Roger was born on September 20, 1946 in Takoma Park, Maryland, to Ralph E and Hildegard Ruhling Johnson. He spent his first six years in Takoma Park and later lived by the rule: You can take the boy out of Takoma Park, but you can not take Takoma Park out of the boy's heart. He spent the next ten years on the family farm near Downs Chapel, Delaware learning that he did not really want to spend the rest of his life bailing hay, milking cows and caring for sheep, chickens, and calves. He was a people person, and found the lonely life on the farm to be unfulfilling.
A mile down the road lived his grandmother and Aunt Evelyn. He enjoyed the times that his Aunt Evelyn would have her famous Easter egg hunts. These special times gave him opportunity to be with his older cousins, Bobby and Don. Two of his many special cousins, Carol and Helen, made the long trip to be with him during his last hours.
Roger attended Kenton Elementary School (53-58) and then transferred to W.C. Moffet School where he graduated from the eight grade. He then chose to go to Shenandoah Valley Academy, in New Market Virginia, graduating in 1965. This was the same school his mother had attended years earlier. Upon Graduation he chose to attend Columbia Union College. While attending CUC he was active in the Chorale. He enjoyed traveling to the various singing engagements. Roger graduated with a degree in Education.
His teaching assignment was cut short when he received an invitation from Uncle Sam that led to his serving in Saigon, Viet Nam. He shared about times that he would be typing at his desk when suddenly there would be light coming in from the wall in front of him and also the wall in back of him from enemy fire.
He returned to his teaching profession, but did not find it satisfying. He began to learn about real estate, and found that work gave him the opportunity to make use of his special talents. He had the ability to make people feel at ease, and that there was NO other person more important that YOU at that particular moment.
The following are his words: "What you should know about me is that, as a Weichert® Sales Associate, I believe wholeheartedly in the unique, personal nature of real estate. You will see that revealed in how I follow through on what I promise, as I carefully guide you through the many steps and decisions along the way."
Roger began to slow down, and did not believe that it was from old age. He finally decided to consult a physician, and learned that his cancer had already metastasized. He shared that there were too many people he was helping for God to take him. He loved his family and saw to the care of his invalid mother. His sisters Ruth and Rita meant the world to him, and they both took time off from work to care for him during his illness. But it is his nephew Jesse who brought a sparkle to his eye. He put up a valiant fight, but the disease gradually took control of his body. He knew that he had peace with God and could trust God with whatever the future held. His cousin, Ben, relieved him greatly by taking on many of the responsibilities that were of concern to him. His family will be ever grateful to Roger's neighbors, Mark and Beth Polhemus and sons, Roger's office team, Pastor John, and the Silgo Pastoral Staff for their kindness shown to Roger during his illness.
Roger was proceeded in death by his two brothers Ronald E 1953 and Richard E 1974 his Father Ralph E Johnson 2007. He is survived by his mother Hildegard R Johnson, two sisters Ruth Elayne of California and Rita E. Bozman of Delaware. Roger went to sleep in Jesus Friday March 5, 2010, surrounded by loving family members. Memorial Service at Sligo SDA Church, Flower and Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, Maryland Wednesday evening March 10, 2010 at 7:00.