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Robert Lee Johnson Obituary

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Robert Lee Johnson

Walterboro, SC

April 11, 1929 - February 1, 2024

Robert Lee Johnson Obituary

Robert Lee Johnson (Bob) was born April 11, 1929 in Rockford, Ill.  He returned home to be  with his heavenly father on February 1, 2024 at The Veteran’s Victory House in Walterboro, SC at the age of 94.  His loved ones that departed before him are his parents; Irma and Ture Johnson; wife; Cheryl;  twin sister Virginia Leigh Johnson; brother and sister in law; Albert and Mary Johnson,  stepson; Thomas Coates, grandchildren; Jeremy Dammarell,  Georgann Schindler, and Christopher Coates. 


Dad married Sue Ellen Becker (Johnson, Huber) in Chicago,  August 31, l955. They had 6 children together;  Shawn (Joe) Schindler of LaPorte, In, Jan (Jim) Madden of Summerville, SC, Doreen Johnson of  Florida, Robert Johnson Jr. of St. Petersburg, Fl,  Christopher (Madelyn) Johnson of Hobart, In, and Jennifer (Steven) Gibb. 


After a time he married Cheryl Coates, whom he celebrated life with for over 40 years,  becoming “Dad” to her children; leaving behind Kym Serafin (GA),  and Jennifer (Mitch) Young, Acworth, GA.  


Robert Johnson was so proud of his large family which also came to include 19 grandchildren. He leaves behind grandchildren;  Christine, Tommy, Matthew, Taylor, Mitchell, Nichole, Kristle, Stephanie, Christopher, Gabrielle, Gavin, Gianna, Andrew, Skylar, Aiden, and Damon;  and 11 great grandchildren. Additionally he was blessed with caring nieces; Dawn Stuver (Dale), and Julia Banerjea, and many other nieces and nephews. 


Dad being a man of faith, loves our Lord and did his best to teach his children in the good and right ways. He also loved his country, joining the United States Army as a brave young man of 17 years old, during the WW II era. 


Dad worked over 30 years as a proud member of the Teamsters Union,  driving trucks and delivering home furnishings.  His work ethic allowed his family to feel secure and cared for. 


Dad was raised in a Deaf home. Therefore, he was fluent in sign language  and communicated with his deaf parents and friends.  He took delight in teaching others to “sign” and in his last days was able to teach a member of his care team  to sign “I Love you.” 


Our father was a superb story teller, especially recounting  the “Good Old Days” growing up in Chicago with his buddies (who always held a special place in his heart). Some stories were true, some we are not so sure….  But all were wonderfully told of his great adventures growing up in Chicago. He was mischievous then and until he left us.  He had a keen sense of humor, a way of making people laugh and bringing them to a better place.  


Dad enjoyed  being with family. In his younger days, he would take his family to Chicago on the weekends to visit Gramma and other family. 

He enjoyed  camping, boating, taking walks and drives, going to the woods, beach, museums, and zoos. He had an infinite love for nature and instilled that in his kids at a very young age. He was an animal lover and allowed his children the opportunity to bond with several different types of pets; doves, chickens, boa constrictors, tarantulas, iguanas, and many dogs.  One of his favorite dogs was Sheba. She loved our Dad so much, he could  easily walk her without a leash on a busy street. 


He loved music, dancing, live oak trees, a good hot dog, playing chess, and resale shopping. He collected books, watches, coats, shoes, guns and tools.  He saw the value in everything and and everyone and frequently was heard to say “I lived a really good life.”


A true lover of all the sweet things in life, Dad often chose to eat his dessert first. Cake, candy, cookies, pie, chocolate… and lots of ice cream, especially if blended into a milkshake.  Rumor has it there were  “secret ingredients” added to his milkshakes at Jan and Jim’s house that kept him healthy, happy and sassy, but really it was protein powder and TLC (that’s Tender Loving Care)! 


We are forever grateful to our sister,  Jan and her husband, Jim for all they did to provide Dad a happy, comfortable and safe home, including those great milkshakes. TLC indeed and then some!


Dad unconditionally loved his whole family and we absolutely love you Dad now and forever!


A sincere ‘thank you ‘ to the Veterans Administration for the services and medical care provided to our father .


We are most grateful to the nurses and Ancillary Staff of the Veterans Victory House (“the boots on the ground”). You cared for Robert Johnson with professionalism, dignity, and kindness.


There will be a Celebration of Life at the Brice Herndon Funeral Home, 1193 Bells Hwy, Walterboro, SC on our Father’s Birthday April 11th. Visitation is at 10 AM. Service is at 11AM. Interment will follow at Beaufort National Cemetery at 2PM. 

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