Bobbie “Bob” L. Johnson, 79 years of age, of Harbine, passed away Wednesday July 12, 2017 at Bryan Medical Center East in Lincoln. He was born on November 10, 1937 in Hurst-Bush, Illinois to Elmer and Clara (Prater) Johnson. After attending part of his senior year in high school, Bob served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He married Doreen Slater on June 13, 1957 in Lincoln. Bob was a “master of all trades” and worked several jobs that included owning a truck driving business, construction and working at Peterson’s Manufacturing in DeWitt. He was a member of the American Legion, Roaming Volunteers In Christ, Christian Motorcycle Association and the Beatrice Speedway Hall of Fame. Bob enjoyed yardwork, landscaping, motorcycle riding, racing, camping, westerns, and especially spending time with and teasing his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Doreen; 2 daughters, Mary Johnson-Rowell of Lincoln, Bobbi Johnson-Riesen of Pickrell; 7 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Henry Johnson and wife Joyce, Michael “Joe” Johnson and wife Dixie, both of Beatrice; 4 sisters-in-law, Melva Jean Hartshorne of Lincoln, Joanne Slater of Cody, Wyoming, Arlene Tyler and husband Phil of Zavalla, Texas, Wauneta McKnight of Dorchester; brother-in-law, John and Cathy Slater of Nebraska City; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Gregory; grandson, Dillon Johnson; 2 brothers, Velmer and Don; brother-in-law, Bob Slater; and sister-in-law, Iona Richardson.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Monday, July 17, 2017 at Christ Community Church in Beatrice with Pastor Jack Magness officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Home Cemetery in Beatrice. Visitation will be held from 1 to 8 PM with family greeting friends from 4 to 5:30 PM Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Harman-Wright Mortuary in Beatrice. Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice in care of the mortuary. Condolences may be left online at www.harmanwrightmortuary.com. Harman-Wright Mortuary in Beatrice in charge of arrangements.