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Dr. Richard Nicholas "Nick" Johns

Dr. Richard Nicholas "Nick" Johns
  • June 26, 1951 - December 30, 2015
  • East Haddam, Connecticut
  • The Nature Conservancy
    4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100
    Arlington, VA 22203
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    262 Danny Thomas Way
    Memphis, TN 38105
  • The Humane Society of the United States
    2100 L Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20037

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“Nick was a good friend when we taught together in Oelwein. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
1 of 25 | Posted by: Jack Freeman - Oelwein

“Nick and I landed in West Union in 1968. He as a student and I as a math teacher and coach. He was in my math class as a senior, played football...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Bob Scott - West Union, IA

“Nick and I landed in West Union iowa in 1968. He as a student and I as the HS math teacher, track coach and new XC coach. His parents ran the Kum...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Bob Scott - West Union, IA

“I thought of you different times through the years although our lives never crossed after high school trigonometry class. Happy to know that you made...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Sandy Popenhagen Craig - MO

“The recent memory we wish to share is how thrilled we were when Nick appeared at our 90th/85th birthday celebration August 2012. What a wonderful...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Marvin and Lorna Johs - IA

“We are saddened by the passing of your father, grandfather and brother. He was an example to many including his schoolmates. I am so glad that you...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Felix/Bettylou (Lubkeman) Mejia - IA

“I'll never forget Mr. Johns' time as Principal and Superintendent at Starmont High School. He carried our district through the difficult time of Dr....Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Karla Kramer Grauberger - Marion, IA

“A wonderful man. Performed marriage ceremony for him and his lovely wife. Enjoyed our time together before he moved to the SE side of the state to...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Kingery Clingenpeel - MI

“Enjoyed my time with nick in grade school and junior high school. He had a corvair that we road around in and almost tipped over several...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Steven Van Kleeck - Hampton, IA

“I am grateful to Nick for hiring me as an elementary principal in Ames in 1999. 17 years later, I still love working in Ames. He was also very kind...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Mandy Ross - Ames, IA

“Sue, we are in Texas for the winter and are so sorry to hear of Nick's passing. I lost track of both of you and so many times have thought of both...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Cheryl Lemmien - Augusta, MI

“Our heart felt condolences in Nick's passing. We truly enjoyed all the time we spent with Nick while he was at Starmont. Blessings, Steve and Pam...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Dr. Stephen and Pamela Thacher - IA

“It was with deep sadness that I learned of Nick's passing. Although it has been a number of years since our paths have crossed, the memory of our...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Jim Graham - Cochise, Arizona

“So sorry for you loss . Been trying to reach out to him via mail . I volunteered at liverpool during his tenure. Loved him. We would wheeze together...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Gail Clarke - Liverpool, NY

“I worked with his mom & dad at Kum & Go in Coralville, IA. I remember Nick going through his treatments and how positive he always was. It saddens me...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Barb Haisch - Waukee

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Johns. He was a wonderful man who always led by example and who always had the students' best interest in...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Melissa Kane - Liverpool, NY

“We will always remember him. He helped stack hay and milk cows. Always willing to help. ”
17 of 25 | Posted by: Gene miller - Dundee, IA

“Nick was the principal and athletic director at Starmont when I interviewed for my first teaching job. He made me feel extremely comfortable since...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Janet Swanson

“I was a Liverpool student when Dr. Johns was the superintendent. God bless him and his family! ”
19 of 25 | Posted by: Tommy Kane - Liverpool, NY

“We are so saddened by your loss. He was a wonderful man and we enjoyed having him living across from us for the few years he worked in the Liverpool...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Donna & Dave Carey - Liverpool, NY

“Dr. Johns was a fine and decent man. Always kind. Prayers to his family. ”
21 of 25 | Posted by: Donna Marsh O'Connor - Liverpool, NY

“Nick would weigh us in in the mornings for wrestling we would come in real early and he would be in the room lifting. Always had a smile and would...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Jeff Francois - Holy Cross, IA

“I will miss Nick. He was a good man who stood for principle. He was my idea of what a school administrator should be, and set a very high bar. I feel...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Craig Thompson

“Sending prayers to the family of Nick. He was a principle at Starmont when our kids were in high school. Nick was well liked, friendly and...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Larry and Carolyn Streicher - IA

“Suzy and family, Brian and I were so sad to hear of Dr. J's passing. I considered it an honor to know and work for him while he was in Liverpool....Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Sue Grier - Baldwinsville, NY


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Dr. Richard Nicholas "Nick" Johns of East Haddam, Connecticut

Nick, age 64, succumbed to a long illness, at home, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. Nick, the son of Robert and Marjorie (Krause) Johns, was born in Eldora, IA on June 26, 1951.

Nick is survived by his wife Susan (Suzy), son Landon, daughter Kesha, step-daughter Sarah, step-son James, granddaughters Kendra and Audrie, grandsons, Jacob, Trystin, Matthias and Elias.

Nick grew up in Iowa. He completed his work in higher education at the University of Iowa, Northeast Missouri State (Truman), and the University of Northern Iowa. He provided dedicated leadership to public schools in Iowa, Michigan and New York. His work in education touched the lives of thousands of children and inspired hundreds of teachers to reflect on and improve their practice. Nick was a kind and generous man of strong character with complete and uncomplicated faith in the love of God. He lived his life with dignity and humor. He will be missed by all who knew him.

The Funeral Service to celebrate Nick's life will be held on Thursday, January 7th at 11:00 a.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Augusta Chapel, 307 N. Webster Street, with the Rev. Denny Coon of Des Moines, IA, officiating. Nick's family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow in East Hickory Corners Cemetery, Barry Township, MI. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Dr., Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606; Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to The Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20037