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Obituary: Johnson, Robert Charles

JOHNSON, Robert Charles January 27, 1928 - November 16, 2013 Bob Johnson passed away peacefully after living his 85 years to the fullest. Bob was adopted by Charles and Eva Johnson, and raised in Dickinson, ND. After four years of Navy service at the end of WWII, he met and married Irene Wiser in Salt Lake City, UT. Within months he was called back to service for two more years during the Korean War. After being discharged, he went to work for the National Cash Register Co. (NCR). Through his career with NCR, the growing Johnson family lived in Pocatello, ID and Dayton, OH before requesting a transfer back to the west. Arriving in Spokane in 1971, Bob and Irene soon caught the “running bug” and became avid runners and volunteers with Bloomsday. Bob retired from NCR in 1993 after 42 years. He and Irene immediately began working summers in Yellowstone National Park, something they had dreamed of for years. The Fishing Bridge area of Lake Yellowstone was their home and the vacation destination for family and friends for 16 summers. Hiking, mountain climbing and wildlife viewing were added to running as their favorite pastimes. Bob was an active member, along with Irene, of St. Mary’s Catholic Church for over 40 years. He particularly enjoyed the activities and camaraderie with his fellow members of the Knights of Columbus. Bob was admired and loved for being steadfast, caring and good-natured. He was always willing to come to the rescue whenever anyone needed help. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Irene; children Gene, (Eliada) of Seattle, Mike of Kennewick, Rick (Cass) of Spokane, Cathy of Spokane Valley, Lawrence of Tacoma, and Christine (Bob) Hougland of Seattle; his much-loved grandchildren Ryan, Tiffany, Christopher, Nick, Kim, Sean and Roman; and beautiful great-grand- children Larissa, Abbie, Brendaisy, Jadalee, Jessena, Javen, and Quinton. His grandson Aaron was waiting to welcome him. Bob’s family would like to thank the staff of Sullivan Park Assisted Living and Hospice of Spokane for his excellent and loving care. In lieu of flowers, you may choose to donate in Bob’s name to your favorite charity. A Funeral Mass will be held today, Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 304 S. Adams Road in the Spokane Valley. Reception will follow.


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