LOOMIS -- Robert Wesley Johnson, 90, of Loomis, died Sunday (Jan. 11, 2009) at Christian Homes Care Community in Holdrege.
He was born Jan. 17, 1918, at Chicago, Ill., to John and Martha (Swensen) Johnson. He received his education at Chicago, graduating from Lakeview High School with the class of 1936.
He served his country in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during World War II and earned several awards including a Bronze Star with the 96th Infantry Division. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Loomis and lived in the Veegert family home, where his wife grew up.
He returned to work as a mechanic in Loomis and Holdrege for a few years prior to his employment as the custodian for Loomis Public Schools, where he worked for more than 29 years.
His wife, Nema died July 22, 2008. He then moved to the Christian Homes Care Community in December of 2008.
He was a past member of the Methodist Church in Loomis, prior to the closing of the church. For many years he was a volunteer fireman and a member of the South Central Nebraska Amateur Radio Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Nema and brother, John Howard Johnson.
Survivors include his two sons, Cliff Johnson and wife, Janelle of Trenton and Chuck Johnson and wife, Ellen of Holdrege; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be Thursday, 10:30 a.m., at Evangelical Free Church in Loomis with the Rev. Tom Thompson officiating. Interment will be in the Moses Hill Cemetery in Phelps County with military honors provided by the Loomis Veteran's Organization in conjunction with the U.S. Army National Guard Honors Team.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 1-8 p.m., at Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.
A memorial has been established in his memory and will be designated at a later date. Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.