The Free Press, Mankato, MN

November 14, 2013

Robert L. Johnson

— Robert L. Johnson

    ST. JAMES:    A Celebration of Life Service  for Robert L. Johnson, 89 of  St. James, Minnesota  will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Hosanna Free Lutheran Church of St. James, Minnesota  with Pastor Joe Faldet officiating.  Burial will be in Kansas Lake Lutheran Cemetery in rural Butterfield, Minnesota with full military honors by the St. James Honor Guard, St. James, Minnesota.    

    Robert was called to his eternal rest on Tuesday evening November 12, 2013 at  Pleasant View Good Samaritan Society in St. James, Minnesota surrounded by his family. Visitation  and a time of sharing of memories with the Johnson family will be from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2013 at Kramer Family Funeral Home in Trimont, Minnesota and one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday. Personal words of comfort may be sent to the family online at www.

    Robert Lawrence Johnson was born March 16 ,1924 to Trugatt and Dorothy (Carlson) Johnson in Lockport, Illinois. He attended school in Truman and graduated from Trimont High School in 1942. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in North Africa and Italy during World Word II. He was married February 20th, 1948 to the beautiful Phyllis Jean Romsdahl. During the first years of their marriage they moved frequently returning to Minnesota in 1952. He worked at various positionsfrom meat cutter to grocery store owner to sales. They moved back to this area in 1964 when he became plant manager at the American Cyanamid plant in Ormsby where he worked until his retirement. Bob and Phyllis were active members of Hosanna Lutheran Free Church in St. James of which they were founding members in 1988. Bob enjoyed being with his family, reading, golf, travel, and a good brand sharp cheddar cheese. He was well-known at the St. James Public Library. He was also known for his practical jokes and had quite a sense of humor. There are "Oh Bob" stories too numerous to count. He loved to get in the car and drive. He knew the short cut to anywhere. His motto could have been "the road less traveled".    

    He is survived by his three daughters, Leah (Bryan) Johnson of Rochester, MN; LuAnn (Tom) Peterson of Trimont, MN and Lisa (Frank) Labby of Leesville, LA and his 14 grandchildren: Eric Johnson, Rochester,MN, Britta Johnson (Patrick Blake), Mt. Horeb, WI, Jennifer (Jack) Wenkel, New Bloomfield, MO, Carrie Johnson, Madison, WI, January (Rob) Elliott, Bemidji, MN, Zachary Peterson, Trimont, MN, Jordan Peterson, Trimont, MN, Anneka (Mike) Keech, Mankato, MN, Jesse Camelin, Fairmont, MN, Alida Chamberlin, Colorado Springs, CO, Analisa and MaryGrace Camelin, Leesville, LA, Zachary Labby, Leesville, LA and Bethany Labby, Dallas, TX. He is also survived by his great grandchildren Kailee, Sam and Adam and Johnson, Alex Blake, Grant, Bryce, and Bree Wenkel; Maya and Easton Elliott, Silas Keech; Makyla, Ariana and Leila Chamberlin and Kaedon Brown. He is also survived by his sister, Marjorie Swanson of Willmar, MN. And other relatives.

    In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years Phyllis, daughter, Leslie Jean, sisters Joyce "Tootie" and Deanna Sharstrom and son in law Jeramiah Chamberlin and other relatives.