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Richard "Dick" L. Johnson, 86, of Rockford, passed away on Monday, November 6, 2017. He was born on July 11, 1931 in Rockford, the son of A. Richard and Anna (Engberg) Johnson. Dick was a graduate of East High School, class of 1949. He received his Bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in 1953. Dick married Irene Ek on August 4, 1956 in Rockford. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea. Dick was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church. He was a principal of Guilford Center & Vandercook Elementary schools. For several years he was employed by Carrier Air Conditioning at Wilson Electric. Dick returned to education and taught at Harlem Alternative High School and basic education for Rock Valley College. He was a GED teacher for several years in adult education for Rock Valley, where he guided and motivated adults to achieve a high school diploma. Dick loved sports, golf, basketball, and football. He enjoyed working in the yard and was an avid reader.
Survived by his wife, Irene; sons, Gregory (Sue) Johnson of Lake Forest, IL and Brent (Joann) Johnson of Barrington, IL; grandchildren, Mark, Jack, Claudia, and Lisa Johnson; and sister, Marie Samuelson. Predeceased by his parents; and grandchildren, Lauren and Tyler Johnson.
Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 10, 2017 in First Lutheran Church, 225 S 3rd St. Rockford. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the church. Burial of ashes at Scandinavian Cemetery. The family prefers memorials be made to First Lutheran Church, 225 S 3rd St., Rockford, IL 61104 or Debra of America, 75 Broad Street Suite 300, New York, NY 10004

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  1. Rock & Debbie Foster (Piske)

    Irene and family, our prayers are with you today and always. Dick has always been an important part of my dad's life. He will be greatly missed.

  2. Lora

    I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with your family.

  3. Jack and Diane Tieman

    Our thoughts are with you.keeping you in prayer.

  4. Robert & Debra Tagliaferro

    Prayerful thoughts to you and the family. May God bless your dad and embrace him in his love.

  5. The MacCrindle's

    We are so sorry. We send love and prayers your way.

  6. Eilks Family

    Our thoughts are with you. We are truly sorry for your loss.

  7. Ann and Carl

    Sending lots of love to all of you !!

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