Per Bob’s wishes, a celebration of life will be held by his immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances in the form of donations can be made to one of his and our family’s favorite place, and his grandson Daniel’s school, Matthias Academy at matthiasacademy.org.
Robert “Bob” Johnson, 82, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 with his wife of 57 years, Mary Lou, by his side.
Bob was a graduate of Bradford High School and the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. A dedicated teacher, he spent his entire career in the Kenosha Unified School District beginning in 1963. After a year at Frank Elementary and then Jane Vernon, he found his home at Washington Jr. High School where he taught until his retirement. He was fortunate to work with many wonderful colleagues who became his most cherished friends. After his retirement, he volunteered at the Racine Habitat for Humanity ReStore where he met a whole new group of friends to spend time with, all while helping those in need. A talented musician, Bob began playing the drums as a young boy and started working paid gigs in high school. He played with various bands in SE Wisconsin for weddings, parties, and other social events and enjoyed every minute of it.
Bob was a classic dad-joking kind of guy who was always up for telling an entertaining story. He enjoyed spending time with his children and meeting their friends and neighbors and was always ready for a good potluck or party. He loved to hear about the adventures of his grandchildren and their friends and had a great interest in the tales they would tell him. He had a tremendous sense of pride in every single one of children and grandchildren.
Bob is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, his children, Kelly, Kerry, Tim and Pat, and their families; Kelly and Nick Alfano (Brooke and Daniel), Kerry and Brian Gapinski (Jacob, Matthew, and Katherine), Timothy and Toni Johnson (LeeAnn, Megan, and Kimberly), Patrick and Kristyn Johnson (Cody). He was preceded in death by his birth parents, Isobel and Burt Johnson, and adoptive parents, Edith and Peter Martin.
A heartfelt note of thanks to Dr. Ellen Spieiring and the Advocate Aurora Hospice & Palliative Care for their compassionate care and for their assistance with helping Bob move peacefully on his journey. For this we are tremendously grateful.