Roger Wayne JohnsonRoger Wayne Johnson, 73, San Diego, CA, formerly of Lakota, ND, passed away July 28, at his home.
Roger Wayne Johnson
Roger Wayne Johnson, 73, San Diego, CA, formerly of Lakota, ND, passed away July 28, at his home.
Roger was born May 29, 1939 in Illinois Township, Nelson County, on a farm outside of Bartlett, ND. He was the son of Victor and Olga (Rio) Johnson. Roger was baptized and confirmed in the Lakota Lutheran Church. He graduated as Salutatorian from Lakota High School in 1957. While attending the University of North Dakota, Roger was drafted into the United States Army. He served as a Forward Observer during the Cuban missile crisis (Bay of Pigs) and was ordered to leave for East Germany and fortunately was ordered to return to base as Khrushchev and President Kennedy reached an agreement. After his service in the army, Roger spent time traveling in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Norway. He then returned to the University of North Dakota to continue his studies, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.
After graduation he moved to San Francisco where he was employed by the United States Navy and was responsible for tracking all satellites. Other employment included Lockheed, TRW, CSC and IBM. His later years of employment were with the University of California-Santa Barbara.
Roger is survived by his daughter Rona (Tom) Simon, Poway, CA; granddaughter Sophia; grandson Brayden; brothers, Wallace (Sheila) Johnson, Lakota, ND and Gary (Shirley) Johnson, Watertown, SD; sisters, Ruth (Clayton) Nelson, Windsor, CO, Doris (Robert) McMillan, Grand Forks, ND and Vicki (Peter) Pogatshnik, Grand Forks, ND. Roger is also survived by his uncle Ken (Donna) Rio, Grand Forks, ND and numerous cousins and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; many aunts, uncles and several cousins.
There will be a viewing at Poway Mortuary on August 23 from 4:30 until 8:00.
He will be given a military service and burial with full honors (military personnel, taps, horse drawn carriage, flag ceremony, 21 gun salute) at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego on Friday, August 24 at 10:30 am.
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