Warren Dick Johnson died June 20 at his home in Burns.
Dick was born Oct. 24, 1922, in Alma, Kan., 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 World War II, he joined the Elite 10th Mountain Ski Troops. The 10th were tasked with dislodging the entrenched Nazi forces in 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 his home in Portland for the next 40 years. In 1953 he married Nancy Randolph (1920-1983). They dedicated their lives to work and family, enjoyed fishing and 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 at 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, Ariz. 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. 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 he 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 three sisters; and first wife, Nancy.
He is survived by his wife, Martell; son, Terry; daughter, Marnie; stepsons, Lane and Bud; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial gathering will be held July 10 at 2 p.m. at the residence in Burns, 71643 Turnout Road. A second memorial will be held July 14 at 2 p.m. at the Arrowhead Golf Club in Molalla.
Gifts of memory may be directed to Harney County Hospice in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.