Robert L. Johnson, 82, of Truax Road, Amsterdam, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at Albany Medical Center Hospital.
He was born on April 25, 1930, the son of the late S. Leland and Marjorie Eckler Johnson.
Mr. Johnson was a lifelong town of Amsterdam resident and was a 1946 honors graduate of the former Wilbur H. Lynch High School.
Robert was the owner and operator of the Mancor Dairy Farm on Truax Road, in the town of Amsterdam. He was a third generation family dairy farmer. He was the committee chairman for District 5 of the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council of New York State which includes the counties of Montgomery, Fulton and Schoharie. He was a member of both the local Amsterdam-Fort Hunter Dairy Cooperative and Eastern Milk Producers, one of the largest milk cooperatives in the northeast. Mr. Johnson was also a member of the board of directors and county secretary of the Montgomery County Farm Bureau. He was chairman of the Bureau’s Safemark Member Service Committee.
He was a former member of the Town of Amsterdam Planning Board and was a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. He served for many years as a 4-H leader and chairman of the county 4-H Division Committee. He was a member of the Board of Managers of Montgomery County Agricultural Society and was on the Fonda Fair Board for over 50 years and served as president for 17 years.
Mr. Johnson served as town of Amsterdam councilman from 1976 to 1979, and also from 1984, until 1987. He was town zoning officer from 1980 to 1983. He was senior data collector from 1980 to 1982.
Mr. Johnson also worked as a school bus driver, dispatcher and coach driver for Brown Transportation in Amsterdam.
He married the former Marilyn Phillips on October 3, 1953. In addition to his loving wife, survivors include two sons, Lawrence R. (Kathy A.) Johnson of Fultonville, N.Y., Donald L. (Cheryl) Johnson of Amsterdam, N.Y.; one daughter, Susan B. (William) Bruce of Amsterdam, N.Y.; two sisters, Lynne (Robert) Smith of West Galway, N.Y. and Nancy (Richard) Harris of West Galway, N.Y.; three cherished grandchildren, Emily M. Johnson, Victoria E. Johnson and Bryan C. Bruce; his mother-in- law, Bertha Phillps; sisters and brothers-in-law, Claude and Linda Phillips and Joyce Bovee. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by a cherished grandson, Benjamin A. Johnson, who passed away on November 1, 2010; and a sister, Caroline Stanton, who passed in November 1987.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, with Rev. Dennis Meyer presiding. Interment will be in Hagaman Mills Cemetery, Hagaman, N.Y. The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, February 1, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Montgomery County Agricultural Society Inc., (Fonda Fair) P.O. Box 385, 21 South Bridge Street, Fonda, New York 12068 and the Cranesville Volunteer Fire Department, 167 Riverview Drive, Amsterdam, NY 12010. Please sign the family’s online guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.