IRONWOOD, Mich. - Robert T. "Bob" Johnson, 77, of Tamarack Street, Ironwood, died peacefully Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in his home, with his loving family by his side, following a courageous, nine-month battle with metastatic lung cancer.
Bob was born Aug. 2, 1936, in Paulina, Iowa, son of the late Theodore and Dorothy (Thorman) Johnson, and graduated from Paulina High School in 1954. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and spent 22 years serving his country during the Korean and Vietnam War period, retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1976. Following his career in the military, he earned degrees in business and computer programming from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan., in 1984, and was employed as a computer programmer with the Internal Revenue Service for 15 years, retiring in 1999 and moving to Ironwood in 2000.
Bob loved to golf and was a member of the Gogebic Country Club. He also was a talented woodworker and especially enjoyed spending quality time with his grandchildren.
On Oct. 18, 1958, he married the former Sydney A. Morgan in Sioux City, Iowa. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Shane (Sheila), Kansas City, Mo., and Robert, Ironwood; two daughters, Valerie (Johnnie) Day, Denver, and Angela (Kelly) Ingles, Bessemer; many loved grandchildren; two brothers, Donnell (Debbie), King George, Va., and Theodore (Louise), North Augusta, S.C.; a sister, Darlyne (Glenn) Davis, Denver; and numerous nieces, nephews and brothers- and sisters-in-law.
Per Bob's wishes, cremation has taken place.
A private family gathering will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the JROTC Program at Luther L. Wright High School, 650 E. Ayer St., Ironwood MI 49938.
Bob's obituary can be viewed online and condolences given to his family at mckevittpatrickfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood.