Richard “Dick” Johnson

Richard “Dick” Johnson

Richard “Dick” James Johnson, age 89, of Madelia died on Dec. 6 , 2017, at his home.

Service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madelia, on Monday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Krista Strum officiating, and with military rites by the Madelia Area Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will be at the Butternut Valley Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madelia and will continue on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home, Pilgrim Chapel in Madelia. On line condolences may be left for the family at

Dick was born Jan. 24 , 1928, the youngest of four sons, to Bert L. and Louise (Pederson) Johnson on the family farm in Lincoln Township, Blue Earth County. He was baptized March 1928 and confirmed March 1943 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Butternut. Dick grew up in Madelia and was a graduate of Madelia High School where he played quarterback on the undefeated football team in his junior year. Following high school, he served in the United States Navy from 1950-1954 on board the heavy cruiser, the USS Los Angeles during the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Madelia and married Ardis Mae Bluhm on Sept. 27, 1958. The couple was blessed with two children, Katherine “Kasey” and Steven. Along with a lifetime of farming, Dick was a jack of all trades when it came to building, welding, gardening, and helping his children with their varied projects. He enjoyed a week vacation at Kasey & Lee’s Ontario cabin each summer and spent frequent time working with Steve and the horses. Dad left his fingerprints in many places for us to remember all the time we spent working together.

Dick served the Madelia area in many ways. He was a member of the Madelia Hospital Board, South Central Electric Board for 27 years, Hanska Co-op Oil Board, CTV Board, as well as serving on the Butternut and Trinity Lutheran Church Boards. In his free time he enjoyed fishing, trapping, hunting with his brother Luther, playing volleyball, bowling and traveling.

Dick is survived by his wife, Ardis Johnson and son, Steven Johnson both of Madelia, daughter, Katherine (Lee) Potzler of Bellingham, WA, and sister-in-law, Doris Johnson of Madelia. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Arnold, Luther and Gordon Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Madelia Community Hospital, Home Health Care or Trinity Lutheran Church.