Richard M. Johnson, 90, of 1420 E. Venice Ave., Venice, Fla., passed away on Jan. 25, 2016, in Venice. Mr. Johnson was born in Jamestown, N.Y., on June 14, 1925, the son of Victor and Mary Johnson. He was a 1943 graduate of Jamestown High School..
Dick proudly served as a sergeant in World War II with the 158th Regimental Combat Team in the Pacific Theater. He enlisted in October 1943 and was honorably discharged in January 1946. He was awarded three Bronze Service Stars for service in Hollandia, New Guinea, Noemfoor Island, Luzon and Legazpi in the Philippines and also the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge and a Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He was on a ship bound for Yokohama, Japan, when the atom bombs were dropped, and was then based in Utsunomiya as part of the Japanese Occupation.
After his discharge, he attended Adelbert College of Western Reserve University, now Case Western Reserve.
He married the former Patricia Ann Newberry on June 26, 1948, in the old First Methodist Church at the juncture of East Third and East Second streets. They had 67 years together.
Dick was employed in Jamestown at the former Art Metal, Inc. as manager of sales service and later at The General Fireproofing Co. in Youngstown, Ohio, as manager of product service.
While in Jamestown, Dick was a very active member of the YMCA and their membership recruitment drives. He was also a 66-year member of Ingjald Lodge #65, I.O.V. and the Chi Sigma Chi Fraternity Hourglass Club. He was a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees and Frank Sinatra.
In addition to his wife, Patricia, Richard is survived by sons, Steven D. (Barbara) of Venice, Fla., Gary R. (Debra) of Sarasota, Fla., Jeffrey K. (Barbara Haines) of Hubbard, Ohio, and William M. (Heidi) of Cary, N.C.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Carl W. and Roger V.; son, Ward T., and grandson, Chad C.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Chi Sigma Chi Friendship Fund of the Jamestown Community Foundation, 418 Spring St., Jamestown NY 14701, or a charity of choice.
Services will be conducted at Lind Funeral Home, 805 W. Third St., Jamestown, NY, on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016: Visitation at 10 a.m., funeral service at 11 a.m.
Published in The Post-Journal, January 27, 2016