Dick Johnson died peacefully and gently Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Highland Hospital in Rochester at the age of 78.
Friends may call from 9:30 to 11 a.m. March 18 at the First Baptist Church at 224 Main St., Penn Yan with services immediately following at 11 a.m. with Rev. Stephen Sanden at that same location. Burial at the Johnson family plot at Branchport Cemetery will immediately follow the service. All are welcome to enjoy refreshments in the Great Room of the First Baptist Church following the burial and share stories about our wonderful, adventurous uncle who loved his family, church, church-family, scouting, and community.
Memorial donations may be made to Camp Good Days and Special Times, 1332 Pittsford-Mendon Rd, Mendon, N.Y. 14506; BSA Troop 44 or First Baptist Church, both at mailing address 224 Main St., Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527.
He was born in Penn Yan, son of the late F. Roger and Grace (Campbell) Johnson. After graduating from PYA class of 1956 “the old school,” he went on to Alfred Ag. Tech. where he developed his trade in television repairs. He was employed at Castner TV & Radio on Lake St. for 15 years. He later owned his own business for nearly 30 years called Lake Electronics at that same location, which he partnered with Richard Sharman until retiring in 2003.
He grew up in Penn Yan and spent his summers in Branchport at the family owned “Campbell’s Beach” which is currently Camp Good Days and Special Times. He assisted his parents in renting and operating the numerous rustic cottages on Keuka Lake, and could be seen often sailing his sailboat “Think or Thwim” out on the lake or in his motor boat taking friends and family water-skiing. The Adirondacks was a favorite place of his to visit.
He was head Scout Master for 30 years of Boy Scout Troop 44 from 1965-1995 which met at the First Baptist Church on Main St. in Penn Yan. He enjoyed numerous adventures leading Troop 44, and formed many lifelong friendships with the troop members. He was awarded the distinguished Silver Beaver Award by the BSA Council, for his “impact on the lives of the youths and the service to the Council by implementing the scouting program, performing community service through hard work, self sacrifice, dedication, and many hours of service.” He was very proud of his Troop 44 scouts and kept in touch with many of them throughout the years.
Dick Johnson was a charter member of the Community Chorus which met and performed at the First Baptist Church in Penn Yan. He was a prominent member of his church, serving terms as deacon, trustee, and chairperson, and enjoyed participating in church functions and fellowship there. He performed sound system duties for the Concerts on the Court House Lawn next to the church during the summer months. He had a particular fascination with pipe organs and could often be found in area churches making adjustments or repairs to their instruments.
Dick is survived by Gary and Gayline Enos of Penn Yan, and their children, Connor and Clarissa. He fondly referred to Gary as his son and their children as his grandchildren. He is also survived by 11 nieces and nephews: Dan (Laurie) Johnson of Newark, Cynthia (Mike) French of Waterloo, Dorothy Anderson of Rochester, Katherine McDaniels of Geneva, Hilary (Ron) Rundt of Branchport, Jo Anderson of Lyons, Alan Schenck of Geneva, David Anderson of Janesville, Wisc., Beverly (John) Barnhart of Dansville, Barbara (Dan Faulker) Anderson of Conesus, and Gerry (Rodger Maile) Shaver of North Cohocton.
He is predeceased by his brother, Donald R. Johnson of Penn Yan; sisters, Winifred Schenck of Geneva, and Dorothy Mott of Dansville; nephews, Jon Anderson of Dansville, and James Pringle of Dansville, who died serving his country in the Vietnam war.