Robert Lee “Bobby” Johnson, 69, of Terry MT passed away in his home surrounded by his family on December 27. Bobby was born in Glendive, MT on November 5, 1946 to George and Betty (Ward) Johnson. He attended school in Glendive, eventually receiving his GED. On August 27, 1965 he married Anna Marie Lawellin, and they just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. At the age of 20 he was drafted into the Army, where he served as a communications officer during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Heilbronn, Germany. After serving two years, he worked various ranch jobs until becoming a machinist for the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1969, where he worked until retirement in 1991. He moved to Terry in 1997 to be closer to family and his hometown.
Bobby was an avid outdoorsman and handy man. He was always preparing for the upcoming hunting, fishing, or trapping season. If he wasn’t doing that, he was in his shop tinkering away on various projects, from carpentry to rock cutting. He was well known by his family and close friends by never calling anyone by their real names, but rather by often humorous nickname that he had for those close to him. In his younger days he was a hunting guide in the Absorakee Beartooths, as well as an avid Cowboy Polo player.
Bobby is survived by his wife, Ann, his father George, his sister Patsy Ballard, his brothers Marty (Tammy) and Calvin (Michelle) all of Whitehall, MT, his children David (Dede) Johnson of Terry, MT, Stefanie (Tracy) Forcella of Terry, MT, Ben (Nancy) Johnson of Whitefish, MT, and Cliff (Carrie) Johnson of Sagle, ID. He is also survived by his grandchildren Elaina Johnson, Stormy Johnson, Cadence Hougardy, Justin Forcella, Tyler Forcella, Riley Forcella, Anna Whetstone, Alexis Johnson, Dylan Whetstone, Madison Johnson, Taylor Johnson, James Johnson, Braden Johnson, Nolan Johnson, and Addison Johnson. As well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bobby is also survived by one great-grandchild, Hunter Johnson. Bobby was preceded in death by his mother Betty, his brother Larry Johnson, and his grandson Charlie Forcella.
In accordance with Bobby’s wishes, there will be no memorial service. There will, however be a gathering at his home in Terry, MT on Wednesday, December 30 at 2:00 PM for all of his friends and family. Memorials in honor of Bobby may be sent to the Montana Trappers Association.