Richard Lynn “Rich” “Doc” Johnson died Saturday, June 29, 2019. Colyer Funeral Home assisted with cremation arrangements.
Rich was born in Laramie, Wyo. Nov. 18, 1943, to Richard H. Johnson and Dorothy M. (Crane) Johnson. He was raised on the Antelope Creek family ranch south of Laramie.
Rich attended elementary school at the Cathedral Home in Laramie and graduated from University H.S. Prep in 1962. After attending UW, he received his doctor of veterinary medicine from CSU in 1968. First practicing in Stanford, MT then Laramie, Wyo., Rich moved to Torrington in 1973. He co-owned and practiced at Goshen Veterinary Clinic until selling his share in 2001. He continues his practice on the road – spaying heifers, preg checking, and bangs testing. Rich was one of the first vests to spay with the Kimberling-Rupp technique and did so for 39 years before hanging up his K-R tool. Never quite retired, he still enjoyed working cattle with close neighbors and friends.
Rich will be remembered for his hard work ethic gentle chute-side manner, choosing to see the good in people, and his warm smile. His zest for life was reflected in his love of hinting with son, Ory, golfing with son, Guy, roping with friends in Wyoming and Arizona, and spending time with his grandchildren,
Rich was preceded in death by both parents, and brother, Frank Johnson.
He is survived by sister, Alene Parrill of Laramie; wife, Julie Grote Johnson of Torrington; sons, Guy Lynn Johnson (Atasha Snider) of Sacramento, Cali.; Ory Joe Johnson (Michaela Haroldson) of Laramie, Wyo.; onus-daughters, Kerri Grote of Milwaukee, Wis., Anissa (Shaun) Hatcher of Lubbock, Texas, and Daphne Manns of Denver, Colo.; grandchildren Gage and Piper Johnson, Ava Hatcher, Makenna Manns, Makena McClurg, Teagan McClurg and Charlotte (Charlie)McClurg.
A celebration of life is scheduled to take place on Aug. 24, 2019, at the Rendezvous Center in Torrington, Wyo. from 1-4 p.m. Please bring your favorite memories on a 4x6 index card to be collected, shared and enjoyed by family at a later time.
Any memorial can be directed to: Goshen County Extension Office, 4616 US-26, Torrington, WY 82240 (Please label check notation to Goshen County 4-H Council Scholarship or Goshen County Supreme Cow Program).