Robert 'Bob' E. Johnson
March 30, 1930 - January 22, 2017
Bob was born on the south side of Chicago during the Great Depression. After graduating from high school there, he attended college in San Jose and Denver and earned a business degree at the University of Denver. He worked at United Air Lines his entire career, starting as a reservations Agent in Denver, developing his career at United’s executive offices in Chicago in the '60s, and rising through the ranks to run the business operation at United's Flight Training Center in Denver in the '70s and '80s. Later in his career he enjoyed training flight attendants in emergency procedures.
Bob met his wife, Jackie, in United’s reservations department at Denver’s Stapleton Airport; they married in 1954 and had two sons, Mark and Lee. While living in Aurora, Colorado they were active in the Cherry Creek School District as advocates for excellence in progressive education. They retired to Medford, Oregon in 1993 where they were active in the Medford Rose Society and Opera Guild, made lasting friendships, and grew to be a part of southern Oregon's culture, attending plays and symphony events, the Shakespeare festival, etc. Bob and Jackie later moved to the Charbonneau district of Wilsonville, Ore. near Portland to be closer to family and watch Mark's kids, Eric and Scott, enjoy their Lake Oswego High School experience. Bob always looked forward to being with Lee's kids, Quin and Turner, through many visits back and forth to Pasadena.
Bob was a much-loved husband, father, and grandfather. He worked very hard and was successful in all his endeavors. Bob and Jackie enjoyed world travel, starting during the golden age of the airlines and continuing into this century. Bob’s avocations included electronics kit building from garage door openers to audiophile stereo gear, as well as home construction and wood shop furniture projects; he was also an opera and classical music aficionado. After his retirement, Bob found particular fulfillment patrolling fire roads as a volunteer with the Forest Service. Bob accomplished so much for his family and rose so far beyond the south side of 1930s Chicago that it can truly be said that he lived the American Dream.
Bob is survived by his wife, Jackie; children, Mark (Julie) and Lee (Lisa); and grandchildren, Eric, Scott, and Turner (Quin predeceased him.)