Richard G. Johnson, 88, passed away peacefully at his home in Woodstock surrounded by his family on Dec. 31, 2020. He was born on Father’s Day June 19, 1932, in Ridgefield, Ill., the son of George and Elsie (Wille) Johnson.
He married his beloved wife, Rita Roberts, on Nov. 21, 1953, at St. Thomas church in Crystal Lake. They had just celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this past November.
He graduated from Crystal Lake High School in 1950 and then enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. where he served for three years in North Carolina. After serving in the military, he returned to Crystal Lake to become owner and operator of Ideal Oil Co., the family business.
Richard served on the board of directors of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association for several years. He was an active father with his sons’ Cub Scout troops, a Moose member, and for years was fondly referred to as the “Mayor of Ridgefield” by many.
In his free time, he enjoyed camping, traveling, hunting, fishing, woodworking, and was an avid golfer. But most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Richard is survived by his wife, Rita (Roberts); son, Rick (Anita) Johnson; daughter, Kim (Dan) Ryan; son-in-law, Greg Bundgard; grandchildren, Camie Johnson, Courtney (Brian) Pramann, Megan Ryan, and Brie Ryan; and great-grandchildren, Lily and Ean Pramann. He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws; sister, Jewel Radloff; daughter, Susan Bundgard; son, Scott Johnson; and grandson, Robin Burton.
Due to the pandemic, there will be a private service held for immediate family only.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org
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