November 19, 2018

Richard "Dick" Johnson

Died Dec. 3, 2017


Richard “Dick” Johnson, 81, of Luzerne passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

Dick was born Nov. 12, 1936, to Earl and Martha (Dabala) Johnson in Toledo, Ohio. Dick was in the milk business his entire career, working for Miller Road, Twin Pines and London Dairies. Dick retired to his cottage on the Au Sable River in Luzerne. Dick loved talking and getting to know people; it seemed he knew everyone. Known as Grandpa Dick to many, he loved hosting tubing trips down the river with friends, neighbors, and family alike. Dick also loved his dogs, playing euchre, storytelling and hunting.

Dick is survived by his sons, Tom (Jennifer) Yats of Flint and Rich (Heather) Johnson of Sheridan; and stepchildren, Nancy (Paul) Gilbert of Prescott, Peggy Yats of Flushing, David (Patty) Yats of Gaines Township and Sue Levely of Flint; grandchildren, Mike, Bill, Nick, John, Ann, Sarah, Etta, Sophia and Corbin; and many great-grandchildren.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bob, Larry and Donny; and stepson, Alvin.

A celebration of Dick’s life will be held Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, from 3-7 p.m. at the Sharp Funeral Home, 8138 Miller Road, Swartz Creek, and you are free to come and go as your schedule allows.

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