Thursday, July 13, 2000

Golfer dies after lightning strike


        A South Cumminsville man who was struck by lightning while playing golf earlier this week died Wednesday morning at Jewish Hospital.

        Robert Johnson, 63, a long-time human resources vice president for Xetron Corp. in Fairfield, was rushed to the hospital shortly after being being struck Monday afternoon while playing at the Green Crest Golf Course.

        Mr. Johnson, an avid golfer, was playing the Liberty Township golf course with friends when a small storm rolled into the Butler County area.

        The North Dakota native, the father of seven grown children, never regained consciousness g and was in critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit prior to his death.

        “He loved golf. He played as much as he could and even took vacations to play,” said Mr. Johnson's daughter, Robbie Nehring, from her Annapolis, Md., home.

        Funeral arrangements are pending.

        Ms. Nehring said services will be in North Dakota, but a memorial service also will be held at a yet-to-be-determined time and place for Mr. Johnson's friends in the Greater Cincinnati area.


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