Richard Johnson

Richard C. Johnson

Sunday, July 13th, 1930 - Saturday, March 14th, 2020
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Chaplain (LTC) (Retired) Richard C. "Dick" Johnson, born July 13th, 1930 in Louisville, Kentucky quietly departed this life on March 14th, 2020. Dick was a decorated veteran who served in the U.S. Navy in the Korean War from August 1950 til June 1954. After leaving the U.S. Navy, Dick pursued his life long passion of serving God as a United Methodist minister. He entered the ministry in July 1956. He pastored multiple churches in Indiana before returning to military service as an Army Chaplain in 1967. Dick served numerous duty stations around the world including Vietnam, Germany, Belgium, Korea, and several state side assignments. After retiring from the Army in October 1987, he returned to civilian ministry in the United Methodist Church. He served several more churches in Southern Indiana and Kentucky until his retirement.
Dick was married for sixty five years to Marie (Balmer) Johnson. Then was blessed with two loving sons, Tim and Eric, and their wives, Debbie and Sandra, and 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Carol and brother Charles.
Dick is preceded in this life by his parents, William E. and Elsie (Ricketts) Johnson; and brother, Richard E. Johnson.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, Ky 40205. Visitation will be 12:00 p.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the funeral home. He will be buried at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Wounded Warrior Project or Hosparus.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
    3331 Taylorsville Rd.
    LOUISVILLE, KY 40205
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 2:00pm
    Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
    3331 Taylorsville Rd.
    LOUISVILLE, KY 40205
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    KY Veteran's Cemetery-Central
    N. Dixie Highway
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Eldon Smith

Posted at 03:29pm
Hello Marie,
What a surprise, when I opened my mail and found the Conference Memoriam to Dick. Since moving in August to Maryland, I've thought of you several times and prayed that you both were well. I remembered that you were greatly concerned about Dick's health. I'm glad you have your children to help you through your days of adjustment to life without the physical presence of Dick. I imagine you will eventually move to live with the boys.
I was living happily by myself but Robert was concerned that something would happen to me, so I yielded to his expression of loving concern and moved in with his family after they remodeled a suite of rooms for me. I am glad I made the move. I'm still opening boxes and getting settled. Take your time and be sure to make decisions you will be happy with. The Methodist Home in Franklin or the Methodist Home there in Louisville would be good places to consider. I probably would have chosen one of them if Robert hadn't extended his invitation.
I missed seeing the two of you, but we will see each other again in the Sweet Bye and Bye.
I pray you will feel the Comforting Presence of God constantly.
Your friend,

Melody Fields Knopf

Posted at 01:51pm
I am sad the coronavirus guidelines have kept me from coming to pay respects to this quietly dedicated man of God. Dick had a huge influence on my family, and I am grateful for his life in service. My condolences to all of you. Marie, I am so sorry.

Melody Knopf

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