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Robert J. "Bob" Johnson, 84 years of age died Friday March 9, 2018 with his family by his side. He was born June, 2, 1933 in New Albany to the late Julius and Bertha (Scott) Johnson and was the widower of his wife of 55 years Doris G. "Dotty" (Maddux) Johnson who died in 2004. Bob was a member and past Major with the New Albany Fire Department for 22 years until retiring in 1982. He was a graduate of the Police Academy, the founder of the N.A.F.D. Arson Bureau and first Arson Investigator with that bureau. His memberships included Fraternal Order of Police, International Association of Firefighters, and the Retired Firefighters Association. He loved fishing, hunting and the outdoors, but most of all he loved his family. Bob will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Robert Wayne Johnson, daughter Virginia A. "Ginny" Johnson, and siblings Ruth Eicholz and Wayne Johnson.
Survivors include three daughters Elizabeth "Janey" Lee (Roy), Patricia "Patsy" Hoskins (Dennis), and Lynda Grunzinger (Paul); four grandchildren Lisa Lee Farmer (Fred), Lori Hope (Marty), Jazmine Reed (Jeremie), and Sam Grunzinger (Christi); five great-grandchildren Jeremie, Lyla, Dawson, Jackson, and Hayden; one sister Linda Sue Wenning; and several nieces and nephews. Also a close family friend Pat Oliver.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday March 14, and after 9 a.m. Thursday March 15, at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring St., New Albany, Indiana. Funeral service 12 noon Thursday March 15 in the Kraft Spring Street Chapel. Burial with N.A.F.D. Honors will be in Fairview Cemetery, New Albany.
Online condolences to: www.kraftfs.com
The family requests that expressions of sympathy to Chapel Hill Christian Church, 6940 Chapel Hill Road, Borden, IN 47106 .
Published on March 12, 2018
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