Johnson, Robert Gene
August 9, 1961- July 12, 2017
Age 55 of Maple Grove. Robert passed away after an arduous battle with respiratory illness and chronic pain. Preceded in death by parents, Catherine and Alexander Johnson, and his beloved Italian greyhound, Orbit. Survived by significant other, RenÃ©e Anderson; children, Nicholas and Jordi Johnson, sisters, Penelope Paris and Janet Butler; and his two dear chihuahuas, Zoomer and Bella. Robert was an internationally acclaimed toy manufacturer, designer and vintage toy expert, and a world-class double-bass drummer, whose band had opened for Prince. He was also very proud to be of Greek descent (family name Iannois of Sparta). Funeral service 4 pm, July 19, 2017 at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, Mpls (612-926-7651). (Published in the Star Tribune on July 17, 2017).