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Updated: 06/28/2014 08:00:01AM

Robert E. Johnson

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Robert Eugene Johnson, 82, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Princeton, Ill., passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday, June 24, 2014, looking forward to being in Heaven for all eternity.

Bob was born Oct. 12, 1931, in Princeton, Ill., to Conrad and Nina Johnson. He was raised in Princeton, Ill., and served in the Army during the Korean War.

Bob then returned to Bureau County and became a successful farmer there for 60 years. He was active in the Pork Producers Association and Farm Bureau, where he served as a director.

Bob spent many years in the Venice, Fla., area and was an avid golfer. He and his wife, Marcia, moved here permanently in 2012.

Bob was an active Christian. He served at First Lutheran Church in Princeton, Ill., as a Sunday School superintendent, board member and on the building committee. He later transferred his membership to Evangelical Covenant Church in Princeton, Ill., and then to Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, Fla., where he lived his deep faith and was a dedicated member.

He had a heart for the Lord and his testimony was strong, steadfast and inspirational.

He is survived by his first wife, Joann; son, Bill (Jackie), daughters, Linda (Mike Haile) and Karen (Jim Czuprynski); six grandchildren, Matthew and Kimberly Johnson, Katy Ritter, Rob Czuprynski and Jennifer and Christopher Haile; and three great-grandchildren, Louisa and Ruby Johnson and Noah Ritter.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Conrad and Nina Johnson; and three brothers, Roland, Douglas and Lyle Johnson.

Bob is also survived by his wife, Marcia, four stepchildren, David (Tara), Tim (Cathy), Joel and Margaret Clement; and five step-grandsons, Jonathan, Matthew, Shane, Samuel and Noah.

Services: A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at Christ United Methodist Church, Venice, Fla., Saturday, July 12, at 11 a.m.

Contributions: Memorial gifts may be made to Christ United Methodist Church Mission Fund, 1475 Center Road, Venice FL 34293; or to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.