ForeverMissed
Richard “Dick” Johnston gained his new job as a guardian angel on November 4, 2020 after ensuring that his vote counted.  Dick was born in Covington, VA to Margurite French and James Johnston, on October 16, 1940.  He was the older brother to two brothers, Gary and Billy, and one sister, Kathy.  In 1957 he enlisted in the US Army and became a paratrooper with the 1st Airborne division of the 504th Infantry.

 Dick's passion for the outdoors, hunting and fishing was shared with countless people all over the country throughout his lifetime.  His best memories were made wet and covered in fish slime, or freezing in a tree stand.  The most successful fishing trip he ever took was on a three-day blind date where he landed the catch of his life.  Six months later in June 1993, Dick and Sherry were married. They spent the next 28 years chasing adventures in amazing places all over the world, but mostly Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Alaska.

Family always came first.  His sons, Jeff and Greg Johnston started adventuring with him at an early age trekking in the mud following in father's foot steps.  Following him all the way to Arizona.  He got two daughters, Adriana and Alexia, when he married Sherry, two more to teach to fish and trek, build fires and catch crawdads.

His favorite name, Poppa, was given to him by his 5 grandboys.  Whether he was feeding them donuts at all hours of the day, baiting hooks for them on the spit in Homer, or having them sit on his lap watching Fox News, he loved his role as Poppa.

The love he had for his friends and family was only surpassed by his love for his dogs.  Teddy, Fugitive, Hunter, Kahlua, Tia, Yoyo and Cody could not have had a better master. 

Always the engineer and handyman, there was never something he couldn't make better or build bigger.  Inventing a better treestand, patenting archery manufacturing methods, building a log home in the mountains, or creating a new fish killing lure.  Though retired for almost 20 years he never rested, building or remodeling 7 houses.

His friends will remember him best for stories around the campfire, drinking a little rum and coke, playing cards, and fishing, wherever the fish were biting.
Posted by Steve Dickover on November 10, 2020
I meant Dick at PSE back in 1985. I was being trained as a new regional sales manager. Dick was a person easy to become friends with. After a few years of annual visits he invited myself and Bob Ridenhour another sales manger to go catch some rattlesnakes. I was thinking one or two. The joke was on Bob and I . Dick knew where every snake in Arizona was. Lesson learned. Thanks Dick for the very good memories. Prayers to you and your family.
Posted by Kimberly Lefevre-Shepherd on November 7, 2020
Every memory I have of Uncle Dick is a good one. He was an amazing man and will be missed by many. God has received a beautiful angel.
Posted by Jon Wohlers on November 6, 2020
Always enjoyed chatting and seeing him out and about. Will miss seeing him around!
Posted by Megan Wohlers on November 6, 2020
Thank you Dick for being such a friendly face to see on the trails. You were the first neighbor we met here and you made the place very welcoming. You will be missed!
Posted by SHERRY JOHNSTON on November 5, 2020
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Posted by Steve Dickover on November 10, 2020
I meant Dick at PSE back in 1985. I was being trained as a new regional sales manager. Dick was a person easy to become friends with. After a few years of annual visits he invited myself and Bob Ridenhour another sales manger to go catch some rattlesnakes. I was thinking one or two. The joke was on Bob and I . Dick knew where every snake in Arizona was. Lesson learned. Thanks Dick for the very good memories. Prayers to you and your family.
Posted by Kimberly Lefevre-Shepherd on November 7, 2020
Every memory I have of Uncle Dick is a good one. He was an amazing man and will be missed by many. God has received a beautiful angel.
Posted by Jon Wohlers on November 6, 2020
Always enjoyed chatting and seeing him out and about. Will miss seeing him around!
his Life

Family - What matters most

Wife - Sherry Johnston

Parents - Margurite French and James Johnston

Siblings - Billy Johnston, Gary Johnston, and Kathy Dunlap

Children - Jeff Johnston and Greg Johnston
Step Daughters - Adriana (Nathan) Wolf and Alexia (Cliff) Higgins

Grandboys - Mason and Myles Wolf; Jacek, Beckett, and Zayne Higgins

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Shared by Penny French on November 7, 2020
I have a lot of snapshot memories of Richard from my childhood.  We moved to Clarksville, Arkansas in 1969, right up against the Ozark National Forest and Richard would come down often, sometimes alone, sometimes Gary would come with him.  They went hunting and fishing, catching snakes and tarantulas, who were put in an aquarium.  I never knew what became of them, but was so glad that they were gone.  I remember his smile, and how genuinely happy he always seemed.   One time when he came alone on his motorcycle, we had been to Joe and Verna Vaughn's house.  I begged to ride back with him, so I could give him what I now realize were probably unnecessary directions.  But he followed my directions to a T.  At the end of the trip back, we came to a final T in the road.  A quarter mile on the right was home, turn left and you would end up at our nearby church.  Straight ahead was a bunch of trees.  Having been born a natural smart aleck, I told him to go straight, duh!   And he started straight for the trees! 

I didn't see him again for quite a few years, but in the late 80s, he came to Clarksville and stayed with my mom.  I took my 3 or 4 year old daughter Cybill over and we sat and talked and listened to stories of his adventures late into the night.   My one regret was not knowing how close he lived to Fayetteville.  By the time I found out, he and Sherry were moving away from Tahlequah.  I would have loved to have him meet my son. 

Richard was such a special man - brave, smart, innovative, loyal and loving, kind and generous,  I am so lucky to have known this wonderful man and will forever miss him.  Sweet dreams uncle.    I know you are with your brothers and parents and so many others of our family.  I love you

My fishing day with you

Shared by Tonya Johnston on November 6, 2020
One of the greatest regrets in life was never going on a fishing trip with my dad. He got his wings much too soon.  He loved you.  Adored you.  Looked up to you.  Wanted to be like you and I'm sure even looked at you as a sort of father figure.  I always idolized you. Even as a kid. I always looked forward to trips to Mahomet with dad.  Just because of who you are.  It was such a privilege to come stay with you and Sherry on our 2018 vacation.  I secretly wanted to go fishing with you, but didn't want to ask. I was SO excited the day we took off for the day to go fishing in the ocean.... with the biggest fishing pole I had EVER seen in my life, and Sherry's boots :D  To stand beside you and cast my line was one of those "Bucket List" moments.  There wasn't anything special that happened.  Just uncle and niece standing together... fishing. I watched you give fish away to the locals that were fishing for their dinner.  I will never forget it and has been by far, one of the best days of my life!  I love you.  I adore you.  I miss you.  

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Shared by SHERRY JOHNSTON on November 5, 2020
This page was created to capture the memories of Dick's life.  Please take the time to share those memories with all of us.  His life was full of adventures he shared with so many and we would like to hear about the adventures he shared with you.