johnson. 

He was preceded in death by a son, Richard “Rick” Johnson and a brother-in-law, Gordon Johannsen.

Funeral services for him were held on Saturday, May 12, at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony, followed by burial in Greenfield Cemetery in Harmony. 

Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony is assisting the family.

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