Dr. Richard Philip Johnsen

Dr. Richard Philip Johnsen was born May 15, 1930, in Buffalo, New York, to Gladys Frew and Marshall Johnsen. He died Sunday, May 6, 2018 in Tallahassee, Fl.

Phil graduated from High School in Warren, Pennsylvania in 1948 and then attended the University of Michigan, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. Phil later attended Temple Medical School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and received his medical degree on June 14, 1956. While attending medical school, Phil met and married his wife, Joan Kilkenny Johnsen.

Upon completing his internship at in Buffalo, New York, Phil joined the US Navy, studied in Pensacola, Florida, and later received a commission as a naval flight surgeon.

For four years, Phil served his country as a flight surgeon while stationed at Barber’s Point, Hawaii. While stationed in Hawaii, Phil and Joan celebrated the births of two of their six children. Phil was transferred to Philadelphia Navy Hospital where he completed a residency in anesthesia.

Phil and Joan later moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, where Phil started his practice in anesthesia at Good Samaritan Hospital. Phil remained in service at Good Sam for over forty years. His sweet, calm and caring nature endeared him to many patients, peers and friends.

In 2007, Phil and Joan moved to Tallahassee where Phil pursued his interest in duplicate bridge. Phil attained Life Master status in Duplicate Bridge quite early in life, nearly becoming a Gold Life Master.

Phil was predeceased by his son, Richard Philip and his daughter, Carol Ann. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joan, four daughters, Kristen (Robert) Munson, Kelly Ann (Anthony) Peterpaul, Kathy (Walter) Podgurski and Kimberly (Bill) Bachman. He was “PopPop to twentyone grandchildren and eleven greatgrandchildren and is survived by many other loving family members and friends.

A memorial mass will be held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Monday, May 21 at 10 a.m. Burial and reception to follow. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice. Susie Mozolic of Bevis Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements. (www.bevisfh.com8503852193).