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Roger C. Johnson

Published February 12,2024

Obituary's Biography:

Roger Carl Johnson, 81, a resident of Libertyville, Illinois, passed away February 10, 2024 at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He was born August 20, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to Arthur and Marion (nee: Widman) Johnson.

He was a graduate of East High School in Rockford, Illinois.  He achieved his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago.  He was an Army Lieutenant and Green Beret who fought in the Vietnam War.  His profession was as an actuary.  At various times, he lived in Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Illinois.  He was an avid bridge player who was fun to be around.  He was an animal lover and was only shortly preceded by his 20-year-old cat Flip.  In his final year, he moved from Sarasota, Florida, up to Illinois to be close to his grandkids who knew him as Papa. 

Roger is survived by his sons Nathan (Julia) Johnson of Libertyville, Illinois, and Matthew Johnson who currently resides in the Philippines, his grandchildren Ethan Johnson, Aubrey Johnson, and Zoelle Johnson, and his sister Arlene Rippentrop of Rockford, Illinois.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mary Sutley.  A visitation and funeral service is scheduled for Sunday, February 18, 2024 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030 from 12:00pm until 1:00pm with the service commencing at 1:00pm.  Interment will be held privately.  For more information log onto www.strangfuneral.org or contact (847)223-8122.

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  1. Roger was a dear friend since I first met him during orientation week at the University of Chicago in September 1960. We both had a mathematics background, so we got on well together. He was always a good card player. He especially liked bridge.
    At the university we lived in similar dormitories. We had a lot in common.
    After university we continued our friendship, visiting as families and enjoying good conversation.
    Roger was a fine person and a good friend. I shall miss him.

  2. We will all greatly miss Roger. I don’t ever recall speaking with Roger when he didn’t have a smile on his face.

  3. Roger was a great friend and co-worker! We worked together at Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company. Although I was in the field in the south and didn’t see each other but only a few times a year; we talked regularly. He helped some many in so many, many ways!

  4. Written by Peter Tillson Bo sales (ret)Boston Mutks

    Although some of you may already be aware, I write to those who are not to inform you of the very sad news that our dear coworker and cohort, Roger Johnson, recently passed away.

    The phrase “renaissance man” is overused but it undeniably applied to Roger. He was brilliant, erudite, eloquent, informed, a voracious reader, a decorated Green Beret in the Vietnam era, a world-class bridge player, a discerning oenophile, and of course, a distinct credit to the realm of actuarial science. All those superlatives though, were surpassed by Roger’s elevated sense of humor. Many of us spent literally thousands of hours in his office discussing product design, the acceptability of certain payroll deduction cases and/or producers, and other risk-related subjects. The constant in those otherwise serious conversations was laughter and wit. And Roger was the progenitor of much of that humor. His laughter was contagious.

    It would not be hyperbole to say that Roger, his wisdom and creativity played a pivotal role in Boston Mutual’s high success in the arena of worksite marketing. He was a dear friend and a wonderful human being. We’ll dearly miss him. RIP Roger.

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