Robert Johnson, 88

Published 7:01 am Sunday, January 1, 2017

Robert Johnson, 88, of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center.



He was born Feb. 1, 1928, in Rochester, Minnesota, to Alfred and Mabel (Nelson) Johnson. Robert attended and graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1946. In November of 1950 he was inducted into the United States Army and served until September of 1952. On April 18, 1953, he was united in marriage to Ethelyn Roberts at the St Ignatius Parsonage in Spring Valley. In 1953, Robert started working for JF Anderson Lumber Company in Grand Meadow. He worked at the Grand Meadow location until 1955 when he became manager of the JF Anderson Lumber Co. in Dexter, Minnesota, where he worked until returning as manager to their location in Grand Meadow. In 1966 he became employed at IBM in Rochester as a shipping and receiving clerk. He was employed by IBM until his retirement in 1991 after 25 years of employment. Following his retirement he worked part-time at Boyum’s Grocery Store in Stewartville until 1998. Robert enjoyed spending time with his family, especially watching his grandchildren’s activities. He and Ethelyn enjoyed taking short car trips, and visiting Branson, Missouri. They also enjoyed dancing to polka and waltzing while socializing with friends. Robert enjoyed hunting and fishing and took pride in his yard work while driving his John Deere tractor. He was always a giving and caring father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Ethelyn of Grand Meadow; children, Diane (Larry) Kellner and Steven (Nancy) Johnson both of Rochester, David (Ann) Johnson of Grand Meadow and Barb (Brian) Abbott of Stewartville, Minnesota; seven grandchildren, Jessica (Tony) Pelzel, Nicholas Kellner, Ashley Johnson, Patrick Johnson, Paul (Allison) Johnson, Neal Abbott and Nathan Abbott; and five great-grandchildren, Nolan, William, Hudson, Griffin and Emma Pelzel. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Funeral Mass for Robert will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2016, at St Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will be in St Ignatius Cemetery in Spring Valley, Minnesota. Visitaion will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, and will continue at the church on Tuesday for one hour prior to the service.

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