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Richard Wallace Johnson

April 11, 1930April 21, 2021

Richard (Dick and Biff) Wallace Johnson passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Virginia Hospital Center at the age of 91. He was born on April 11, 1930 in Arlington. Richard was born to Paul and Ressie Johnson, the third of nine children. He was the father of Bonnie, Richard II, and Steven. He is survived by his daughter, Bonnie Schoen (Kurt) of Ft. Myers FL., brother Clifford (Judith) of Church Hill, MD., grandson, Eugene “Gene” Richard Collins (Kathryn), their four children; Brooklyn, Scarlett, Tasha and Josie; and granddaughter Jessica “Jessie” Collins Narotski (Kevin), and their son Jetson (with another son on the way), as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was predeceased by his parents and seven of his siblings; also by his two sons, Rick and Steve. He was born and raised in Arlington where he was an outstanding athlete at Washington-Lee High School, participating and lettering in baseball, football and basketball.

After a short stint with the U.S Postal Service, he had a long career with the Central Intelligence Agency, serving in a number of foreign countries, mostly the Far East, when, at the age of fifty, he decided to retire due to health issues. His primary hobby for the last sixty years has been golf, where he formed many lasting friendships.

A funeral service for Richard will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203. A graveside service will occur from 1:30PM to 2:00 PM at Columbia Gardens Cemetery, 3411 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 22201. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared here.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

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Mike Dakes

May 8, 2021

I first met Biff when he played football for Washington-Lee High School in the late 1940's. My big brother, Steve Dakes, played in the same backfield on those teams. I managed to reunite the two of them a couple years ago and had a great lunch watching these old teammates recalling their days in high school. My brother is still alive, but in ill health. Biff wanted to get together with him one more time several months ago, but it was not possible due to health issues. I always admired Biff's athletic ability and it was a great pleasure to meet him again many years later. He was still a true gentleman.

Anita Culosi

May 3, 2021

To Bonnie and Family,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences in the loss of your Father, Father-in-law, Grandfather, and Brother,
We met your Father for the first time when he was having dinner with you at P’s. Hank had walked over to your table...and in short order...we all were being introduced to the two of you. After that we had the pleasure of spending many an evening with your Dad at Pistone’s. We would meet there every week...to listen to Tom play. You could always find the five of us...(Rich, me, Sal, Steve and Hank) sitting together...having dinner...sharing stories, jokes, laughs...and really enjoying each other’s company. Sadly, this past year has robbed all of us...of the many more times we would have been together.
Your Dad will be remembered by us as a soft-spoken, polite and very charming gentleman. He was so easy to like...and everyone thought well of him. He really was a very special man...so he will not be forgotten...but very missed by so many of us...who knew him as a dear and valued friend.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
With Our Deepest Sympathy & Prayers,
Anita & Sal Culosi

Don Burns

May 3, 2021

I remember all the good times when Dick and I were in Japan. Dick and I played softball in the Fuchu Air Station league. Dick excelled in playing shortstop to the point where he was selected to play for the Tachikawa 5th Air Force Base team. This team traveled throughout the Far East playing other armed forces teams. He earned many awards for his playing ability.

Dick loved playing golf. Dick and I played numerous golf courses in Virginia, Maryland, and North and South Carolina. We always had a fun time on these trips. I must admit, Dick was not a very good poker player. He normally left the table with very few poker chips to cash in.

I truly lost a good friend. Dick always cared about his friends. If a friend was in the hospital he always paid them a visit. He is now with his golfing buddies in Heaven.

Cliff: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended family during this sad time.

Don Burns

GEORGETTE BARKER

May 3, 2021

Dick has now joined his fellow golf buddies: Barker, Bertolini, Ciofi, Leonard, Mischou, Showalter, and Rider. They now have enough players to make up two foursomes!

My prayers and thought are with you. May Dick rest in peace.

Georgette Barker

James Wagner

May 2, 2021

I REMEMBER ALL THE GOOD TIMES DICK AND I HAD AT THE GOLF OUTINGS IN OCEAN CITY, TANGLEWOOD, MYRTLE BEACH, BAD EMS, OUTER BANKS. ETC. SORRY I CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE SERVICE AS I HAVE MY OWN OLD AGE PROBLEMS AT HOME.
JIM WAGNER

James Smith

April 29, 2021

Our prayers. To all the Johnson family.....jim and Diane smith