|Pelan Funeral Services. Oakland, NE Internet 6 Apr 2018 (photo)|
Robert E. Johnson
Robert E. Johnson was born April 17, 1941, at the Oakland Hospital in Oakland, Nebraska, to Russell and Emma (Hilbers) Johnson. He is one of five brothers and three sisters. He passed peacefully on April 4, 2018, in the Oakland Heights Nursing Home, after battling a series of strokes at the age of 76 years old.
After graduating from Oakland High School in 1959, Robert began farming full-time with his father. He served in the Army Reserve for 6 years, without having to see active service. On June 30, 1963, he married Karen L. Monson, his high school sweetheart, from Craig, Nebraska; together they had three children.
Robert was involved in his local community. He served on the Elim Lutheran (Swaburg) church council, the Nolana School Board (District 57) and the town council of Uehling, Nebraska. He was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland.
After 43 years of farming, Robert and Karen spent several years camping at different locations throughout the country. Wherever they were, Robert used his mechanical skills; he worked as work camper for five winters in Texas and one summer in Wyoming. They spent several summers as campground hosts at Cottonwood campground by Yankton, South Dakota.
Robert had a passion for fishing, which led most family vacations to be somewhere near the water. He enjoyed annual fishing trips with his brothers, including a trip to the Canadian interior.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Emma Johnson; brother, Stanley Johnson.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Karen of Oakland, three children, Nancy (Greg) Johnson of Oakland, David (Kelli) Johnson of Sioux City, IA, Laura Egbers of Blair, NE; eight grandchildren, Melissa Panning of Fremont, NE, Marka Greve of Oakland, Adam Johnson of Craig, NE, Chase Jensen of Blair, Dietrich Egbers of Blair, Deardra Egbers of Blair, Rylee Johnson of Sioux City, and Brady Johnson of Sioux City; six great grandchildren.
Visitation: Friday, April 6 from 6-8 p.m. At Pelan Funeral Services, 310 S. Charde Ave. Oakland, NE
Memorial Service: Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m. At First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201 N. Davis Ave. Oakland, NE Cemetery: Oakland Cemetery
~~~ Obituary courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair Public Library at Blair, Nebraska.~~~