Robert "Bob" Johnson
Longtime Hollister, Calif., resident Robert "Bob" Johnson passed away the afternoon of May 29, 2013, in an automobile collision along with his faithful little dachshund dog Fred.
Bob was born in Monterey Park, Calif., June 15, 1941, to Melba and Curtis Johnson.
When he was small, his family moved to Eureka, Calif., where his grandparents soon became his primary guardians and role models for both himself and his two older brothers. He went through schools in Eureka and worked as a young boy in the oyster beds. He later took any odd job from pizza delivery boy to construction, which caused him to travel around the surrounding areas and eventually led him to Sunnyvale, Calif. There, he worked construction and later joined and worked for the ironworkers and married his wife Mari. They were later divorced.
Bob next moved to San Benito County and worked for the Medjore Brothers. He eventually began his own business "Johnson's Home Repair," fixing, building and making almost anything possible in his trade.
He had an extremely high I.Q. and was a perfectionist no matter how small or large the job. He leaves behind countless works of craftsmanship to attest to his skills.
He was somewhat of a loner, except for his sidekick Fred, and was a very private person. He had a strong belief in treating others fairly and hated to see anyone or anything mistreated as many of his close friends will attest to.
Bob retired sometime around 2006 and looked forward to days of peace and quiet, which were again delayed as a dear, longtime friend of his became ill, and he took on the responsibility of watching out for her and eventually her affairs. Her name was Kay Scott, and she often referred to Bob as "the son she never had, thank God." They understood each other and were very devoted to one another. Her death in August 2009 was a source of profound grief and loss.
Over the years, he befriended many people and remained lifelong and faithful friends, a few being the Rjachovich family, the Rosatis, Chris Swanson, who he liked to think of as the son he never had with "no thank you, God," added, Ruben Rodriguez and his family, Steve Franco, his neighbors Don Ellis and Jose B. and many, many more. He greatly missed his close "retired friends," including the late Dr. Norm Currie and Fulton "Bumpy" Pichetti.
He had a quick impatience (temper would exert itself, but he was a man able to apologize, if he found himself wrong, of course) and held himself to as high a standard as he set for others.
After retirement, he faced many health issues, which he mostly kept to himself, but it was hard for him to slow down and accept his body not being able to keep up with his mind. He had a passion for fine woodworking and tinkering with clocks. He was anxiously awaiting the closing sale of his house in Hollister and moving with Fred to Pacific Grove, Calif., where he was wanting to sell another home and then fulfill his longtime dream of some property in Ferndale, Calif., near Eureka, preferably five to 10 acres with a house right in the middle and a five-car garage for all his hobbies and projects. Although his earthly dream will remain unfulfilled, he was at least able to leave this world together with his faithful little dog Fred.
Bob will be greatly missed by those who got to know not only his serious and sometimes stern nature, but also his kind, thoughtful and generous heart. There were so many people he was already looking forward to "lending a hand," either to get on their feet or to help them stay there.
He leaves behind his daughter, Kara McKierman; brother and sister-in-law, Curt and Lila Johnson; niece, Corrie; nephews, Ed and Rick; half-brother, Lee Steadman and fiancee, Camie Mendonca of Klamath Falls.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Johnson; grandparents, Pearl and Floyd Munn; his mother, Melba Johnson and his father, Curtis Johnson.
He was laid to rest in Eureka Aug. 9, 2013, alongside his grandparents with family and friends present.
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Published in Herald And News on Aug. 22, 2013