Robert C. Johnson, Sr. (Bob), of Delano, went home to the Lord Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, at the age of 66, following a 30-month battle against cancer.
He was born March 4, 1952, in Grand Forks, ND, to Kenneth and Beverly (Brown) Johnson.
Bob attended high school in Mentor, MN, graduating in May 1970. He then enrolled at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.
Bob married Sharon Knott, daughter of Henry and Pauline Knott, Sept. 18, 1971.
While living in Red Lake Falls, Bob worked as a business manager of the medical clinic for two years. At this time, God graciously gave them their first son, Robert Johnson, Jr.
Once settled in Milroy, MN, he served as the head basketball and head football coach and taught various business courses for seven years. During this time, they were blessed with a second son, Michael. Bob also was active in the Milroy Lions Club.
Bob relocated his family to Mitchell, SD in 1985, where they resided for 12 years. While there, he taught business and computer keyboarding classes at Mitchell Middle School. He was also the assistant varsity boys’ basketball coach, helping to lead the team to eight state championships.
In 1997, the family moved to Thief River Falls, MN, where Bob again taught, and was head varsity basketball coach.
In 2004, Bob and Sharon purchased a cabin on Lake of the Woods so they could enjoy their love of fishing.
In the fall of 2013, Robert put his faith and trust in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. From that time on, he enjoyed reading the Bible with his wife, praying with her, and leading his grandkids in family devotions.
In the spring of 2016, Bob and Sharon sold their cabin and moved to Delano, where Bob began his battle against cancer.
Bob loved the game of basketball. He enjoyed coaching, watching, and playing the game all his life. While bringing up their family, Bob and Sharon spent their summers camping and fishing.
Bob was a dedicated Minnesota Vikings fan. Golfing was another favorite pastime.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Beverly.
Bob is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sharon; sons Robert (Angela), and Michael (Sarah); grandchildren Brady, Nora, Avianna, Titus, and Isabelle; and sisters Lorelee Roth, Eileen Ostgaard, Marilyn Gruver, Kitty Stine, and JoLane Hiltabrand (Herb). He will be dearly missed by all of Sharon’s siblings, as well.
Bob’s funeral service took place Thursday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Delano Evangelical Free Church, with visitation from 2 to 3 p.m. at the church, prior to the service.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.