Roland J. Johnson, 85, passed away at home on October 22, 2014, after a lengthy illness. He was born January 29, 1928, Bienville Parish, Louisiana. Retiring from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years of service, he moved to Bossier City, La. in 1968. In 1988, he and his family returned to “Red Chute”, La. where he grew up; there he returned to his favorite hobby, fishing.
Roland’s father passed away when Roland was ten years old and he became the “man” of the family comprised of two other brothers and two sisters.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Carrie Johnson, his brothers Ennis and Douglas, and his sister Victoria Gay.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Olga “Evelyn” Johnson, sons Karl M. Johnson and partner Vickie Cox, Haughton, La.; Timothy A. Johnson, West Palm Beach, Fl.; Marc K. Johnson and wife Raffaella, Bossier City, La.; daughter , Jo Lynn Willis, Haughton, La.; stepsons Bruce M. Stewart and wife Cheryl, Texas City, Tx. and Gordon L. Stewart and wife Anne of Mt. Pleasant, Ut.; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; his brother, Charles B. Johnson and wife Bettie, Thibodeaux, La.; his sister Janis King, El Dorado, Ark., and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
According to his wishes and action taken in 1998, his body has been donated to LSU-Shreveport Medical School. He requested that there be no memorial services. Any memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Eastwood Baptist Church, 2810 Highway 80 East, Haughton, La., 71037, where he was a member.
The family would like to thank St. Joseph’s Hospice for their tender loving care, with special thanks to nurses Jeannie Hays, Mary Durham, and Rosemarie Button.
“Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
If my passing has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.
Ah yes, these things too, I will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much.
Good friends, good times, and a loved one’s touch.”