Willie Richard ‘Richie’ Johnson | Obituary

Willie Richard “Richie” Johnson, 66, of Reidland, died Friday July 16, 2021 at his home.

Richie was born in Paducah on November 23, 1954 to JW “Bill” Johnson and Minnie (Miller) Johnson. He graduated in 1973 from Reidland High School, where he played baseball for the Reidland Greyhounds. Richie retired from the river towing industry after 38 years. Before Alzheimer’s disease robbed him of his abilities, Richie enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, riding his motorbike, DIY projects and was a huge fan of the UK. He was a faithful member of the Church of Christ in Reidland.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Kathy L. (Parham) Johnson; one son, Matthew K. Johnson (fall) of Reidland; one daughter, Laura C. Dunn (Rodney) of Paducah; four grandchildren, Ryder W. Dunn, Wyatt M. Johnson, Layla C. Dunn and Rowen E. Dunn; two sisters, Cathey S. Holler (Robert) of West Paducah and Patricia A. Davis of Waverly, Tennessee; and her beloved dog and constant companion, Emma.

Richie was predeceased by his parents, JW “Bill” and Minnie Johnson.

The family would like to thank Mercy Hospice and her private caregivers, Kendra Wade, Ashton Johnson and Mary Guilmain for the kind and compassionate care given to Mr. Johnson.

A funeral service for Richie Johnson will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home in Paducah with Terrell Lee as officiant.

Visitations will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at the Milner & Orr Funeral Home in Paducah.

Interment will follow the funeral at Maplelawn Park Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations made in memory of Richie Johnson to the Alzheimer’s Association; 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 4, Louisville, KY 40203; or the McCracken County Humane Society; 4000 Coleman Road Paducah, KY 42001.

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