KEWANEE - Robert “Bob” E. Johnson, 84, of Kewanee, died at 6:00 PM, Friday, January 18, 2013 at Baptist Medical Center Beaches in Jacksonville Beach, FL.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, January 24 at the First Baptist Church in Kewanee. Rev. Dr. Kevin Siscoe will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM, Wednesday, January 23 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association or to the Kewanee Park District.
He was born May 10, 1928 in Kewanee, the son of Edwin and Martha (Toomey) Johnson. He married Shirley Rice on October 27, 1957 and they just celebrated 55 years of marriage in 2012. She survives, as does his son, Greg of Kewanee, daughter, Patty (Greg) Beatty and two grandsons, Danny and Matthew Beatty, all of Jacksonville, FL, a sister, Doris Wiley of Kewanee and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Betty Hall and Avis Schneider.
Bob attended Irving grade school and Kewanee High School. He served his country during the Korean War with the 369th EBM Co. out of Hudson Point in Port Townsend, WA and then later served in France. He owned and operated his own upholstery business for over 50 years in Kewanee. He loved bowling and was an accomplished bowler, winning the Masters Bowling Tournament four times and was elected to the Kewanee-Annawan Bowling Hall of Fame. He was also an avid golfer and achieved the “elusive hole-in-one” on #6 at Baker Park. He enjoyed golfing with the “guys” in the morning and also Friday night couples league. Bob was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and thoroughly enjoyed nothing more then playing golf and games with his grandson’s.