Robert W. ("Bob") Johnson
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AGE: 87 • Glen Mills, PA
Robert W. ("Bob") Johnson, age 87, passed away Tuesday, December 31st after a brief illness.
Bob was born to John B. & Shirrell Johnson in 1926 in Emporium, PA. After childhood years in PA and Hercules, CA, his family moved to Wilmington, DE where he lived until a 2007 move to Maris Grove in Glen Mills, PA. Bob is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary, 5 children - Rob Johnson, Jr. (Sheila) of Rockville, MD, Barbara Newcombe (David) of Cambridge, England, Nancy Rash Sutherland (Steve) of Anderson, SC, Richard Johnson (Betsy) of Ellicott City, MD and Steve Johnson (Linda) of Jacksonville, FL, 15 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, his sister, Bette Good of Glen Mills, PA and numerous nieces and nephews. All benefited from the love, values, compassion, work ethic and kindness he instilled in his family.
A 1944 graduate of Wilmington Friends School, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned as an ambulance driver in the Pacific Theater during World War II and in Japan following the war. Upon his discharge and return to Wilmington, he completed his business degree at the University of Delaware and went to work with his father, brother and brother-in-law at Hercules. During that time, he met Mary, the love of his life, and together they raised 5 children. After a long career in the Purchasing Department, Bob retired in 1990 and he and Mary traveled extensively on their own and visiting their children across the US and abroad. The whole family was active at Grace United Methodist Church for many years. Bob was an avid collector of toy trains and a long time member of the Train Collectors Association (TCA).
A memorial service will be held at the Chapel at Maris Grove 200 Maris Grove Way, Glen Mills, PA on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Bob's family will be at the chapel to receive visitors starting at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions in Bob's memory be made to Wilmington Friends School 101 School Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803 (https://www.wilmingtonfriends.org/donatenow).
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Published in The News Journal on Jan. 5, 2014