Robert Johnson

  • Born: May 14, 1952
  • Died: July 19, 2020
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

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Ankeny, IA 50023

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Bob Johnson, 68, passed away peacefully at Taylor House Hospice early Sunday morning, July 19, 2020, after a two-year battle with cancer. His wife of 32 years, Gena Johnson, was by his side, holding his arm when he passed.

Bob was born May 14, 1952, in Des Moines. He graduated in 1970 from Ankeny High School where he was a wrestler, football player, and keyboard player in the combo "The Long Knights". He graduated from Iowa State, where he met Gena, and together they founded Water World Ltd. Hot Tubs, Pools and Saunas, of Des Moines, in 1978.

He is survived by his wife, Gena Johnson; mother, Jean Nims Johnson; and siblings, Brad, Kim (John) Jackson, and Kathlyn (Buban). He was preceded in death by his father, Robert R. Johnson.

There will be a very small family service soon, and then later (after this virus thing has passed!) a celebration of life on his birthday, Friday PM, May 14, 2021.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I keep you and your family in my prayers. My sincere condolences.
Byron Patterson

Posted by Byron Patterson - Des Moines, IA - Neighbor   May 14, 2021

Brad, Kim, Kathy & Family,

Sorry for your loss with sincere condolences.

Posted by Mike Rote - Ankeny, IA   July 27, 2020

My memories are of a great guy, always smiling. So glad I got a photo with him at our 45th reunion. Peace.

Posted by Ron Coles - Classmate   July 27, 2020

Dearest Bobby Johnson,
Known you since grade school, & remember you giving me a mink paw which was cherished. You were always non-assuming & beautiful inside & out. My sincere condolences to Gena & your family. Rest In Peace my friend.

Posted by Rhonda Varnum - Classmate   July 26, 2020

So sorry to hear about my cousin I have so many great memories of when we were growing up.
God Bless all of you.

Posted by Steve Nims - Urbandale, IA - Family   July 26, 2020

Gena. I am sorry for your loss!

Posted by John Pringle - West Des Moines, IA - Friend   July 26, 2020

Kim and family, I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Shary Albaugh    July 25, 2020

Where to begin? 12/12 parties, driving his corvette, hot tub soaks in the evening, stopping by the shop for a chat. One summer he let my daughter Kayla and a friend splash around in one of the pools they had out during the State Fair. She had a blast. He was a good friend. Can't ask for anything more than that. Will miss you Bob!

Posted by Bob Corey - Johnston, IA - Friend   July 24, 2020