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Richard C. “Dick” Johnson

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[October 24, 2020]    Richard C. “Dick” Johnson was welcomed home on Monday, October 12, 2020, surrounded by his family.

Visitation: Friday, October 16th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at  St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Emden

Service: 10:30 am Saturday October 17, 2020 at the chruch

Funeral home: Davis-Oswald Funeral Homes, Tremont, Delevan and Hopedale


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 Oliver Williams.

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 Marine.

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.

Funeral Director

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 tender care.

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

Olympia FFA,
7832 N. 100 East Road
Stanford, IL 61774


Atlanta Fire Department
PO Box 513
Atlanta, IL 61723

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