Erik Johnson

Erik Daniel Johnson

Thursday, August 8th, 1974 - Friday, November 15th, 2019
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Erik D. Johnson, age 45, of Salem, VA, died Friday evening, November 15th, 2019, after a long battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; daughter, Emily both of the home; his parents, Tom and Carolyn Johnson of Annandale VA; his brother, Patrick Johnson of Christiansburg, VA; and his sister, Suzanne Johnson of Johannesburg, South Africa, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive.
Erik was born in Heidelberg, Germany, and has also lived in Mexico and Libera. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech. Erik completed a graduate certificate at Michigan State.
Erik was a dedicated member of the Roanoke Police Department for 21 years where he attained the rank of Sergeant. He was a U.S. Marine reservist for 8 years. Erik then became an Army National Guard NCO and was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During this deployment, Sergeant Johnson was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service. Erik was an avid long-distance bicyclist. He was also an avid hockey player, hunter and fishermen.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at First Baptist Church of Roanoke, 321 Marshall Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA 24016, with Rev. Janet Chisom officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Shield Chaplaincy,
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  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 1:00pm
    First Baptist Church
    321 Marshall Avenue SW
    Roanoke, VA 24016
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Janet Chisom


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Anita Denardo

Posted at 01:19pm
Sgt Johnson, you will be deeply missed! Thank you so much for being a wonderful boss when I was in the Property Room, and helping me when I felt like giving up on EVERYTHING! Thank you for understanding how hard I found life to live even when you were fighting so hard to hold on to yours! I could only wish to be half as good of a person as you were! Thank you for being such a kind and compassionate human being. We need more like you in this world!

Anita Brady Denardo

Taska Bailey

Posted at 04:15pm
JJ - don't know if you remember me but i used to sit across from you at Miss Utility way back when and I always called you JJ. I am so sorry for your loss. I know how you feel. I lost my husband suddenly almost 10 years ago to a brain aneursym (sure I didn't spell that correctly) and my Dad to a brain tumor after a 14 month illness so i really feel your pain. i always enjoyed having you around and i watched the video and seemed your husband was a great fellow and a great asset to his country. You are in my prayers and may God watch over you in this time of sadness. Keep the good memories.

Taska Bailey

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Posted at 07:26am
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Robin Kleene-Young

Posted at 12:47pm
I will miss you Sir! We had lots of fun on midnight shift chasing the bad guys. Your genuine care for others was amazing! You reaches out to me in my time of need and lifted me up and you never even knew it! Thank you for your service to our country, our community and to the people you served with!

Carlos Santillan

Posted at 12:01pm
My sincerest condolences to Jennifer, Emily and the rest of Erik's family. He was such a Warrior and a good friend. I had been waiting to hear from him and was looking forward to seeing him again for his tentatively planned visit to my area. It breaks my heart that I was not able to say my proper goodbyes to a brother. It also breaks my heart that I may not be able to make it to his Celebration of Life due to a prior commitment and geography. Rest assure that I will be there in spirit,
Eternal Rest Grant unto Erik, my Lord. And may Perpetual Light shine upon Him. May He Rest in Peace.

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