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Richard Johnson
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Dick Johnson
1944 - 2019
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Obituary for Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson
Richard “Dick” Melvin Johnson, 74, died peacefully in his sleep Monday, April 8, 2019 at his home in Ballwin.

Dick will be sadly missed by his wife of 35 years, Liz (Erickson); sons Jeff and Greg (Amy); grandchildren Ellie, William, Matthew and Lotte; brother Herb (Lois); extended family; and friends around the world.

A native of Rockford, Illinois, Dick graduated from Auburn High School in 1962. Following high school he attended Kalamazoo College, where he was a two sport varsity athlete in tennis (NCAA All-American, Singles and Doubles, 1964; Team Captain and MVP, 1964, 1965) and basketball (Team Captain and MVP, 1964). Dick graduated from Western Michigan University in 1967.

Following college Dick began a prolific career in tennis. His livelihood was instruction, which included stays in Rockford (Clock Tower Racquet Club); Bad Kreuznach, Germany (TC Blau-Weiss); Chicago (Lake Bluff Bath and Tennis Club); and 30 years as head tennis pro at St. Louis Country Club, the position from which he retired in 2014.

During his teaching career Dick also excelled competitively on the senior circuit, amassing 44 U.S. national titles – in singles and doubles, on all four surfaces, and in age groups from 35s to 70s. He savored travel, competing on six continents and representing the United States in international team competitions at the invitation of the USTA. Most recently, Dick won the 2015 ITF Super-Seniors World Individual 70s Championship in Umag, Croatia, and finished the year ranked ITF world number 1. Dick was excited to be “moving up” to 75s in 2019, and of late was rehabbing from hip replacement surgery in preparation for the USTA National 75s Hard Court Championships in May.

In the spare time he found in retirement, Dick took up a new racquet sport: pickleball. He won the 2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball 70+ 4.5 National Championship in November 2018.

Dick has been inducted into the St. Louis Tennis Hall of Fame, the USTA Missouri Valley Tennis Hall of Fame, and the Kalamazoo College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 11, from 4-8 pm, at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Rd. Kirkwood, MO 63122

A memorial ceremony and celebration of Dick’s life is being hosted by his tennis friends on Saturday, May 4, from 5-9 pm, at Creve Coeur Racquet Club in St. Louis. All who knew Dick and his family are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dick can be made to the Triple A Youth Foundation, c/o Scott Hunt, 7700 Forsyth Blvd., Suite 1800, Clayton, MO 63105.
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