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Dale R."Randy" Johnson

Dale R."Randy" Johnson
  • August 14, 1945 - October 3, 2019
  • Gull Lake (Richland), Michigan

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“Never a bad time with this great and long-time friend. From back in the '50s and forevermore he was the man to be around. So sorry for his passing....Read More »
1 of 35 | Posted by: Robert Bucky Clark - Mattawan, MI

“I am heartbroken and will miss this sweet wonderful man who has been a friend of our family for over 65 yrs. Randy always had a beautiful smile and...Read More »
2 of 35 | Posted by: Susan DeBoer Houchins - FL

“Dale was a special person. Was with Dale at Ferris and are path crossed several time at customers. He was a special person always looking out for...Read More »
3 of 35 | Posted by: Brent Hays - Hudsonville, MI

“Randy was in our wedding in 1968. Old friends, great memories. ”
4 of 35 | Posted by: John and Nancy Smith - Richland, MI

Tiger fan
5 of 35 | Posted by: Steve Markee

“I was so sorry to learn about Randy's passing. I will always remember him with a huge smile on his face and a kind word for everyone. He was so much...Read More »
6 of 35 | Posted by: Barb Patterson - Georgetown, TX

“Yvonne and I send our deepest condolences to Randy's family. Randy was such a kind, cheerful, and giving person. Our pickleball family has lost a...Read More »
7 of 35 | Posted by: James Hackenberg - Kalamazoo, MI

“"Run, Randy, run!!"-- from 1973 DN Gold Cup on Gull Lake. One of the iconic DNers from the Mitten State. We will remember Randy fondly. --Jane Pegel,...Read More »
8 of 35 | Posted by: Susie Pegel - Williams Bay, WI

“Through the heartfelt remembrances of Dale, on these pages, we are comforted by the words used to define him. The references to: "that smile...Read More »
9 of 35 | Posted by: Joe Duffy - Farmington Hills, MI

Gull at Dawn
10 of 35 | Posted by: Robert Glass

Diamond Dusting
11 of 35 | Posted by: Robert Glass

Randy & Family @ Betty McCarty 100th birthday party
12 of 35 | Posted by: Robert Glass

“I was so sorry to hear of Randy's passing. Dale and Betty were great friends with my parents and Randy always treated me like a kid sister. He was...Read More »
13 of 35 | Posted by: Sue Ayres Hill - Durand, MI

“Many fun memories of good times on Gull Lake. Especially Randy's legendary Labor Day chili parties prior to heading to Bayview Gardens to extend the...Read More »
14 of 35 | Posted by: Kim "MAC" MacKellar - FL

Fun times with friends... back in the day.
15 of 35 | Posted by: Mac MacKellar

Randy with Max Doolittle at Max's 90th birthday party.
16 of 35 | Posted by: Lisa Crandell

“I think Randy is the last of the Highland Park old timers who continued to make Highland Park his residence from way back in the 60s when a lot of...Read More »
17 of 35 | Posted by: Dianne Rabbers - Richland, MI

“Fond memories of great times at his lovely home on Gull Lake for various get-togethers and the annual Ice Fishing event! A very generous person...Read More »
18 of 35 | Posted by: Rhonda & Bob Franssen - Wichita, KS

“Our sympathy & prayers for comfort in the loss of your father! We were friends all the way back to our childhood! Then we worked together at Ship-Pac...Read More »
19 of 35 | Posted by: Marv Venema - Zeeland, MI

“Our sincere condolences from everyone at Auto Cast Inc. Dale was a very well liked and respected person that we all had the pleasure of dealing with....Read More »
20 of 35 | Posted by: Auto Cast Inc.

“Randy and the gang share many memories of the Knollwood Tavern, Fairways, VFW Post 827, Bayview and may other happy occasions over the past many...Read More »
21 of 35 | Posted by: A friend

“Ryan and family,We are so saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Randy and I were fellow salesmen...Read More »
22 of 35 | Posted by: Joe & Betty Hendriksen - MI

“Thinking of you, Ryan, and your beautiful family.Kim and Travis ”
23 of 35 | Posted by: Kim & Travis - Mattawan, MI

“I was shocked and saddened to learn of Randy's death. We had such fun with Kim and Randy in the early 70's. Always a big grin on his face and full...Read More »
24 of 35 | Posted by: Bonnie McConnell Sullivan

“I am so sad to hear of Randys passing, he had a special place in my heart! Was always so kind to me! I will miss him very much! My thoughts and...Read More »
25 of 35 | Posted by: Bree RIGGINS - Kalamazoo, MI

“"I will miss a kind and wonderful man." ”
26 of 35 | Posted by: Carol Lukeman - Bonita Springs, FL

“So saddened by this news. Although we lost contact , Dale was a suite mate at Ferris and he was in my wedding in 1966. Condolences go out to his...Read More »
27 of 35 | Posted by: Allen Kasdorf - Sturgis, MI

Sail on good friend! “Randy's charming smile, technical knowledge of ice boating, leadership and longtime contribution to the Gull Lake Ice Yacht Club will be remembered...Read More »
28 of 35 | Posted by: Doug B Gull Lake Ice Yacht Club

I will cherish this moment forever
29 of 35 | Posted by: H. Kim Gildea

“I am lost for words. ”
30 of 35 | Posted by: H.Kim Gildea - Cape haze, FL

“Randy and I played Little League baseball together in 1956 and 1957. Then sixty years later hooked up in the Wednesday golf group. Good friend, fine...Read More »
31 of 35 | Posted by: Paul DeHaan - Kalamazoo, MI

“I knew Randy when I lived with Grace and Harry Smith. I live in Canada since I graduated in 1977. My condolences to the family. ”
32 of 35 | Posted by: Helen Adamik - Winnipeg, MB

“Family & friends:Upon hearing the sad news of Randy's passing, I said a special prayer for his soul and the comfort of all who know & love him. Many...Read More »
33 of 35 | Posted by: Kim "MAC" MacKellar - FL

“We have known Randy for many years, thoughts and prayers go to his family. Love, Dave/ Marge DeLano ”
34 of 35 | Posted by: David DeLano - Richland, MI

“Dale (Randy) had the meanest curveball in the Babe Ruth little league and used it to strike me out often. Nice young man with a easy smile. If I have...Read More »
35 of 35 | Posted by: Rick Dunham - Traverse City, MI


Dale R."Randy" Johnson of Gull Lake (Richland), MI

Randy, age 74, passed away on Thursday October 3, 2019 at his home on Gull Lake surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Dale was born August 14th, 1945 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Dale and Betty (Miller) Johnson. He graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1963 and received a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University in 1968. He was a lifelong active member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. During his college years he spent his summers working for the Brown Paper Company in Kalamazoo. Dale had a lifelong career as a packaging salesman. He worked 30 years with Ship Pac in Kalamazoo and over 15 years with Bravo Systems, Inc. in Battle Creek. He worked right up until the end of his life with a strong dedication to his co-workers and customers as he loved being in sales. He was a top producer.

Randy was one of the finest ice boating competitors in the world. He finished 2nd place in the Worlds event when it was held at Gull Lake in 1973 and placed 28th in Poland for the Worlds in 1975. He continued to sail competitively all his life.

His hobbies included spending time with his family at Gull Lake, boat rides with his Granddaughters, which everyone was always invited for ice cream afterwards. In addition, he enjoyed ice boating, driving his Corvette, golfing, hunting and fishing with his son Ryan and a passion for playing pickleball.

Dale is survived by his son Ryan (Martina) Johnson and their three daughters, Olivia (9), Vivian (5) and Gianna (5) of Hickory Corners, Michigan. Dale was preceded in death by his father, Dale J. Johnson (2006); mother, Betty M. Johnson (2000); brother, David L. Johnson (2012) and son, Kiley J. Johnson (2001).

The memorial service to celebrate Dale's life will be held Monday, October 28th at 11:00 a.m. at the gracespring Bible Church located at 8643 Gull Road Richland, MI 49083. Interment will follow in Yorkville Cemetery, Ross Township. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please honor Dale-Randy and his remarkable life with donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network located at 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 - www.pancan.org The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel (269-629-6022) is assisting Randy's family.

Upcoming Funeral Services

Monday, October 28
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM    3857077 3953761 20191028T110000 20191028T120000

gracespring Bible Church

8463 Gull Road Richland, MI 49083
(269) 629-9622


Monday, October 28
12:15 PM to 12:30 PM    3857078 3953762 20191028T121500 20191028T123000

Yorkville Cemetery

East D Avenue Richland (Ross Township), MI 49083