Robert Dudley “Bob” Johnson, 71, of Galveston, passed away Saturday, November 4, 2017 in Llano, Texas during a Round Rock GPAA river outing, doing what he loved, dredging for gold with his best friends, Brett Rowley and Michael Judd.
Bob served honorably in the US Army as a Lieutenant during the Vietnam War. He was a three-time Texas power lifting record holder, and later volunteered to judge high school power lifting meets. He retired after 32 years as an engineer for Union Pacific Railroad. He volunteered as a Koi judge for the ZNA for over 20 years. He also volunteered at the Galveston Railroad Museum. After retirement, Bob joined his wife Iris, with operating their gift shop in Galveston. He served on the Civilian Review Board for the Galveston Police Department, was a member of the Galveston Treasure Hunters, the Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA), and the Lost Dutchman Mining Association (LDMA).
Bob was born June 11, 1946 in Orlando, FL. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Iris Speed; son, Robert Johnson, Jr. and wife Lalainya of Houston; his daughter, Tracy Hlavenka and husband Joey of Round Rock; stepsons, Kevin Speed and wife Susan of Wimberley and Sean Speed and wife Patricia of College Station; stepfather, Bill Knight of Wimberley; sisters, Sarah Barlow of Wimberley, Mary Elizabeth Hall of Thorndale, and Anna Slocum of San Antonio; nine grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his mother Mary Jane Hodgkinson Knight.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.