Roger Ken Johnson went to join his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. Roger was born on October 18, 1949 to the late Lawrence Johnson and Gertrude Myers Johnson and was the brother of the late Jack Johnson, Greta Bloodsworth and Janet Richmond. He was the devoted husband of Cindy Gegenheimer Johnson for 25 years; the loving father of Mike (Tammy), Dave (Amy), Maryfrances (Ryan) and Sara (Zach); the grandfather of Zach, Luke, Bailey, Sophia, Ryan Jr., Marabelle and soon to be Ryder. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. Roger was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country during the Vietnam War. After the war, Roger enlisted in the U.S. Navy performing as an air traffic controller. He retired as a Master Chief with over 30 years served, but wasn’t content to stay home. Instead, he continued to work for the U.S. Navy as an environmental specialist. Roger loved to travel and was proud that he was able to visit all 50 states and 49 capitals (only missing Lansing, Michigan). A perfect vacation for him would be spent with his soulmate, Cindy and the kids driving the countryside quizzing the family on state capitals and former presidents. He enjoyed his days being with his grandchildren and children and loved teaching them new things. He also treasured the moments when all of his children were together and valued the special times he had while visiting his sons in Florida. Anytime with family was a perfect day.
The family would like to send special thanks to everyone who knew him, cared for him, and loved him. A special place in his heart was reserved for his military family near and far.
Since Roger dedicated his life to service to his country, it’s only fitting that his service be held on Memorial Day. Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM at Celebration Church, 2001 Airline Drive in Metairie followed by the service at 10:30 AM. Interment will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery. All who loved Roger are welcomed to attend and encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Fund; www.seabee.org.
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