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Richard L. ‘Dick’ Johnson — Austin

AUSTIN — The funeral for Richard L. "Dick" Johnson was at 11 a.m. today at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin; the Rev. Robert Iverson and Chaplain Pam Solberg officiated. American Legion Post 91 provided military honors. Interment will be at a later date in Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston.

Mr. Johnson, 88, of Austin, died Tuesday (Oct. 2, 2007) at Austin Medical Center.

Born Nov. 12, 1918, in Stearns County, Minn., he attended country school and Browerville (Minn.) High School. During World War II, he served aboard the USS Bunker Hill as a mechanic in the Navy. Following the war he owned and operated an auto repair shop in Carpenter, Iowa. A truck driver, Mr. Johnson moved to Austin in 1950 and started working for Bill Todd in the Ford garage. On Jan. 14, 1951, he married Lavona Marzolf at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Preston.

In 1956 he began working as a maintenance mechanic and locksmith at Austin High School and remained there for 30 years, retiring in 1986. A lifelong member of the VFW and American Legion, he was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and enjoyed bowling, traveling and "puttering." He was active in Boy Scouts Troop 124, where he helped several boys achieve Eagle Scout and received the Silver Scout Award.

He is survived by his wife; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a sister and four brothers.

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The family prefers memorials to Global Health Ministries, Grace Lutheran Church, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Worlein Funeral Home of Austin assisted the family with arrangements.

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