Range Funeral Homes


Robert Johnson

August 9, 1955 - November 16, 2022

Bob (Robert A.) Johnson, 67, of Hibbing, passed away peacefully November 16, 2022 after a brave fight against cancer.

Bob was born in Grand Fork, ND on August 9, 1955 to Paul and Pearl Johnson. He graduated in 1973 from Hibbing High School then attended Eveleth Vo-Tech for welding and iron working. He worked as an iron worker until 1977 before becoming a welder for Electric Power Door in Hibbing. In 1985, he took a civilian job with the Grand Forks Air Force base as a welder on the nuclear missile silos. He returned to Hibbing in 1995 and worked as a welder for Furin and Shea until a work related accident in 1997. That left him with a lower back disability, but that never stopped him from living life to the fullest. His favorite job of all was being “Trouble 1” at the Iron Range MakerSpace. At the makerspace, he mentored and left a lasting impact on many people with his vast knowledge in woodworking, welding, metal forging, and life advice. The craftsmanship and the items that he made were well sought after.

Bob was a member of the Boy Scouts for 40 plus years.

Bob is survived by his wife of 44 years, Brenda; sons: Jeremy (Nicky) of Roseau, MN, Cody of Minneapolis, MN, and Kacey (Brooke) of Baudette, MN; grandsons: Gabriel Johnson, Hunter Trangsrud and Oliver Johnson; granddaughter, Blake Trangsrud; mother, Pearl Johnson of Hibbing; brother, Wayne (Lori) Johnson of Carlos, MN; sister, Avis (Scott) Kokal of Roseau, MN; along with nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and so many friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Paul Johnson, his father and mother-in-law, Bert and Ruby Shamp; brothers-in-law, John and Frank Shamp; and sister-in-law, Melinda Shamp.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 26, 22022 at Range Funeral Home in Hibbing at 1:00 pm with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

3 thoughts on “Robert Johnson”

  1. The Iron Range Makerspace offers its greatest sympathy to Bob’s family. In just a few years, Bob became an instrumental part of the Makerspace, and part of each of us! I think we enjoyed some of the best years of his life, years in which he was able to share his extensive knowledge of all things mechanical, mentor members in the woodshop, fabrication bay, on the forges and blacksmithing. We enjoyed his sense of humor and what he stood for in this world. Although members are expressing great sorrow, they are also sharing their immense gratitude for Bob Johnson, aka Trouble #1.

  2. I’ve known Bob and Brenda for many years. Bob had a good sense of humor. He was a wonderful family man. My heart breaks for Brenda and the kids. My prayers are with you. Sincerely, Barbara MacDonald

  3. Michelle says:

    I am his cousin by him marrying my cousin Brenda. I never got to meet him in person, but I am so grateful to have had the pure pleasure of getting to know him for many, many, years via “Words With Friends”. So very happy I did, enjoyed every single game with him, even though he let me win only 3, of all of the years we played together. We had some good conversations over the years, and I enjoyed him so very much!!!! Rest In Peace, and thank you Bob for all of the fun!!!!!

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Saturday 11-26-2022 at 1:00 PM
Range Funeral Home - Hibbing, 2nd Avenue West, Hibbing, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 12:00 PM