Robert W. Johnson - 97

11/2/1920 - 5/7/2018

Loves Park, Illinois

Robert Wallace Johnson died at 12:30 p.m., Monday, May 7, 2018 in Anam Glen after a short illness. Born Nov. 2, 1920 in Rockford, IL son of Earnest and Hulda (Olson) Johnson. Lived 97 years in Loves Park. Graduated from Harlem High School in 1938. Bob volunteered for service in the U. S. Navy in 1944 and was stationed for Boot Camp in Great Lakes Naval Station. Next was assigned for duty at the Ammunition Depot in Hawthorne, Nevada. He then went to San Diego, California for training at the Gunnery for school. His next part of the journey took him to Rhode Island for Commission Detail, then on to Norfolk, Virginia for training on the USS Tarawa Aircraft Carrier for its Shake Down Cruise and finally back home with a Navy Discharge in 1946. Married to the former Rosalie Gillett in Rockford, IL on Oct. 16, 1990. Employed as a heavy machinist by Ingersoll for 43 years. Veteran of World War II serving in the Navy. Member of St. James Catholic Church. He was named St. James Man of the Year in 2011 and founder of the St. James Elders. He was a volunteer at Cornucopia Food Pantry. His hobbies included fishing, golfing, archery, he made his own bows and arrows, and bow hunting. Survivors include brother, William Johnson of Loves Park; niece, Joni (Greg) Moore; several great-nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his wife, Rosalie; parents; brother, John; sister-in-law, Estella Johnson; nieces, Barbara Johnson Thompson and Lori Johnson Diehl.

Visitation 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018 in St. James Catholic Church 428 N. Second St., Rockford, IL. Mass of Christian Burial  at 11 a.m. with the Fr. Leonard Jacobs as celebrant. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Cornucopia Food Pantry. 

Visitation:

10 a.m. - 11 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018 in St. James Catholic Church, 428 N. Second Street, Rockford, IL

Mass:

11 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018 in St. James Catholic Church, 428 N. Second Street, Rockford, IL

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