Memorial services for Robert “Bob” Johnson will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea, with Rev. Clayton Balsley officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. Military honors will be performed by the Albert Lea Area Veteran’s Organizations. Inurnment will be at Graceland Cemetery.
Bob passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea. He was 95 years old.
Robert James Johnson was born on April 11, 1924 in Albert Lea, MN to Dr. H.E. Johnson and Edyth (Sullivan) Johnson. He attended Albert Lea High School where he participated in Track and Field. Following his graduation, Bob served our country as a Naval Pilot during WWII. Bob enlisted in the United States Navy on November 14, 1942 and served honorably until his discharge in December of 1945. During that time, he was a part of the Torpedo Squadron 35 stationed in the South Pacific. When he returned, Bob went to college at the University of Minnesota.
On March 5, 1949, he was united in marriage to Margaret (Wayne) in Albert Lea, MN. To this union, two children were born.
Bob owned Sullivan Paint in Albert Lea, MN, and kept working until his health no longer allowed. When he wasn’t working, you could find Bob fishing, duck hunting, taking trips up North to the cabin - basically anything that brought him outdoors! He liked taking trips to Tucson, Arizona and Mexico. Bob was also a member of the American Legion, VFW, Elks, Ducks Unlimited, and Minnesota Waterfowl. Above all, Bob was happiest when he was able to spend his time with his family, grandchildren, and the family dogs – all being golden retrievers!
He is preceded in death by both parents, Dr. H.E. Johnson and Edyth Johnson; and sisters, Virginia and Betty.
Bob is survived by his wife of 70 years, Margaret Johnson; children, Christine (Steven) Carlsen and Gary (Cathy) Johnson; grandchildren, Peter (Katie) Carlsen, Paul (Sara) Carlsen, Brian Johnson and Brad Johnson; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Lance, Emma, and Ben; as well as many extended relatives and friends.
Blessed be his memory.