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Robert Leroy "Bob" Johnson

January 16, 1948 ~ September 11, 2018 (age 70)

Robert L. Johnson     “beloved husband, father, and grandfather”

BOLIVAR, N.Y.---Robert Leroy “Bob” Johnson, 70, a lifelong area resident of Bolivar and Richburg, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, in his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 16, 1948 at the family home in Bolivar, where he also passed away. He was a son of James D. and Ruth Geneva Gant Johnson.  On April 22, 1972 in the First Day Baptist Church in Richburg, he married Judith “Judy” Melhuish, who survives.

Bob was a graduate of Bolivar Central School, Class of 1967.  He graduated from the former Olean Business Institute in 1969.  Following graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam.  He was honorably discharged in 1971.

After the service, Bob worked at various jobs, including Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, the former Heritage Cutlery, and Giant Food Mart. He retired from the Wellsville Manor Nursing Home.  Bob also served on the Richburg Village Board.

Bob was a faithful man who trusted in the Lord. He attended Faith Bible Church in Little Genesee.  He was an avid hunter, enjoyed spending time at the family camp in Pennsylvania, and enjoyed being with his children and three grandchildren. He also enjoyed politics and history.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Matthew S. Johnson of Bolivar; a daughter, Sabrena S. (Christopher) Day of Richburg; three grandchildren, Camrynn Day, James Day and Maximus Day; two brothers, David (Sharon) Johnson and Douglas (Carla) Johnson, both of Bolivar; several nieces and nephews; three stepsisters, Darla Ostrum, Sharon (David) Johnson, and Bonnie (Charles) Gorham; and a stepbrother, Michael Smith.

Bob was predeceased by his parents; a brother, William Johnson; and his stepmother, Alma Johnson.

Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Faith Bible Church, Little Genesee, where funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Ben Ramirez, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar.

Members of Morrison-Hayes Honor Guard, Wellsville, will accord full military honors on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Home Care and Hospice, 194 Main Street, Wellsville, N.Y. 14895; to Kenyon Andrus Post 772, 387 Main Street, Bolivar, N.Y. 14715; or to the Wounded Warriors Project at

Bob’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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