Richard Johnson

Richard Paul "Pappy" Johnson

Sunday, July 21st, 1935 - Thursday, April 25th, 2019
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Garden City- Richard Paul “Pappy” Johnson, 83 died on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Garden Valley Retirement Village in Garden City. He was born on July 21, 1935 on the family farm near Fellsburg the son of Clarence “Shorty” & Ruth ( Lindsay) Johnson. He married Carol Sparke in 1957. He later married Betty Schlereth Davidson on November 2, 1985 at Dodge City.

Richard graduated from Trousdale High School and Pratt Community College. He received his Bachelor Degree in Mathematics from Emporia State Teachers College and later his Master’s in Mathematics from University of Salt Lake. He served in the United States Military for 31 years, 5 months and 9 days until retiring as 1st Sergeant in July 1995. He worked with his brother- Bill at Great Bend Industries and as a teacher in Hoisington and California and at Crustbuster in Spearville. After retiring he worked part time at the grocery store in Spearville. He lived in Spearville for 30 years until failing health brought about moving to be closer to his children in Garden City in 2016. He enjoyed being close to family and especially enjoyed the “Family Meals” that were once a week. Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren were a real joy to him once he was closer to be around them.

He is survived by his Wife- Betty Johnson of the home, Sons- Greg (Paula) Johnson of Ozawkie, David (Michelle) Johnson of Hutchinson, Michael (Amy) Johnson of Olathe, D J (Vicki) Davidson of Garden City, Dustin (Stephanie) Davidson of Garden City, Daughters- Julie (Charlie) Oakley of Fritch, Texas & Shani Davidson Floyd of Garden City, Brother- Daniel (Shawna West) Johnson of Wichita, 21 Grandchildren, 20 Great-Grandchildren and his beloved beagle, Hank. He is preceded in death by his Parents, Brother- William Johnson and Infant Sister- Nancy Johnson and Ex-Wife- Carol.

Graveside Service will be at 1:30 PM Wednesday at Kansas Veterans Cemetery at Fort Dodge. Military rites by Kansas Army National Guard Honor Guard and American Legion District 8 Honor Guard. Memorials are suggested to Operation Comfort Warrior of American Legion in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at

Garnand Funeral Home 412 North 7th Garden City, Kansas 67846 620-276-3219
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Mary Kay Phelan

Posted at 05:32pm
Julie, I am sorry to hear of your father's passing. Mary Kay Phelan

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John Sparke

Posted at 06:42pm
We grew up neighbors, he married my sister and the Johnson family still enriches my life as did his parents and grandparents. He will be missed. I have a thousand memories that will continue to bring me joy for the rest of my years. My condolences to the family and may you also continue to enjoy the many memories you have because he was with us for as long as he was. John Sparke
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Tyler and Family, Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. We are thinking of you all. Mike and Roberta McCartney

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