S: My Father's Family History
BC: Created by Marlys Johnson
FC: My Father's Family History | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
1: Paternal grandfather OttoJack Heer with grandchildren. | Robert Heer Born November 30, 1921 Dubuque, Iowa Son of Earl and Bessie Heer Pictured here with maternal grandmother Mildred Ladd in Waterloo, Iowa | L-R Robert, Evelyn & Charlotte James, Otto Jack Heer, cousin Alva Locke | Grandfather Frank Ladd | L -R Back - Bobby, Evelyn & Charlotte Front - Jimmy, Otto Jack Heer, & cousin Alva Locke
2: Bobby at 3 months
4: Bessie and Earl Heer in 1943 | Jimmy top Evelyn, Charlotte, Bobby | 1933
5: Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. | As teens in August 1941
8: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.
9: The family decided it was time to act!
12: Although Emperor Hirohito unconditionally surrendered the Japanese Empire on August 14, 1945, ending WW11; Bob Heer and other American, Allied POW's and civilian held at 8 or 9 camps on Hokkaido Island were not told of the surrender. They were not officially liberated until late August 1945. After a few weeks of recovery at the 29th Replacement Depot the last leg of Bob's journey home began. He arrived at Hamilton Field near San Francisco, on October 12, 1945, nearly four years after he had left the United States.
13: While on leave in Iowa, Bob met Mildred Heerts. They had a brief romantic relationship that resulted in a pregnancy. Robert was not prepared to marry, so he left the state. Mildred married another man.
14: Marlys Jean was born in August 1946 | Left - 4mo Right - 6mo Left - 3yrs Right - 5yrs
15: Graduated 1964 West high School | Marlys Jean Boyenga and Jerry Lee Johnson were married on February 14, 1964 at First Baptist Church Waterloo, Iowa
16: Father and Daughter both at about 18 years of age.
17: On Dec21, 1946, Bob married Joan Curtis. They had three children. (Linda, Stephen, and Claudia) In November of 1951, Bob joined the US Air Force, and was active for 14 1/2 years, serving in the US and overseas. His marriage ended in 1968, and he searched out the loose ends of his life. He eventually made contact with the daughter he never really knew, except by short visits unknown to her.
18: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers | Robert and Marlys met officially when he was visiting from the west coast in 1973. It was very meaningful for Marlys to finally meet him. It helped her understand herself and her family .
19: Meeting my lovely Aunt Charlotte
21: On March 25, 1989, Bob married Karen Harper. She has been a wonderful addition to our family.
22: Visits with Grandpa Bob were always welcomed!
23: Having fun with Zachary, the first great-grandchild.
24: Marlys and Charlotte at approximately the same age. So glad we were finally able to get to know each other a little. My mother always told me I took after someone named Charlotte
25: An Honor Well-deserved! Congratulations, Dad! Love, Jerry & Marlys & Family