Richard Earl “DJ” Johnson

August 03, 1948 ‒ February 09, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Richard Earl “DJ” Johnson, 67, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 in Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.

The only son of Richard Gerald Johnson and Elizabeth Johnson Rice, he was born August 3, 1948, Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

DJ was a 1966 graduate of Lexington High School and served three years in the U. S. Army as a radio dispatcher, stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War.

DJ worked in manufacturing for several years working at Quantex for six years.  He later drove charter bus trips for S & S Coach for nine years taking college students and senior citizens on trips throughout the United States.  After health issues forced him to retire, he worked at the Lexington Senior Center transporting seniors.  He attended Berean Baptist Church in Mansfield and enjoyed the fellowship of his church family.

He is survived by two sisters, Carol Ann Johnson, Bridgeport, West Virginia, and Anita Johnson Osbourn Bower, Clarksburg, West Virginia.  His nieces, Melinda Osbourn Puth (Jason Puth) Rochester, New York, and Deborah Osbourn Kelly (Steven Kelly), Pittsburgh, PA.  He is also survived by one uncle, Homer Hutcheson (Betty Hutcheson) who assisted him in his final day and was present at his passing and two aunts, Marjorie Hutcheson, Cambridge, Ohio and Dr. Jean Johnson Davison, Des Moines, IA.

Friends may call 1-4 p.m. Sunday, February 14, 2016 in Snyder Funeral Home (2553 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield) where a funeral service celebrating his life will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday and Pastor Jim Berry will officiate. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Guernsey County Memory Gardens in Cambridge.

Contributions in his memory to Berean Baptist Church Missions Fund may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve DJ’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at


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  • I was so sorry to hear of DJ’s death, and I would like to extend my deepest condolences on behalf of all of us at S&S Coach. He will be sadly missed by all of us who knew and worked with him.
    Please accept my deepest sympathies at this sorrowful time.
    With sadness,
    Earl & Peg Swigart
    S&S Coach Co.

  • I was so sad to hear of the passing of DJ. Along with many other good friends I knew DJ by playing online games we all had such a good friendship and managed to meet up in TN. during one of our many visits to America. We have lost so many of that dear friends including my own husband Morris. We can all look back at so many happy times I send my condolences to all the family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    From Molly in Scotland.

  • my prayers And thoughts go out to your family I met D J several years ago. We played pogo games and talked on line then I invited him to my sisters in Little Rock D J was such a nice man. I’m so glad to have met him.Thank you so much Anita for making that happen . Johnnie Brinkley Elk City Oklahoma I will miss him

  • I met Dj when we worked at the Senior Center. He has been a dear friend of my family through out the years. I am sad to hear of his passing. Yet know he is out of pain and suffering. I believe it was just a few months ago when he stopped over. He was a wonderful friend. I loved seeing him laugh.

  • I am Johnnie Brinkley sister . I met D.J. when my sister invited to my home
    he was a very nice person we went to several places in Arkansas, We enjoyed Him so much . Prayers for the family.