Robert (Bob) C. Johnson

          Robert C. (Bob) Johnson, 96, of Roeland Park, KS, passed away on June 15th, 2020. Bob was born on March 18th, 1924, in Oklahoma City, OK, to Elmer and Virginia Johnson. Bob will be interred next to his wife, Glenna, at Johnson County Memorial Gardens. Memorial services have not yet been scheduled because of concerns about the spread of Covid-19.

          Bob was a graduate of West Junior High School in Kansas City, MO; Shawnee Mission Rural High School; and Kansas State College. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the South Pacific with the U.S. Coast Guard. After a long engineering career, he retired from Kansas City Power and Light Company. In 1940, Bob became a member of Southridge Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and sang with the choir. Bob and his wife, Glenna, were very active with Mariners in Mission and participated in many work parties at Presbyterian colleges, seminaries, and camps. He was a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and was active in quartet and chorus performances. Bob also belonged to the Shawnee Masonic Lodge 54 and the American Legion.

         Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Glenna. He was a proud father of four sons and proud of their wives: Ernest (Carol Marinovich) Johnson, Gerald (Barbara) Johnson, David (Laura) Johnson, and Mark (Linda Khym) Johnson, all of whom survive him. He is also survived by two grandsons, Rob Johnson and Scott Johnson; one granddaughter, Miranda Excell Johnson; two step-granddaughters, Tamar Excell and Megan Excell; five great-grandchildren, Bobby, Hadley, Brayden, Shea, and Cole Johnson; and two step-great-grandchildren, Mila and Savannah Wright.


Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. 


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17 Comments on “Robert (Bob) C. Johnson”

  1. Tim & Amy Kraly Says:

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Ernies father. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and the family during this difficult time.
    God Speed!
    Love you guys!

  2. Pat Brune Says:

    Ernie and Carol – so sorry for your loss even after a long life well lived. You were supportive to the end and you will enjoy your memories forever.

  3. Lorene Faulconer Says:

    To all the Johnson family- so sorry to hear of your loss. Bob was a wonderful and loving man. I accompanied him many times at Southridge when he sang and his gift of music and sharing was outstanding. He and Glenna were always so kind and generous, I know you will miss him greatly and my prayers are with you. I imagine Bob is singing “His Eye is on the Sparrow” in heaven.

  4. Dan Yoakum Says:

    Dear Johnson Family:
    I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. I remember spending nights over at your house as a child and having the pleasure to hear Bob’s singing ability. Now he sing in heaven. Peace be with you.

  5. Donovan and Becky Ball Says:

    We are sad to hear about Bob’s passing. We will be praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  6. Laura Drybread Seitz Says:

    My deepest sympathies to your family for your loss. I remember Bob with great fondness. He was a very kind, and good man. I will keep you all in my prayers. God bless.

  7. Charles Tulloch Jr Says:

    Jerry Barb and Family, sorry to learn of your loss. Our thoughts and prayer are with you.

    Arnie And Donna

  8. Allan Cooksey Says:

    My deepest sympathies in your time of loss. May his memory comfort you always.

  9. Ky Weekley Says:

    It was a blessing to have known Bob during these last few years at Southridge Church. God’s care to you family members!

  10. Mac Andrew Says:

    I am a good freind Jerry Johnson and I will be praying for the family during this sad time.

  11. Deb Vavra Says:

    Another amazing soul goes home. Although we are left in sorrow, I know that Glenna eagerly awaited his arrival. Our hearts go out to all of his family. As well as the rest of us who were truly touched by his bright light in our lives.

  12. Don Wilson Says:

    I am sad to learn of Bob’s death. I have known Bob in associations with Southridge Presbyterian Church, having served as interim pastor there in 2009. I always think with great appreciation of his love of music that was such an important part of his life. He was indeed a faithful servant of Christ and a pillar of Southridge Church up to its recent closing. My prayers are with all of you, his family. I trust that God’s Grace will sustain you through this time of grieving and into the future.

    Rev. Don Wilson

  13. Joni Baeke-Hartong Says:

    I knew Bob and Glenna through my parents, as Bob and my Dad both sang with Overland Stage Chorus (Barbershoppers). Bob sang with the quartet at my Dad’s funeral. He and Glenna were pillars in the organization, always dependable, always full of good ideas. I know that he will be missed by everyone who was a part of his life. His sons are blessed to have had such wonderful parents. Joni Baeke-Hartong

  14. Michael Webb Says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with one of the nicest families I have had the pleasure of knowing. Bob will sing in perfect harmony.

  15. Dick & Mona Hartzler Says:

    We’re sure Bob rounded up a quartet as soon as he passed the pearly gates and gave Glenna a hug. What a privilege to have known and sung with Bob for so many years. He had an outstanding family and many friends who are missing him. Our loss is Heaven’s gain, and he’s singing with the angels forever.

  16. Travis Smith Says:

    When I met Bob, he was in his 80’s, but he always seemed to be a young man behind an old man’s face. The gleam in his eye and roguish grin as he would strike into a recitation of “Mandalay” or the bittersweet words of “Old Bones” let you know the young man he had once been was alive and well, if a bit reduced in speed. My experience of the man was that he was a kind, giving, and forgiving man, who always had a smile for a friend. I will forever treasure his mentorship and gift of song. I pray God keep and protect Bob and all those he loved.

  17. Bill DeMoss Says:

    I was sad to learn of Bob’s passing. I will always be thankful that I got to know Bob– through barbershopping, singing with him in the Johnson County Chorus and the Lonesome Lads quartet. He was a great friend and mentor to me in barbershopping. We enjoyed staying in touch for more than 40 years even though living in different states. I was blessed to receive quite recently from Bob a gift of 2 barbershop chorus DVD’s. He must have sent them just days before he passed away and they will remain to me a cherished reminder of times we spent together ‘keeping the whole world singing.” Thanks be to God for Bob for touching so many with God’s love!

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