John Roger Johnson, 73, killed in Navy Yard shooting
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WJLA) - John Roger Johnson, 73, was a father of four daughters who was known for being a hard worker and for helping neighbors.
Never did Johnson's wife and four daughters think they'd hold a media conference in the front driveway.
An avid fisherman and Redskins fan, Johnson always set a 3:45 a.m. alarm to beat traffic.
"He always said, ‘goodbye beautiful, I love you so much. You have a good day and God bless you,’” said his wife Judy Johnson.
Born in Minnesota, Johnson moved to Takoma, Washington his senior year of high school when he was hired at Boeing. He worked as a logistics analyst at Navy Yard and worked in building 197.
When news broke Monday of a mass shooting, John's four daughters drove straight to D.C. to find their dad.
Calls went unanswered, and when the last survivor bus arrived, they knew it wasn't good.
"How does somebody that nice be in the wrong place at the wrong time?" says neighbor Robert Durst.
Neighbors of 40-plus years say Johnson’s smiles and bear hugs will be missed most.
"We'd laugh because I watched his grandkids grow-up, and he'd watch my kids," said Durst. "He was ready to help with anything, if I needed to move stuff or out working on yards."
Born during the second world war, Johnson was a man of faith and a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg.
"You don't harbor ill will and his thing has always been about forgiving and looking at how great the person is and that's what we've got to do, and that's what he wants us to do," says his daughter Karin Johnson.
"He's going to be greatly missed by a lot of people,” says Judy Johnson. “He was a great father, a great grandfather, and just an awesome human being."