Warren Johnson

Born: Tue., Oct. 24, 1922
Died: Wed., Jun. 20, 2012

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Tue., Jul. 10, 2012

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Dick passed away on June 20, 2012, at his home in Burns Oregon.  Dick was born in Alma, Kansas to Rupert P., and Carrie Johnson. After graduating from Alma High in 1940, he received a football Scholarship to Oregon State College (OSU). He played the position of fullback.

In 1943, during WW2, he joined the Elite 10th Mountain Ski Troops. The 10th were tasked with dislodging the entrenched Nazi forces for Italy.  He served in battles and campaigns in North Apennines and Po Valley. Among other awards he received the Bronze Star with an Oak Leaf Cluster.

After the war, Dick returned to finish studies at Oregon State. He graduated in 1949 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a member of Delta Chi. He was a proud lifelong Beaver fan and supporter.

Dick made is home in Portland for next 40 years. In 1953 he married Nancy Randolph (1920-1983). They dedicated their lives to work and family, enjoyed fishing, gardening, and were involved in many social and charitable groups.  Dick worked as an Insurance Broker for the firm Cole, Clark and Cunningham, he later became a CEO of Rollins, Burdick and Hunter, and was a Vice President a Marsh and McLennan when he retired in 1994. Among his many accomplishments in 1977 he became an Underwriting Member of Lloyds of London.

After retiring Dick threw himself into his passion for the Oregon Desert where he owned the Wildhorse Ranch. Dick greatly enjoyed ranching and the rugged natural beauty of the Steens Mountain area. For many years Dick spent the cold winter months in Yuma Arizona. There he met and married Martell Reynolds in 1995.  They were a part of a tight knit group of friends, who all had a taste for adventure, fun and a deep love for one another.  In 2005 Dick sold the Wildhorse and he and Martell settled in Burns, Oregon. There they enjoyed the company of many good friends.

Dick had many hobbies, interests and passions.  He was an avid and skillful pilot. He loved to garden, wherever he lived planted both orchards and groves of shade trees. He read voraciously and loved to learn.  He greatly enjoyed practical jokes and spent many hours planning and executing them. He was adored by his own children, and was a “best friend,” mentor and benefactor to many young people. He took great joy in helping others.  Most of all he loved spending time with his many good friends, around a campfire or dinner table, telling stories.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, his 3 sisters and first wife Nancy.  His wife Martell, son Terry, daughter Marnie, stepsons Lane and Bud, 5 Grandchildren and 3 Great-Grandchildren, survive him.  A memorial gathering will be held on July10th at 2pm, at the residence in Burns, 71643 Turnout Road.

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