Remembering the Navy Yard fallen: 12 diverse stories come to a sudden end

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John Roger Johnson was the oldest victim of the Navy Yard shootings, but his family described a busy life that left little time for retirement.

The logistics analyst set his alarm for 3:45 a.m. each day, his family said, so he could beat traffic from his home in Montgomery County.

“He always said, ‘Goodbye, beautiful. I love you so much. You have a good day and God bless you,’ ” his wife, Judy Johnson, told reporters.

Co-workers similarly told of his warm and friendly nature.

“I think the key thing there was his jolly, happy-go-lucky self,” his daughter Megan Johnson said.

Mary Francis Knight, 51, Reston

When she wasn’t at the Navy Yard, Mary Francis Knight since July had taught at Northern Virginia Community College as an adjunct assistant professor of information technology.

Her fall class — Spreadsheet Software I — was scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday. But Ms. Knight never left the Navy Yard, where the Fayetteville, N.C., native worked as an information technology specialist.

“She was a great patriot who loved her country and loved serving the USA,” family spokesman Theodore Hisey told WNCN-TV in Raleigh, N.C.

Frank Kohler, 50, of Tall Timbers, Md.

Friends of Frank Kohler on Tuesday remembered his love of fishing, the Pittsburgh Steelers and of lending a helping hand.

“He was a really good guy,” said Jack Pappas, president of the Rotary Club of Lexington Park, where Mr. Kohler served as a past president. “He was a real humanitarian. If anything was going on of significance, Frank would get involved.”

After Mr. Kohler stepped down as president it was his job with the rotary to be the King Oyster at the club’s oyster festival.

“It’s a hokey thing, but it’s fun, and he made a lot of money for charity,” Mr. Pappas said. “Our business leaders in the community, about 80 percent are former military and they’re used to hard times and bad things happening. But this has affected everybody.”

Mr. Kohler had a wife, Michelle, and two college-age daughters. It was not clear what work Mr. Kohler was doing at Navy Yard on Monday.

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