Richard "Dick" Johnson, 85, of Sandusky, died Tuesday evening, Aug. 28, 2007, in Fireland's Regional Medical Center after being stricken at home.
He was born Jan. 11, 1922, in Monticello, N.Y. He was a 1939 graduate of Monticello High School in New York. He received his bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in 1952. Mr. Johnson came to Sandusky in 1953 joining Grill Meats in the maintenance department. During this period he designed and built a battering and breading machine, which led to the formation of Sam Stein Associates, Inc., a food-processing manufacturer, in 1955. He held several patents on processing machines, including the first machine to make chicken nuggets. He retired as president of Stein Associates in the mid-90s, and remained a consultant until the time of his death. Mr. Johnson was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a Fire Controlman 1st Class, serving on the USS Mayo and the USS Tate.
Richard was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sandusky. He was a member and past president of Plum Brook Country Club, where he played on its golf league for several years. He served on the building committee of the YMCA, was a life member of the Sandusky Elks Lodge 285, life member of the VFW Post 2529 and AMVETS Post 17. Richard was the founding father of The Firelands Area Runners Club. He was an avid runner and had run over 40,000 miles.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor (Youngs), whom he married Feb.12, 1949; his daughter, June Copper of Sandusky; grandchildren, Kimberly (John) Copper Corso and Carolyn (Rob Manor) Copper; great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Claudia Corso; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Anna (Doyle) Johnson; and two sisters, Margaret Anthony and Anna Mae Hanlon.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today in Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, where prayers will be recited 9:30 a.m. Friday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 429 Central Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Philip Feltman will be officiating. Entombment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Sandusky, with military graveside services.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church; Sandusky YMCA; or Stein Hospice.
Condolences may be sent to grofffuneralhomes.com.