Robert Elwyn Johnson, age 83, of Iowa Falls, died on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at the Ellsworth Municipal Hospital in Iowa Falls. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday August 20th at the First Congregational U.C.C. with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery in Popejoy. Visitation will be on Monday from 4-7 p.m. with an Elk's Service at 7 at the Surls Funeral Home of Iowa Falls.
Robert Elwyn Johnson was born May 9, 1930 to Frederick and Mavis (Hammitt) Johnson in Popejoy, Iowa. He graduated from Popejoy High School in 1948. Bob went on to attend Ellsworth Community College before serving his country stateside in the United States Army, during the Korean War. Upon his return to civilian life, he was united in marriage to Anna Seim on July 5, 1953. In 1956, he graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. Bob and Anna moved to Southern California to pursue Bob’s career and raise a family. Bob worked for ITT Gilfillan for 35 years designing radar equipment for American and foreign government contracts. Many of his innovative ideas resulted in government patents. His job also brought him to many interesting locales all over the world. At retirement in 1992, Bob and Anna decided to move back to Iowa and made their home in Iowa Falls. Sadly, Anna passed away in 1996. Bob re-married Betty (LaRue) Greiman on October 16, 1996. Bob and Betty were able to travel throughout Europe and enjoy many family activities in their 16+ years together. Bob was a member of the Iowa Falls Elks Club and the Ellsworth Community College Booster Club. Over the years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, working puzzles, and solving brain teasers. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mavis; half-brother, Georgie; step-fathers, Howard Abels and Shirley Ketchum; his son, Steven; and his first wife, Anna. Bob is survived by his wife, Betty; his aunt, Carol Ellingson of Popejoy; his sister, Jo Ann Tystahl of Iowa Falls; his two daughters, Barbara (Frank) Amato of Iowa Falls and Carol (Christian) Allen of Wellsburg; two step-children Mike (Janet) Schroeder of Dows and Linda Banks of Minnesota; five grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and three step-great grandchildren.