Robert E. Johnson, 67, Escanaba, passed away on Monday morning, March 21, 2016 at his sister’s home surrounded by his family.
He was born on April 13, 1948 in Escanaba, son of Royal A. and Theresa A. (Blanchette) Johnson.
Bob graduated from Escanaba High School in 1966 and graduated from Bay de Noc Community College with an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Drafting and Design Technology.
He served in the United States Air Force during Viet Nam from February 21, 1967 until he was honorably discharged on February 21, 1971. Bob was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal.
He worked at Pisces as a draftsman and traveled all over the world setting up fishing machines.
He also worked at Decock Bottle Gas installing and repairing furnaces.
Bob loved to sail. He competed in the local races and the Chicago to Mackinaw race. Bob delivered yachts to different ports around the world. He loved to ride motorcycles and rode all the time. He also enjoyed downhill skiing and cross country skiing.
Bob was a member of the Escanaba Yacht Club.
He is survived by his mother, Theresa of Escanaba; siblings, Francis Johnson, Christine Leonard, and Patricia (George) Leach all of Escanaba, Doreen Johnson of Wells, Clifford Johnson, Frederick (Carol) Johnson, Jeffrey (Brenda) Johnson, Arlene Chenier, and William (Kim) Johnson all of Soo Hill, and Ellen (Daniel) Fischer of Gladstone; and many nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, Royal Johnson.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 25, 2016, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services will follow the visitation at the funeral home at 5 p.m. with Deacon Mike LeBeau officiating.
A meal will be served during the visitation.
Burial will be in Gardens of Rest Cemetery.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Johnson family.