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Bobby "The Milkman" Johnson

June 20, 1948 ~ August 27, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old


Bobby Joe Johnson “The Milkman” age 75 of Sardinia, Ohio where he considered “home” for over 40 years before moving to Lebanon, Ohio passed away peacefully Sunday, August 27, 2023 at his retirement home after a short battle with lung and liver cancer.  He was most known as the milkman.  Bobby started hauling milk with his dad and then worked for the Carter family before buying his own trucks and routes at a young age. He was always very proud of his business and often made it a family affair with his wife Donna, his children and brothers all driving or helping at some point in time. Bobby was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Arnheim, Ohio where he served on the council and was very passionate about making sure that any child wanting to go to church camp could attend for free. He loved his family and free time was spent playing cards, checkers or taking the big crew to Ponderosa.  In his earlier years he loved coon hunting and won several awards in hunting contests.  He worked as long as physically possible; in retirement he enjoyed driving his tractor all over the farm or running errands for Tom Belcher’s body shop. Bobby was born June 20, 1948 in Columbus, Ohio the oldest of six children born to the late Luther and Betty (Campbell) Johnson and grew up in Bloomingburg, Ohio. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death three brothers – Billy Johnson, Jimmy Johnson and Roy (Jeanne) Barnett, one daughter-in-law - Birgit Yockey, one son-in-law - Tim Sells and one cousin - Danny Campbell. 

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 44 years - Donna (Hawk) Johnson; seven children - Debora Sells of Columbus, Ohio, Melinda (Pat) Abbott of Italy, Kenneth Yockey of Germany, Bobby “Joey” (Carolyn) Johnson of London, Ohio, Nancy (Steve) Mullins of Russellville, Ohio, Bobby “Duke” (John Pennell) Johnson of Glen Allen, Virginia and Sara (Jason) Darrah of Beavercreek, Ohio; twelve grandchildren - Marina Meckel, Rebecca Yockey, Aaron Yockey, Ryan Sells, Elisa (Nathan) Gambill, Levi Johnson, Libby (Matt) Barlow, Katy (Zac) Colwell, Shelby (Alan) Hardin, Lucas Johnson, Mason Darrah and Carter Darrah; eight great grandchildren - Lily, Leo and Logan Johnson, Rett and Sawyer Gambill, Kennedy Colwell, Wrenly Hardin and Emma Barlow; two sisters - Carol Kay (Dave) Tackett and Ruth (Ron) Jenkins all of Bloomingburg, Ohio; one brother - Jack (Koneta) Johnson of Bloomingburg, Ohio and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, milk stops and friends. 

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 P.M. Friday, September 1, 2023 at the Peace Lutheran Church, 10581 Dayhill Arnheim Road, Georgetown, Ohio 45121. Pastor Laura Shreffler will officiate. Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. Friday at the church. Interment will be in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Arnheim, Ohio. The Cahall Funeral Home in Mt. Orab, Ohio is serving the family.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Peace Lutheran Church - Camper Fund, 10581 Day Hill - Arnheim Road, Georgetown, Ohio 45121, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1270 N. Broadway Street, Lebanon, Ohio 45036 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105. 

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September 1, 2023

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Peace Lutheran Church
10581 Dayhill Arnheim Road
Georgetown, OH 45121

Funeral Service
September 1, 2023

3:30 PM
Peace Lutheran Church
10581 Dayhill Arnheim Road
Georgetown, OH 45121


Peace Lutheran Church - Camper Fund
10581 Day Hill - Arnheim Road, Georgetown OH 45121

Resurrection Lutheran Church
1270 N. Broadway Street, Lebanon OH 45036

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-9959


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