Richard “Rick” Alan Johnsten, 80, of Great Falls, MT, died December 10, 2017, surrounded by his loving family, who while grieving his death, take joy and hope in the promises made to Rick in his baptism.
Rick was born on February 8, 1937, in Norway, IA, to Carsten T. and Arlene B. (Pirie) Johnsten. He graduated from Osage High School, attended his freshman year at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and graduated from the University of Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1959.
He entered the US Air Force in 1960, proudly serving our nation for 22 years. His military career involved duty in Atlas and Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile squadrons.
He was married to Margery E. Kelley July 18, 1962. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters, Christina and Jennifer, and a son, Christian.
Following his time in the Air Force, Rick started a new career as an educator in 1987. He taught chemistry for five years at Great Falls and CMR High Schools, where he made many new friends in the secondary education community. Upon final retirement he took up oil painting, winning many ribbons at the Montana State Fair and was honored to have two paintings in a show at the C. M. Russell Museum.
Services will be held on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at Peace Lutheran Church in Great Falls, MT, at 3:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. Committal will take place at a later date.