Posted Online: March 29, 2013, 7:10 pm

Robert Johnson

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Robert Johnson
Robert Lawrence Johnson, 92, a resident of Rock Island for 37 years, and formerly of Galesburg, died March 27, 2013, at Trinity Rock Island, following a long illness.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, at Hinchliff-Pearson-West, Galesburg Chapel, 1070 W. Fremont St., Galesburg, with the Rev. Janet Lepp officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday. Military honors will be provided at the funeral home by the Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post No. 285. Burial will be at the West family plot at the Knoxville Cemetery immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers or statuary, you may donate to the Quad City Ostomy Club in Robert's name, 3743 40th St. Place, Moline, IL 61265.
He was the son of Edna (Hvarven) and Lawrence P. Johnson, born Sept. 18, 1920, in Galesburg. He married Barbara Jean West in Kahoka, Mo., Jan. 16, 1943.
He graduated from Galesburg High School in 1938, and then from Browns Business College in Galesburg. He spent many years in the wholesale grocery business working at Lyle Brown Co., Browns Specialty Co. and W.A. Jordan Co. (Red & White Foods), which was bought by Farm House Foods of Eldridge. At this time, he and his wife moved to Rock Island. He later worked at Food-For-Less in Davenport.
As a youth he was active in Boy Scouts as a cabin leader and instructor of lifesaving skills. He enlisted in the Army in June 1942 and was promoted rapidly, being recommended for officer candidate school in January 1943. He served in the Anti-Aircraft Battalions until being assigned to the Signal Corp as a captain. He served in the European and the Pacific theaters until 1946. He resumed his grocery career until 1952, when he was recalled to active duty in the Korean War, serving in northern Japan as air-ground liaison officer with the Air Force, attaining the rank of major. He resumed his civilian career in late 1955.
After a bout with cancer, he actively supported the Relay for Life and the Quad City Ostomy Club. As a hobby, "Bicycle Bob" enjoyed fixing and providing bicycles for people in the Quad-Cities area.
He was a life member of the Reserve Officers Association, life member of BPO Elks 894, Galesburg, Trinity Lutheran Church, Galesburg, Thor Lodge No. 9 Viking Club, Moline, St. James Lutheran Church, Rock Island, Quad City Ostomy Club, and American Society.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Barbara; three sons, William R. (Linda Lee Peterson) Johnson, Morton, Ill., Barrie L. Johnson, San Francisco, Calif., and Byron E. (Linda King) Johnson, Austin, Texas; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Johnson Casino, Rochester, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Barbara Johnson Long; and brothers-in-law, John E. Long Sr. and Dr. Joseph P. Casino.