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Rodney "Rod" Johnson

September 22, 1959 ~ January 18, 2024 (age 64) 64 Years Old

Rodney "Rod" Johnson Obituary

Rodney “Rod” Johnson, 64, of South Bend was unexpectedly called home on Thursday, January 18, 2024. He was born in Brainerd, Minnesota to Merlin and Charlotte (Goochey) Johnson on September 22, 1959. He met his sweetheart at college and married Kathryn “Kathy” Parson of Weeping Water, Nebraska on December 30, 1983.

Together they raised two daughters, Ruth (Rob) Rosentreter of Houston, Alaska and Rachelle (Seth) Bell of Jackson, Kentucky. Rod left behind his parents and three brothers, Gene (Angela) Johnson, Donald (Shelley) Johnson, and Jeff (Holly) Johnson. He is survived by six in-laws: Dorothy Murphy, Dale Parson, Alan Parson, Camilla Bridgman, David Parson, and Jeffrey Parson. He is also survived by countless nieces, nephews, family, and friends who were near and dear to his heart.

Rod and Kathy served nearly 25 years as missionaries with World Gospel Mission. They taught and spread their love of Jesus to communities in Bolivia, Mexico, Texas, and Illinois, before settling in South Bend for the last 10 years. Before his passing, he served as the Facilities Director at Center for the Homeless in South Bend.

Rod enjoyed helping family and friends with whatever project they had going on and was known to be a “jack of all trades”.  His family will miss his mischievous smile, sense of humor, and vast wisdom that drew others close to him. His family have said, “When Rod spoke, you were quiet and listened closely because he might not say it again and it was usually profound.”

A time to visit with the family is scheduled for Wednesday, January 24 from 4-7 p.m. at Wells and Cruz Family Funeral Home in Mishawaka, Indiana.  There will also be a viewing at Redeemer Missionary Church in South Bend, Indiana on Thursday, January 25 at 10 a.m. Following this viewing, there will be a service at 11 a.m. with Pastors Jason Nicholls and Matt Kitsos officiating.

In lieu of flowers and to honor Rod’s life, memorial contributions may be sent to Hope Ministries with World Gospel Mission, Mexico or the Center for the Homeless.  

To light a virtual candle, share a story of Rod’s life, or leave a message of comfort for his family, please visit the Tribute Tab on Rod’s obituary at the funeral home website. www.wellsandcruz.com

To watch the livestream of Rod's service please click the link below.

 

 

 

 

Rodney “Rodrigo” Johnson, de 64 años, de South Bend, falleció inesperadamente el jueves 18 de enero de 2024. Nació en Brainerd, Minnesota, hijo de Merlin y Charlotte (Goochey) Johnson el 22 de septiembre de 1959. Conoció a su novia en la universidad y se casó con Kathryn “Kati” Parson, de Weeping Water, Nebraska, el 30 de diciembre de 1983.

Juntos criaron a dos hijas, Ruth (Rob) Rosentreter de Houston, Alaska y Rachelle (Seth) Bell de Jackson, Kentucky. Rod dejó atrás sus padres y a tres hermanos, Gene (Angela) Johnson, Donald (Shelley) Johnson, y Jeff (Holly) Johnson. Le sobreviven seis cuñados: Dorothy Murphy, Dale Parson, Alan Parson, Camilla Bridgman, David Parson, y Jeffrey Parson. También le sobreviven innumerables sobrinos, tíos, primos, parientes y amigos que eran cercanos y queridos a su corazón.

Rodrigo y Kati sirvieron casi 25 años como misioneras en la Misión Evangélica Mundial. Enseñaron y compartieron su amor por Jesús a comunidades en Bolivia, México, Tejas, e Illinois, antes de establecerse en South Bend, Indiana durante los últimos 10 años. Antes de su fallecimiento, sirvió como Director de Instalaciones en el Centro para Personas sin Hogar (Center for the Homeless) en South Bend.

Rodrigo disfrutaba ayudando a familiares y amigos con cualquier proyecto que tuvieran en marcha y era conocido por ser una persona hábil y versátil en varios habilidades. Su familia extrañará su sonrisa traviesa, su sentido del humor, y su vasta sabiduría que atrajo a otros cerca de él. Su familia ha dicho: “Cuando Rodrigo habló, escuchaste atentamente porque tal vez no lo vuelva a decir y por lo general era profundo”.

Un tiempo para visitar a la familia está programado para el miércoles 24 de enero de 4-7 p.m. en el Wells y Cruz Family Funeral Home en Mishawaka, Indiana. También habrá una vista en la Redeemer Missionary Church en South Bend, Indiana el jueves 25 de enero a las 10 a.m. Después de esta vista, habrá un servicio a las 11 a.m. con los pastores Jason Nicholls y Matt Kitsos oficiando. Podrá ver el servicio por transmisión en vivo por medio del canal de Youtube de Redeemer Missionary Church RMC.

 

En lugar de flores y para honrar la vida de Rodrigo, las contribuciones conmemorativas pueden ser enviadas a los Ministerios Esperanza con la Misión Evangélica Mundial de México o el Center para las Personas sin Hogar (Center for the Homeless).

Para encender una vela virtual, compartir una historia de la vida de Rodrigo, o dejar un mensaje de consuelo para su familia, visite la pestaña de tributo en el obituario de Rodrigo en el sitio web de la funeraria. www.wellsandcruz.com

 

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
January 24, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wells and Cruz Family Funeral Home
503 W. 3rd Street
Mishawaka, IN 46544

Visitation
Thursday
January 25, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Redeemer Missionary Church (Mishawaka, Indiana, South Bend)

Funeral Service
Thursday
January 25, 2024

11:00 AM
Redeemer Missionary Church (Mishawaka, Indiana, South Bend)

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