John Robert Johnson

John Robert Johnson

April 12, 1941 - February 7, 2018



John Robert Johnson of Clear Lake City died February 7, 2018. Born in Elgin, Texas on April 12, 1941. Predeceased by father, William L. Johnson, Sr.; mother, Jennie M. Chance; brother, William L. Johnson, Jr.; and sister, Carolyn J. Ratcliff.

Survived by the loves of his life, daughter, Dara Leigh Johnson; ex-wife, Barbara M. Johnson; both of Clear Lake City; brother, James W. Johnson of Goliad, Texas; sister, Jennie M. (Ginger) Rodriguez of Richmond, Texas; nieces and nephews; and members of his Trivia team in Clear Lake City.

Johnny grew up near Refugio, Texas. At age seven moved to Weesatche in Goliad County, where he completed grade school. He went to Goliad High School, from where he graduated in 1958.

He completed one year at The University of Texas at Austin before being drafted into the U.S. Army in August 1959. Served as Morse Code Radio Operator in the 317th Combat Engineers in Hoechst, Germany until released in August, 1961. Recalled to active duty for an additional year because of the Berlin Wall Crisis. Was released again in August 1962, and finally discharged from the Army in August 1965.

He and Barbara Milner were married in Goliad, Texas on April 4, 1964. They were blessed with one child, daughter Dara Leigh.

When the cold -war GI Bill passed in the summer ,1966, he returned to UT-Austin, from where he received a B.S. in Chemistry in January 1969.

He worked as an analytical chemist for DuPont for about five years, after which he worked for several scientific instrument companies as technical specialist sales, and sales management before retiring from Varian with health issues in 1997.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Forest Park East Funeral Home, 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster, Texas 77598. Funeral Services will follow at 3:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Forest Park East Cemetery, Webster, Texas.


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