Roger E. Johnson, Poland, Ohio Obituary


POLAND, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Roger E. Johnson, 77, died suddenly, Friday evening, November 18, 2022, surrounded by the love of his family and friends, as they gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary marriage of Roger and Marilyn.

Roger was born March 13, 1945 in Morgantown, West Virginia, the son of the late Kurt and Madeline Spacht Johnson.

As a young boy, Roger moved to Ohio and was raised by his uncle and aunt, Kenny and Mary Wilson.

A graduate of Niles McKinley High in 1964, Roger worked most of his career as a diesel truck mechanic for various companies including Armbrecht Motor Sales and Cerni Motor Sales, from where he retired in 2009.

In his youth, Roger enjoyed going to the race tracks, where he was a mechanic for stock car races. He also enjoyed following NASCAR over the years.

While at Canfield Speedway he met the love of his life, the former Marilyn J. Spear and they were married on November 18, 1972. A devoted family man, Roger was a loving husband, father , a grandfather and a father figure and second dad to many.

In 1976 Roger and Marilyn bought a motorhome and started their love of camping. Many lasting memories with family and friends were made as they traveled and camped across the United States. Their favorite destination to visit has always been Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

In retirement, Roger’s new hobby was cooking. Chances were that if Roger was watching TV, he was tuned in to a cooking show, learning new recipes to try with his family. He was also looking forward to cooking for the holidays.

Roger was a real people person and never met a stranger. He loved talking to people and struck up conversations wherever he went. His big heart extended beyond people as he loved animals, especially the company of his four Shih Tzus.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Lowellville and the Moose Club in Niles.

Roger leaves to perpetuate his memory, his wife, Marilyn; children, Roger E. Johnson, Jr. of Wentzville, Missouri, Lisa Flores of Reno, Nevada and Jean (Chris) Bogan of Boardman; his sister, Joyce (Joe) White of North Carolina and his grandchildren, Romeo Johnson and Sage Trexler-Johnson.

In addition to his parents, uncle and aunt who raised him, Roger was predeceased by his siblings, Jack Johnson, Kenny Johnson, Virginia Lenhart and Margaret Dennis.

A prayer service will be held Saturday, November 26 at 10:15 a.m. at Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 N. Main Street, Poland, followed by a Christian Burial Mass at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church.

Family and friends will be received on Friday, November 25 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will follow at Notre-Dame du Saint-Rosaire cemetery.

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A television tribute will air on Tuesday, November 22 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV, and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV. The video will be posted here the day it is released.

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