Longtime Valley resident Robert George Johns, Sr., 91, passed away June 9, 2013 at his home after a short battle with cancer.
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Robert was born November 30, 1921, in Detroit Michigan. He traveled with his parents and bother to Alaska in 1929 and lived in the town of Matanuska for one and one-half years and then returned to Michigan. He returned to Palmer with his wife and two sons after he served in WWII with the US Navy in 1946 and went into partnership with his parents in the North Palmer Store where he delivered groceries to the Jonesville coal mines.
In 1960, he sold the store and again returned to Michigan where he worked with his brother as a draftsman and was involved in the construction of many beautiful homes. In 1972 Robert and his wife Marylou could not stay away from Alaska and again moved to this beautiful Valley where they both felt so at home. He started a general contracting business, Johns Building Company, in 1972 and in 1973 his youngest son returned and partnered with the company. He retired in 1985 to enjoy golfing in the summer and traveling to Florida to snowbird for three winter months.
He was active and an Honorary Life Member in the Palmer Elks Lodge, a Past Commander for the American Legion Post 15, and a member of the Palmer Moose Lodge.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years. He is survived by two sons: Robert Johns Jr. and wife Ibtisam of Georgia; Victor and wife Kathi of Palmer; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
, 950 E. Bogard Rd. #132, Wasilla, AK 99654 for all the wonderful assistance given during this difficult time.
A celebration of Life is scheduled for June 22, 2013, 2 p.m. at the Palmer Elks Lodge 2600 Barrys Resort Rd, Palmer, AK 99645.
Published in adn.com from June 16 to June 17, 2013