In memory of

Robert L. Johnson, age 86, of Helena

September 5, 1933 – November 13, 2019

Robert L. Johnson passed away November 13 at St. Peters Hospital. Bob was born September 5, 1933 in Chandler OK to Jewel and Fairl Johnson.

Bob graduated from high school in Guthrie, OK. In 1952, he joined the Army where he was stationed in Hawaii. When he returned home, he began a career working on a pipeline. Bob worked a job in the Helena valley where he met and married his wife Judy Merritt. They celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. He worked a short time at the smelter in East Helena. Bob worked pipeline constriction all across the US, worked overseas and spent four years working on the Trans Alaska Pipeline. He was a retired member of IUOE and a member of the Mason lodge No.3. Bob was an avid hunter, fisherman, and golfer spending as much time outdoors as possible.

Bob is survived by his wife Judy, daughter Clella (Cody) Yeager of Choteau and son Willie (Peggy) of Helena, five grandchildren, Calon (Kande) Yeager, Chelesee Yeager (Matt Debruycker), Willie Jr. of Butte, Eddie (Mykenzie) Johnson of Butte and Maggie Johnson of Missoula, five great grandchildren, brother Sonny Johnson of Harlan, Iowa and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Karen Davidson and brother Jerry Johnson.

A celebration of his life will take place at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at Jorgenson’s, 1714 11th Ave in Helena. Please visit to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Robert.


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  1. Sandy and Mike says

    So sorry for your loss. The Johnson family from Iowa, send our love and sympathy! God Bless ❤️

  2. Bobbi Olson says

    So sorry for your loss.prayers for all.

    Bobbi Olson Harlan,Iowa

  3. buzz helfert says

    Judy and family, I was so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a great friend and we spent many happy days together fishing. When I would have a bite and miss a fish, Bob’s classic reply was “Buzz, it don’t cost nothin’ to jerk!”-words to live by. Godspeed my friend, you are missed but not forgotten

  4. John Gaines says


    So sorry to hear about Bob’s passing.

    He was a very good friend and we both enjoyed being around each other and spending time afield together.

    Bob and I enjoyed many a round of golf together we while working on the pipeline projects.

    I have nothing but the greatest memories of our time together.

    His soul will surely be in my prayers.

    God bless you and your family.

  5. Janet Merritt Lamping says

    Bob will definitely be be missed. Judy, Bob a I went out to lunch or dinner a lot and we always laughed a lot. I remember Bob sitting on the floor with my son, Wade, who was about 3 and Bob had a huge sack of pennies. He told Wade he could keep as many as he could hold. Wade tried so hard he tried putting them in his jeans through the waist band but he would lose them all when he stood up! He loved hearing children laugh and being a friend to everyone he met. RIP Bob.

  6. Wilber (Doc) Clark and I (Tom Larson) were talking about Bob a few weeks ago. We played golf with Bob in the Duffer’s League and thought of Bob as a friend. Golf tends to bring out what kind of a person it is that is playing and Bob will be remembered as a kind and thoughtful soul who was always a pleasure to play with and just be around. Bob will be missed!

  7. Judy: So sorry for your loss. Bob was a good friend and “pipeline buddie” … he will be missed!

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