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Richard "Red" Johnson


November 7, 2018

RACINE, Wis. - Richard "Red" Johnson, 76, passed away peacefully at Season's Hospice in Waukesha on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

Red was born on June 26, 1942, in Ironwood, Mich., to the late Walter and Louise (nee: LaForge) Johnson. He graduated from St. Ambrose High School in 1960. Red was united in marriage to Fran Siklich at St.Ambrose Catholic Church on April 27, 1963, celebrating 55 years of marriage. They started their married life together in Kenosha.

Red worked at American Motors, then going to Young Radiator in Racine after 22 years, where he was very active with the UAW and president of Local 37 for 14 of those years. He then went to Gateway Technical College, working there for 15 years before retiring in 2009. Red enjoyed fishing with his buddies for many years and then with "Franny" after they both retired. He very much enjoyed building and fixing things. Red was always willing to help out anyone who needed a hand and always enjoyed a good party with family and friends.

Red is survived by his wife Fran, sons, Mark, of Racine and David, of Union Grove, and sister, Louise (Richard) Davis, of South Carolina. He is further survived one nephew, many nieces and numerous friends. Red was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Joan Cartie, brother, Walter Johnson, nephew, James Cartie Jr. and niece, Ann Flores.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet for a Memorial Gathering at the funeral home on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Memorials have been suggested to Season's Hospice Inpatient, 3217 Fiddler's Creek Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188.

Red's family would like to extend a special thank you to Season's Hospice and all of their staff for the level of care that he was given. Thanks so much to Bethany and Simone and also Annette from Comfort Keepers who gave Red such good care on her weekly visits.


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