Robert Allen Johnson of Midway, Utah, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006, in the warm and loving presence of his seven children, wife Charlene, brother Daniel, sister Patricia and other family members. Robert was a larger-than-life character, full of love and light and good cheer. As much as his family misses him, they also want to celebrate his rich and full life that touched so many people.
Robert was born July 22, 1939 to Frances and Elgin Johnson of Star Valley, Wyo., and was reared in southern California. Robert served a three-year mission for the LDS church in Japan, and soon thereafter served in the military as a cryptology specialist for the U.S. Army.
An innocent blind date turned momentous when Robert proposed to Charlene Chalk on that same night. Four months later they were married, and went on to have seven beautiful children and eight grandchildren during their 40 years of marriage.
Robert began a successful career in chiropractic in southern California, working largely on people in the film industry. The family relocated from the wilds of L.A. to the tranquil Heber Valley in 1985, and bought the old Johnson Mill in Midway. The mill was gradually converted from a home to an inn, and over time, Robert found that he really loved being an innkeeper. He worked at the inn full-time, and he and Charlene built Johnson Mill into a beautiful and idyllic retreat. When the cancer that ravaged Robert’s body finally overwhelmed him after a long illness, he was taken to his daughter’s house for the final three days of his life on this earth. It was a precious and sacred time, where Robert’s best characteristics showed in the loving attention of his family, maintaining his wonderful sense of humor to the very end. We’ll cherish those moments, as we cherish the memories and lessons of our husband, father and uncle Bob.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006, at 1 p.m. in the Midway LDS 1st Ward, 250 East 200 South, Midway. Friends may call from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the church prior to the services.
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