James R. Johnson, 85

January 15, 2009

JULY 16, 1923-JAN. 13, 2009

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - James R. "Rick" Johnson, 85, of South Fayette Street, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at Falling Springs Nursing Center in Chambersburg, Pa.

Born July 16, 1923, in Mercersburg, he was the son of the late Richard and Marian Filkill Johnson, and a stepson of the late Lester Kieffer.

He had worked for Ray Griffey Dry Wall Service in Newville, Pa.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of Hamilton Myers VFW Post 6070 of Newville and had served as commander of Lewis H. Himes American Legion Post 830 of Mercersburg.


He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Myrtle M. Byers Johnson; five daughters, Barbara G. Johnson of Lancaster, Pa., Susan A. Jones of Harrisburg, Pa., Fran M. Guzman of Mercersburg, and Lisa M. Johnson and Linda K. Riley, both of Augusta, Ga.; one sister, Marian Rosalyn Proctor of Mercersburg; one brother, L. Benjamin Kieffer of Mercersburg; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, James R. Johnson Jr.; two brothers, Omar Johnson and Robert Neal Johnson; and one grandson.

Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home in Mercersburg. The Revs. Lois A. Waters and Inez Nocho will officiate. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery in Chambersburg.

Visitation will be Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

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