Robert Joseph Johnson, 78, of Cathedral City, Calif., passed away September 14, 2010 in Palm Desert, Calif. of lung cancer. He was born March 6, 1932 to Joseph T. and Bessie V. Johnson in Troy, Idaho. He married Mary L. Hinkle on August 5, 1973 in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He was an Equipment Repair Technician with California water and telephone, GTE and Verizon. He retired in 1986 after 36 years of service. Robert is survived by his spouse, Mary L. Johnson of Cathedral City, Calif.; daughter, Carla (Steve) Mirich of Templeton, Calif.; sons, Rick Johnson of Palm Springs, Calif. and Stephen Johnson of Desert Hot Springs, Calif.; sisters, Fern Anderson of Moscow, Idaho and Dorothy Payne of Spokane, Wash.; brother, Earl Johnson of Moscow, Idaho; 2 grandchildren, Lia (Chris) Thomas of Cathedral City, Calif. and John R. (Sonya) Burkett of Palm Springs, Calif. and 7 great-grandchildren, Karli Risk, Christie, Annabelle, John and Dylan Thomas, Eden and Ella Burkett. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Carol Swanson and Phyllis Johnson. Future private interment will be at Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, Calif. Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks and Mortuaries.
Published in The Desert Sun from Sept. 18 to Sept. 23, 2010
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