Richard Allen Johnson passed away in his home on November 7, 2021. He was born on February 18, 1934, in Duluth, Minnesota to Harold and Ellen (neé Helmer) Johnson. After graduating from Duluth Central High School in 1953, he worked in the construction industry before moving to Elgin, Illinois where he was to spend the rest of his life. For over thirty years Richard worked for Senior Flexonics in Bartlett, Illinois as a machinist. Lovingly known as “Gramps,” he loved sitting and talking with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family. He also loved spending time with pets and tinkering around his home.
Richard married Christine Ericksen in 1955 and together they had three children: Kim Johnson, Richard (Cindy) Johnson of Duluth, and Tony (Raquel) Johnson of Elgin, Illinois. Richard is survived by a brother, Tom “Butch” Johnson, of Duluth, two sisters, Betty Thibault of Duluth and Janice Anderson or Rockville, IN, eight grandchildren, Ronnie (Lorena) Malave , Roland (Edith) Johnson, Amberyl (Chad) Malkovich, Richard (Karly Kirkpatrick) Johnson, Danielle (Jerry) Malkovich, Carissa (Drew) Wassing, Tony (Christina) Johnson, and TJ (RaeAnn) Johnson, honorary granddaughter Mimi, as well as fifteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Ellen Johnson, sister Helen Johnson, brothers Helmer Johnson, Everett Johnson, William Johnson, and Ronald (Mona) Johnson, and son, Tony Johnson.
Services will be Saturday, Nov. 20th at 11am in the Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E 2nd St. Duluth, MN. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial at Augustana Lutheran Church Cemetery. Sign the online register book at www.dfhduluth.com. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, (218) 727-3555