Richard C. Johnson, 84, of Ulster, PA, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Monday morning, July 28, 2014 at the Robert Packer Hospital following an extended illness. He had been residing in the caring hands of the Bradford County Manor.
Born at Robert Packer Hospital,
Sayre, on April 20, 1930, he was the son of Carl and Hazel Roberts Johnson. He was a graduate of Ulster High School, Class of 1948. He married Verna Mae Driesbaugh on June 26, 1954. They had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Richard was a lifelong outdoorsman who loved to fish and go on trips to Canada with his family. He was an avid bowler and a member of the local bowling hall of fame. He was a devoted family man who loved each and every one of his family members dearly. He volunteered for many years as an ambulance attendant and fireman with the Ulster Fire Company. He was also active in doing the chicken barbecues for their fundraisers.
A lifelong member of the Ulster United Methodist Church, he enjoyed listening to his wife, Verna and her sisters sing in the church choir. Many people will remember him sitting on his front porch when the weather allowed it.
From the age of 12 until he entered the military, Richard farmed. He served in the U.S. Army from February 1952 to 1954 in Germany as a radar operator for anti-aircraft artillery. After separation from the service, he worked clearing the right of way for road construction. He left construction in 1954 to join Claverack REC. He was employed with Claverack REC for over 38 years until his retirement.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Verna at home; his children, Becky E. Hicks (Ken) of Rome, Donald R. Johnson (Flora) of Sugar Run, Dean A. Johnson (Yvonne) of Sugar Run, Dina M. Moreau (Derrick) of Prairieville, LA, Daryl L. Johnson of Ulster, Richard C. Johnson, Jr. of Ulster, Carl L. Johnson (Charlotte) of Ulster; 20 grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren. Also surviving are his brothers, James Johnson (Shirley) of Sewickley, Larry Johnson (Ann) of Athens; sisterin law, Hannah King of Ulster; brother-in-law, Robert Driesbaugh (Ruth) of Ulster. Richard was predeceased by a brother, Charles Johnson.
He has numerous nieces and nephews that he loved as if they were his own.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. from the Ulster United Methodist Church. Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 31 at the Bowen Farr Funeral Home in Ulster.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ulster-Sheshequin Volunteer Fire Company or to the Ulster United Methodist Church, both of Ulster, PA.