Robert V. Johnson

Born: Wed., Oct. 17, 1956
Died: Sun., Jan. 17, 2021


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 22, 2021
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, Sat., Jan. 23, 2021
Location: Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc.

Memorial Service

3:30 PM Sat., Jan. 23, 2021
Location: Praise Fellowship Church

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Robert V. Johnson II, of Russell, died on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Erie, PA following a three-week illness. Bob was born on October 17, 1956 in Warren, PA, the oldest child and only son of Robert V. Johnson and Betty Garvin Johnson. A lifelong resident of Russell, Bob graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1974, and was employed by Blair Corporation for 32 years, and later by Ellwood National Forge for the past eleven years. Bob will be remembered for his loving devotion to his family, his love of nature and the outdoors, and his mentoring youth throughout his life as a coach and 4H leader. In addition to his mother, Betty, he is survived by his wife, Rene H. Johnson, to whom he was married for thirty years; three sons, L. Caleb Johnson and his fiancée Zoe Mathias, of LaGrande, Oregon; R. Blake Johnson of San Diego, California; and Graham H. Johnson, at home; three foster daughters, Lisa (Scott); Kaylee; and Tiffany; three sisters, Joyce Benton (Greg Leofsky); Dawn (Jeffery) Keller; and Faith (Kevin) Thomas, all of Warren County; his mother-in-law Nancy L. Heilman, of Sarver, Pennsylvania; his father-in-law J. Daniel Heilman, also of Sarver; his sisters-in-law Amy (Rocco) Bruno of Bastrop, Texas, and Erika Heilman (Myron Kurtiak) of Lee, New Hampshire; brother-in-laws Bradley (Heidi) Heilman of Waylan, Massachusetts, and Nathan Heilman (Therese Fafard) of New Haven, Vermont; 21 nieces and nephews and 12 great grandnieces and grandnephews, his aunt, Nancy Johnson, of Warren and his uncle, Russell Johnson, of Russell. Bob was preceded in death by his grandparents, and his father, Robert V. Johnson, on January 2, 2021. Friends will be received at the Peterson-Blick Guneral Home Inc. 1003 Penna. Ave. E., Warren, on Friday, January 22, from 4 to 6 pm, and on Saturday, January 23, fro 12:30 to 1:30. A private Graveside Service will follow at the Thompson Hill Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:30 PM on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at Praise Fellowship, 7451 Market Street, Russell, PA, with the Pastor Chuck Blair, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, of the Church of the New Jerusalem. Donations may be made to the Warren County Children’s Advocacy Center, 110A East St. Clair St., Warren, PA 16365, or a charity of one’s choice. Those wishing to send online condolences may do so by visiting Those wising to join the service to be held at 3:30 pm Saturday m join by visiting

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Frank Wilcox
   Posted Tue January 19, 2021
Good neighbor. Nice guy and hard worker.

Shawn & Michelle Hitchcock
   Posted Tue January 19, 2021
You and your family are in our prayers. We are so sorry for your loss.

Kevin Martin
   Posted Wed January 20, 2021
So very sorry to hear the news. Bob was a great person, appreciated his humor especially at work.

My thoughts are with the entire family during this time.


Dan Drum
   Posted Wed January 20, 2021
Sorry for your lose, Bob and I graduated together and worked together for the past eleven years. He was a great person in many ways.

Randy & Kristin Moore
   Posted Wed January 20, 2021
Our sympathy & prayers are with your family.

Steven Edwards
   Posted Wed January 20, 2021
Sorry for your lose, it is hard to understand and difficult to deal with at this stage of our lives. Bob was a great friend to Linda and I and, served as a BIG BROTHER to us and many others over the years. His faith in God, the love and caring he showed to all, helpfulness, conversations we had of the outdoors, wildlife, farming, family, fun, and laughter are all things that come to mind when I think of him. My sincere love and prayers go out to you and the boys. May God hold you in his hands and comfort you as he has me in these trying times. Steve Edwards

Ruth Nelson
   Posted Wed January 20, 2021
I am so sorry. I remember long ago some fun times with our families when we were just kids. So hard to lose Bob but also your father just two weeks ago. My thoughts are with you. Ruth

Gerda Griffiths
   Posted Wed January 20, 2021
I will remember Bob for the knowing glint in his eyes. He knew what was up, though he did not always expound on what he knew. The sparkle in his eye was matched only by that of his wife, Rene, who is also a very insightful person. It is hard to imagine them apart... for now. Love to you, Rene, and to your children and Bob's mom.

Rich Stein
   Posted Wed January 20, 2021
I was crushed to hear of Bob's passing. I've always thought he is one of the nicest people I've known. I always enjoyed visits with him at May camp. I am forever grateful for the long conversation he and I had on the deck at Bill's wedding.

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

With much Love, Rich Lea and Family

steve and Kim wilkins
   Posted Wed January 20, 2021
Rene and family: We are so sorry for your loss!!! Any time that Bob and I got together to visit we had a wonderful time swapping hunting stories!! We will continue to pray for you and your family.

Kelley and Brian Wood
   Posted Wed January 20, 2021
Joyce and family,
We were so sorry to hear of your brother's passing and your dad. I know how close your family is, they will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Brian and Kelley Wood

Rosemary Hanson
   Posted Wed January 20, 2021
Rene, Please accept my sincere heartfelt sorrow for the loss of your husband.

Jim Lindsay Family
   Posted Wed January 20, 2021
Sending Love and Sympathy to you Rene and all the Johnson Family! Thinking of you. May God Bless your Family!!
Love and Prayers,
Jim and Mary Lindsay

Krishna & Brennan
   Posted Wed January 20, 2021
Caleb and Blake, we both are so sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was a really great person. Krishna Callahan and Brennan Collingwood

Robert McClain
   Posted Thu January 21, 2021
Rene, Getchen can't tell you enough as to how sorry we feel about the passing of Bob, He was a good christian man, great friend and neighbor. He will certainly be missed. If there is ever anything we can do for you or the boys, please don't hesitate to ask.

Marcus Hert and Chelsea Watson
   Posted Thu January 21, 2021
With deepest sympathy as you remember Robert, we are sending comforting hugs and healing prayers. Please know you are in our hearts and in our prayers.

Patricia Lindsay
   Posted Thu January 21, 2021

Small Spathiphyllum was sent by Al and Trish Lindsay.

To Rene: Sending you and your family love and sympathy for your sudden and heartbreaking loss. Keeping you in our prayers, Al and Trish

Dick Burlingame
   Posted Thu January 21, 2021
Rene, Caleb, Blake,& Graham,
I am so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. Prayers for your family.

Dean Wescoat
   Posted Thu January 21, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was a good guy and a great worker, I am truly sorry for his passing. One of the good guys.

Gale McCullough
   Posted Fri January 22, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Bob was one of the good ones. Keeping you guys in our prayers

Rod & Lara Larson
   Posted Fri January 22, 2021
We are deeply saddened that Bob has passed away. You've been great neighbors over the years. It wasn't that long ago that Bob stopped and chatted with us as we were out walking. We are keeping you, your children, and your entire family in prayer.

Rebecca Downey
   Posted Sat January 23, 2021
Rene and family,
We will continue to pray for you, the boys and your entire extended family as you grieve the loss of Bob and his father just a few weeks ago. Although the last few months have been so difficult for our extended family, we have hope in our Lord Jesus Christ that our loved ones are with him in heaven and that we will see them again one day. It is so comforting to share memories of when they were here with us. I will always remember Bob and all of the fun times we shared with the crew at the Nazarene church. Most of the memories include Andy, his cousin, and Dave Phelps-the three, self-proclaimed "bachelors-till--the-rapture"! Obviously, they all found wonderful Christian wives and settled down with families, but back then they were pretty proud of their independence! We all had fun at volleyball nights and Pizza Hut afterwards, four-wheeling in the woods in Bob's Bronco, and target shooting, campouts and campfire services at Teaberry. Since the boys and I moved back to PA after Andy died, we enjoyed re-connecting at family gatherings, swimming up at the McFarland's pond and chatting every year at the fair about the pigs! Bob was always fun to talk with and he definitely enjoyed sharing his love of the outdoors with those around him. I loved his dry sense of humor and sly smile that always hinted at his bent towards fun and mischief. He will be greatly missed!

Karen Marsh
   Posted Sat January 23, 2021
Dear Rene and family,

I've been reading through these condolences and realizing again what a fun guy Bob was... wish I had lived in the area and was able to share in some of those fun times. His sense of humor was evident, and I just felt when we were getting reacquainted in the last several months that there was still that same sense of mischief that I remember as a kid.
My heart is crying for you Rene. You loved Bob and brought up a family with him. I pray for comfort and hope for you as you face times of loneliness and feel most acutely that hole that Bob left. And for all of you his sons who have lost your father and friend, I pray for comfort and real peace that only God can give.
Love, Karen and David Marsh

Karen Marsh
   Posted Sat January 23, 2021
Joyce, Dawn, and Faith

I'm really sorry for the loss of your father and your big brother so close together. I am praying for each of you. I know how hard it is to lose a sibling, and just feeling that it is way too soon. It was for both of my sisters. Having experienced all of this just recently, I also thank all of you for your prayers for us. I'm thankful that God does hear and answer our prayers and that He will be with us as we grieve.
I'm also thankful for the Johnson family and all the "characters" in it. We have quite a legacy and we are blessed.

Love and Prayers
Your cousin Karen

Sherry Phillips
   Posted Sun January 24, 2021
Rene and family,
Our hearts are hurting with you in the tragic loss of your husband and father. Gary and I remember talking with Bob at your farm when we borrowed a couple chickens for the Bethlehem Marketplace program at Calvary Baptist. Your 4-H projects were interesting and definitely meaningful to the youth who participated. We are so very sorry but know you are comforted by the memories you hold in your heart and by the assurance of being reunited for eternity.

Wendy MacQueen
   Posted Tue January 26, 2021
I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to the family, may peace be with you.


The MacQueens & Jakubczak family.

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