Robert C. "Bob" Johnson (1922 - 2018)

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Robert C., "Bob," was born on Jan. 10, 1922, on the family farm in Townline, Pa., the first born of 14 children to Esther and John Johnson.
In April 1949, Bob married Rosemary Cecilia Bednarek and, that same year, he decided to travel to Alaska to improve his prospects of providing for his growing family and for the adventure. Bob and Rosemary moved permanently to Alaska in 1951, where they lived in Cantwell, Alaska. Bob worked on the survey crew building the McKinley Park Access Road, which was later named the Denali Highway. Bob and Rosemary made their permanent residence in Eagle River, Alaska, in 1955. In 1960, Bob became a registered land surveyor until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2013, at age 90. Bob was instrumental in much of the design and surveying of Eagle River, Chugiak and areas of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
Bob worked for the Alaska Road Commission, Federal Aviation Administration and then as the owner of Robert C. Johnson, Registered Land Surveyor. Bob, along with Rosemary, were among the founding members of Saint Andrews Catholic Church in Eagle River. They were deeply involved in community, state and national politics. Bob was a life member of The Knights of Columbus and the NRA. Bob served as a community council president and board of directors of Matanuska Electric Association.
Bob was a friend to everyone that he met. He loved people; he was kind, generous and never had a bad day. On Feb. 10, 2018, Bob finished a life well lived. He ended his race and finished his course. He died peacefully in his sleep, in his own home in Eagle River, in his favorite easy chair.
There will be a public visitation at Evergreens Funeral Home in Eagle River from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018.
A Celebration of Life Mass will be on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at 1 p.m., at Saint Andrews Catholic Church in Eagle River. There will be a public visitation starting at 12 p.m.
The Johnson family requests donations be made to Saint Andrews Catholic Church, Debt Reduction Fund, Eagle River, a cause that was very close to Bob's heart.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Feb. 22, 2018