Robert  Johnson

Robert A. Johnson

May 22, 1937 - June 5, 2020
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Robert “Bob” Allen Johnson, age 83, of Ottumwa, Iowa passed away Friday, June 5, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Society.

Bob was born on May 22, 1937 to Elmer E. And Gertrude Johnson of Milnor, North Dakota. He was second of eight boys. Bob received degrees from the State School of Science in Whapeton and from North Dakota State University in Fargo. Bob moved to Ottumwa in 1961 and began working for John Deere Ottumwa Works. In June of 1961, he married Gayle Grindy of Wahpeton, ND. They were married for forty-seven years until her death in 2008. Bob was a Sargent (E6) in the 224th Engineering Battalion National Guard unit, honorably discharged in 1967. While serving with the Guard, Bob was “Soldier of the Month” at the Aberdeen Proving Ground and honor student for the MOS class.

Bob retired form John Deere in 1991 after 38 1/2 years of service. After retiring from John Deere, Bob continued to work as a handyman for many years in the local community. Bob was a past member of the American Home Finding Board, coached little league baseball for several years and coached football and basketball for Horace Mann Elementary School in the early 70’s. Bob was an avid outdoors-man. He loved hunting, trapping, and fishing with family in North Dakota, and his buddies in Iowa.

Bob is survived by five brothers, (Marshall, David, Steve, Harris, and John), his two sons, (Bryce of Gilbert, AZ and Brett of Ottumwa), and one grand-daughter, (Taylor Johnson). He was preceded in death by his wife Gayle, his parents, (Elmer and Gertrude), and two brothers, (Tom and Eugene).

Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at the Ottumwa Cemetery with Pastor Mark Johnson officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, opening to the public at 4:00 p.m., and Bob’s family will be present from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday evening at Sinnott Funeral Home in Ottumwa. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for his grand-daughters college fund. . Online condolences may be left for the family at
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday June 9, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday June 9, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sinnott Funeral Home ~ Ottumwa
    201 McKinley Ave.
    Ottumwa, IA 52501
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  • Interment

    Ottumwa Cemetery
    Ottumwa, IA 52501


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Noel Mohberg

Posted at 03:46pm
I offer my condolences to Bob's family and to his brothers. Bob took care of his brothers, and when I was along with the Johnson boys, Bob took care of me, too. May he rest in peace. Noel Mohberg

Paul Spihlmann

Posted at 12:50pm
Rest In Peace Bob and thank you for the memories Paul and Ruth Spihlmann

Jeri Smith & Karlyn Larson

Posted at 12:52pm
Our deepest sympathy Bryce and family.
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Jim/Julie Marlay

Posted at 11:09pm
We both have fond memories of working with Bob at JD. He was quick with a smile and a word of encouragement, not to mention his baked goodies. Truly one of the good guys. Rest easy, old friend!

Karen Pregon

Posted at 08:07pm
Bob was a good guy and a good boss. He made a "long"day fun. Lots of people from J.D. Ottumwa have many very fond memories of him. Always will probably be the "Indian" to most. RIP, Bob. Karen Pregon

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