Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 

 

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Richard Haven Johnston 
 
Service: Service will be held at a later date

Memorials:  CurePSP.org or Rock Steady Boxing of West Michigan

 

 
Richard (Dick) Johnston was born June 3, 1945, in Charleston, WV, to Franklin and Elizabeth (Stone) Johnston. After a valiant battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Richard died at home on July 22, 2020 in Caledonia, MI. 
 
Raised in St. Albans, WV, Richard graduated from St. Albans High School in 1963. Following high school, he began attending the University of Michigan, obtaining his BA in 1967. In 1969, Richard was called to serve in the U.S. Army at Fort Dix, transferred to Fort Leonard Wood, and went on to Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, GA. In Vietnam (CORDS IV Corp), he served the Military Advisory Command in training village defense forces. He was honorably discharged in 1971 as a first Lieutenant. Following his service in the army, Richard returned to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and achieved his MBA from the University of Michigan in 1973. 
 
From 1973 to 2000, Richard worked at Owens Corning Fiberglass Corp. in Toledo, OH. He completed his career as the manager for export textile materials from 1986 until his retirement in 2000. 
 
In 2008, he met and married Sue Harvey of Grand Rapids, MI. Sue and Richard built a home in Caledonia, MI, where he lived for the rest of his life. Richard loved home, nature, long hikes, and being outdoors, spending many hours creating magnificent gardens enjoyed by family, friends, and wildlife. Richard was very generous with his time and talents in helping family and friends with home improvements and gardening projects. His special dogs, Sunny and JoJo, brightened his life. He made sure all the neighborhood birds were well fed and enjoyed watching their antics.
 
Richard developed Progressive Supranuclear Palsy during the last years of his life as a result of service related exposure to Agent Orange. He was cared for at home by Sue with help from the VA, hospice, and a very special caregiver, Shaleena. While PSP gradually diminished his body, he fought valiantly and continued laughing to the very end. He sought many avenues to maintain his abilities, and especially enjoyed participating in Rock Steady Boxing with Sue, Coach Amy, and many other Parkinson's warriors.
 
Richard is survived by his wife, Sue Harvey Johnston; his son, Drew (Kristen Heintschel) Johnston; step-daughter, Karena (Chad) Colton; step-son, Drew Sederquist; six grandchildren, Kobe, Corbin, and Chloe Colton, Charlize Sederquist, and Maura and Mack Johnston; sisters, Sarah (Sheldon) Johnston Miller, Julia (Charles) Johnston Bond, Lucy Johnston Bauman; sister-in-law, Anne Harvey; brother-in-law, Donald (Brenda) Harvey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
Due to COVID-19, there will not be a memorial service at this time. In honor of Richard, please consider donating to CurePSP.org or Rock Steady Boxing of West Michigan. 
STROO FUNERAL HOME
1095 68TH ST SE
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49508 

Comments  

# Rick Bryan 2020-08-13 19:05
Our condolences to Sue, Drew and family. I have known Dick since our Owens Corning days together starting in 1974. Dick was the ultimate definition of what makes a good man. Honest, reliable, principled and finally a good friend. I will really miss him and especially that West Virginia accent he never totally lost. He even kept his good humor even when I volunteered him for various projects such as maintaining the native plant garden at the local library.
Dick and I both graduated from Army OCS, he in infantry and myself in artillery. He was sent to Vietnam and I was lucky to be sent to Korea. When Sue informed us of Dick’s agent orange related illness I was shocked and saddened. Dick is the second friend I have lost to agent orange. Both of them are casualties of Vietnam although neither name will appear on the Wall. Vietnam, the war that never ends.
Godspeed Dick Johnston.
Rick Bryan
# The Michalaks 2020-08-03 13:46
We were sorry to hear if Dick’s death.
He was a great guy with whom we had a long friendship as his neighbor. We bought his home in 2007 when he moved to Grand Rapids and have been lucky to be the recipients of his expert landscaping skills. Everyday we are reminded of his love of nature as we enjoy the flowers and grasses that he planted
Our sympathy to Drew and his family
Bill and Sharon Muchalak
# Steve Tippett 2020-07-27 13:50
Dickie was a good friend. His company was always very enjoyable. Because he stopped coming to class reunions it has been many years since I last saw him. But, based on how his obituary reads, I am not surprised to learn that he remained the delightful person that I knew well in high school and for some time after graduation. Dickie’s passing is being felt by many. I wish his family well during this difficult time.
# Vickie Reynolds 2020-07-26 21:36
What a wonderful man with a big heart, especially for friends & family and the beauty of God's world. He will be missed.
# Samuel F. Lee 2020-07-26 21:18
I was privileged, blessed and honored to have had the pleasure of teaching an excellent, intelligent, open-minded student, Dick Johnston, in the early 1960’s at Saint Albans High School. The principal always gave me the most gifted students. I often think about those scores of outstanding students with which I had the good fortune of debating and counseling like Dick Johnston, John Ross, Martha Dodd, Dr. David Walker, and Mike Marcum. I am sorry for the loss of Dick Johnston. Samuel F. Lee, Jr. 265 DuPont Road, Poca WV. 25159
# Dave Munn 2020-07-25 14:20
Sue, I was shocked and saddened to hear about Dick! Know that I’m praying for you. May God’s bountiful blessings fill you today and every day with peace and healing!
# Bill Lefevre 2020-07-25 13:28
Saddened to hear this. Dick was a great neighbor in Holland, Ohio. We built our house beside him and he was more than helpful with anything we needed, especially landscaping!
Our sincere condolences to all of Dick’s family. May he Rest in Peace.
# Jodie Broskey 2020-07-24 12:46
My heartfelt condolences to Sue and the family. May God be with you all.

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