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Rodney Max Johnson


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Rodney Max Johnson

Burlington - Rodney Max Johnson, known to everyone as Joe, passed away on January 10, 2019 at the age of 89. It is with profound sadness and quiet relief that we announce the passing of Joe, born in Burlington, Vermont on October 28, 1929 to Max and Barbara (Whitney) Johnson. Both Parkinson's disease and Louie Body Dementia were to be the battles he fought for his last years on this earth. It was very difficult to watch these diseases slowly claim his once very active, extremely athletic body and his quick-witted mind. He loved and played all sports but was a highly awarded athlete in both baseball and football. He played both sports for Burlington High School, Vermont Academy and UVM. He also played baseball for a minor league team and while he was in the service during the Korean War he played for the Air Force. Later in life you could always find him on a golf course until the Parkinson's made that impossible. Joe was predeceased by his parents, brother Allen Johnson, sister Jean Lord, and granddaughter Shannon Christensen. He leaves behind his former wife, Marian (Wilson) Johnson and their five children, Paula Christensen, Sandy and her husband John Davis, Dan and his wife Genny, Brad and his partner Amy O'Neil and Jimmy and his wife Denise. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of his caregivers at The Arbors in Shelburne as well as the hospice nurses and staff at Bayada. There will be no services at this time. Sometime next summer there will be a private celebration of his life for family and friends at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Jericho Vermont where he wished to be buried alongside his beloved grandfather in a family plot. Contributions in Joe's memory may be made to .
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 13, 2019
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