July 28, 1958-Sept. 12, 2012
CANBY - Services for Robert "Bob" Arlon Johnson, 54, of Canby, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Canby. Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be at Hope Lutheran Cemetery in Minneota. Arrangements are with Birk Funeral Home of Canby.
He died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at his home.
He was born July 28, 1958, in Marshall to Arlon and Joan (Blood) Johnson. As a young boy, Bob lived with his grandparents, B. Garfield and Beatrice Johnson, at their farm south of Minneota. His dad married Helen (Martin) and after their marriage, Bob joined them in California. In the fall of 1969 the family moved to a farm south of Canby.
Bob attended Canby Public Schools and during his high school years he excelled in drafting under the direction of Mr. Ladd.
He graduated from Canby High School in 1977. Upon graduation he went to California and started in the construction trade with the Johnson family. He married Dixie Blue and in 1991 they had a son, Bradley. Bob relocated back to Minnesota and continued in the construction trade with the Anseeuw family.
For more than 10 years he enjoyed being a part of the pit crew for Bill Anseeuw's #5 race car. He enjoyed following Nascar racing and was a fan of Dale Earnhart, Jr. He also played darts, along with following Minnesota Vikings football and other sports and socializing with friends.
Survivors include his son, Bradley Johnson of Stockton, Calif.; his parents, Arlon and Helen Johnson of Gary, S.D.; sister Deb (and Rick) VanDerostyne of Canby; brothers Francis (and Connie) Johnson of Brentwood, Calif., and David (and Robin) of Fargo, N.D.; sister, Rose Marie (and Dave) Soupir of Marshall. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. His cousin Bill and Sue Anseeuw and their family were always there for Bob in life's ups and downs.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Joan; grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Blessed be his memory.