Robert “Bob” Johnson passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 19, 2022.

Bob was born July 26, 1930 in Middletown, Connecticut and was the middle child of 3 siblings. It was during those years that he developed his passion for the outdoors. After he completed high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served 20 years as an Aircraft Mechanic. Bob was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and achieved the rank of Captain before being honorably discharged in 1972.

During his time in the military, Bob met and married Bert, his wife of 53 years. Shortly after he completed his military service Bob was hired as a carrier for the United States Postal Service and transferred to Bishop, where they lived for the rest of their lives and raised their two children. Bob was known as “the Whistling Mailman” in Bishop and retired from the Postal Service after working there for 20 years.

Bob had many hobbies that he shared with his family and friends. He enjoyed hunting and fly fishing, and could be found in the Wild Trout Section of the Owens River, teaching his kids, grandkids, and many different friends how to fly fish. He enjoyed gardening in the summertime and would often share his crops with neighbors. He also enjoyed woodworking, making holiday crafts that were painted by Bert and the rest of the Hospital Auxiliary for sale as part of their annual Holiday Boutique. For the last two years of his life, Bob’s daughter Sandy was able to move in with him and they were both blessed to spend this time together.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife Bert. He was survived by his two children, Sandy and Bob Jr. their spouses, Rey and Beth, and grandchildren Reynaldo, Bailey, Randi and Brandon. Bob’s family would like to thank all of Bob’s friends and neighbors for all of the great memories and stories that we have to share and for making Bob and Bert’s lives so wonderful for the last 50 years.

There will be no memorial services for Bob. The family requests that any remembrances be sent in the form of donations to the Northern Inyo Hospital Auxiliary.

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