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21 September, 1911 - 14 October, 1995

From The Idaho Press-Tribune

17 October, 1995
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Robert Johnson

    Robert A. Johnson, 84, of Parma, passed away of natural causes, Saturday, October 14, 1995, in a Nampa nursing home.  
    Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, 1995, at the Kirkpatrick Memorial Community Church, Parma. Rev. David Kegley and Rev. Dr. Ralph Marshall will officiate.  Burial will be in the Parma Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.
    Robert was born Sept. 21, 1911, at Parma, a son of E. G. Johnson and Ona Albertson Johnson.  He was raised in Parma and graduated from the University of Washington in 1934, with a degree in Business Administration, majoring in wholesaling.  He was employed by McKesson-Robbins Wholesale Drug in Denver, Colorado, until 1937, then he was transferred to its branch in Seattle, WA.  In 1940, Robert returned home where he joined his father and his brother, Sterling, in the farming and produce-shipping business, the S. E. Johnson Co.  In 1944, the company initiated the first crop-dusting business in Parma.
    On January 31, 1943, Bob married Louise Bales of Caldwell.  The couple have felt so fortunate to have over 52 wonderful years together.  To this union, a son and daughter, Roberta Louise and Gary William, were born.  
   Robert was a member of the Kirkpatrick Memorial Community Church, serving as elder and deacon and was a faithful choir member for many years.  He was a member of Parma Lodge #49 AF and AM; Scottish Rite; El Korah Shrine; and the Royal Order of Jesters.
    His community contributions include three years on the Parma City Council; was engaged on the Parma Farm Labor Board at the time the farmers were building a labor camp for the migrant help; served five years on the Malheur Hospital Board; and a longstanding member of the Farmer's Cooperative Ditch Board.  He was a member of the Idaho-Oregon Fruit and Vegetable Association throughout his business career.
    Since the early 1970s Robert served on the Whittenberger Foundation of Caldwell and the Board of Governors of the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Portland, Oregon.  In his later years he became an emeritus member of both boards.
    Bob was known for his warm and generous heart to all.  He loved being with his family and friends and will be greatly missed.
    Survivors include his wife, Louise, of Parma; a daughter, Bobbie Lou Johnson, of Parma; a son, Gary Johnson, of Nampa; a brother, Charles E. Johnson, and wife, Lois, of Parma; sister-in-law, Dorothy Johnson; sister-in-law, Lucille Clark, and husband, Hilton, of Vale, OR; two grandsons, Andrew Robert and Nicklaus Howard Johnson of McCall; several nieces and nephews and other dear relatives and friends.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Sterling E. Johnson.
    The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Kirkpatrick Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box 789, Parma, ID 83660; Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201; Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Fairfax Ave. and Virginia St., Salt Lake City, UT 84103; or a favorite charity.

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