Richard W. Johnson, 93, of Falcon Heights, died peacefully on June 24. He was raised in Winnetka, Ill., and graduated from New Trier High School. He attended Northwestern University and Chicago University and received a degree in math. A World War II veteran, he served in the Air Force Reserves for 25 years, reaching the rank of major.

Dick worked in sales and service as the owner of Midwest Heating and Cooling for more than 40 years. He was an avid fisherman, piano player, golfer and photographer, and was admired for his compassion, loving nature and his ability to spin a good Gitche Gumee tale around the campfire at the Aitkin cabin. He loved to sing, whistle, tell stories and had a great zest for life. Everyone loved him and he will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Gil, Bo and Lois, and his daughter Linda.

Dick is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Jane (George); son, Kirk (Marilyn); three daughters, Alicia Andre (Roger), Beth Johnson and Gail Rudberg (Tom); eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

The family thanks the Wellington staff for its quality of care and numerous friends who made his last years comfortable and enjoyable.

A memorial service honoring Dick’s life will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. at Falcon Heights United Church of Christ.

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