Ricky E. Johnson

Ricky E. Johnson, 58, of Spartansburg, Pa., died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at UPMC Shady Side, Pittsburgh, Pa., after a six-month battle with Leukemia.

He was born April 2, 1961, and was raised by his aunt, Bonita Scouten, who preceded him.  

He was a member of the Rome Township Church. Rick will be remembered as a very hard worker starting at the age of 13, working on Melvin Roger’s farm, whom he adored, Platts Mill, Niagara Piston and Z & M. He was currently working as a truck driver for Firth Maple Products. He took great pride on all his jobs.

Rick loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, but his greatest passion was John Deere tractors, although he had an Allis Chalmers that he called Harold (Shoemaker). Rick was a man who would help others but would never ask for help.

He was married to the love of his life, Karen Malone Johnson, his southerner, for 19 years, who survives him and his cats he adored, Yankee, Rebel and Molly. Rick is also survived by family members in Alabama and aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends who were more like family, the Carl Patterson, the Bob Snapp and Chris Brunst families. He never met a stranger.

There will be no visitation or service held.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life dinner on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at the Spartansburg Fire Hall from 3 to 7 p.m.

Rick’s saying when he was diagnosed was “when life deals you lemons, you make lemonade.” He was very upbeat during his battle and will be greatly missed by everyone.

Arrangements are under the care of Bracken Funeral Home Inc., 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa.

To sign the guest book or send condolences, please visit www.brackenfh.com.