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William "Bill" E. Johnston

Born in Brookside, WI on Jan 24, 1930

Died on Sep 01, 2008 and resided in Oconto Falls, WI

William "Bill" E. Johnston, 78, Oconto Falls, died early Monday morning, September 1, 2008. He was born January 24, 1930 in Brookside to Elmer and Beulah (Hollihan) Johnston. Bill´s best friend, Jim Jacquart, started school and because Bill was a year younger and left alone, he would sit on the doorstep of the school waiting for his friend. Everyone thought it would last only a few days and when Bill continued to wait, they invited him to come inside to start school with the other children. The school house was next door to Jim´s house and Bill was on the other side. Bill graduated from Oconto High School with the class of 1946 at the age of 16. Following graduation from high school he worked for Carnation Creamery until his joined the Marine Corps and served his country during the Korean Conflict. This was a very special part of his life and his love for the Marines continued until his death. When he retired from the Marines he returned to work at the creamery until it closed. He then went to work for the Scott Paper Co. for many years. Bill was a very special person. He loved his sister and brother´s families and never said "No" to any request. He also meant a great deal to Lois´s family as well. Bill was a dedicated fire fighter, Lion´s Club member and belonged to the Oconto Falls American Legion firing squad while being a member of the Oconto Falls United Methodist Church. On December 27, 1965 he married Lois Plain and they had a truly happy 42 years together. Together they started the Christmas Dinner program and continued it for 15 years until Kathy and Gary Allen took it over. Survivors are his wife, Lois Johnston; one sister Jane (Walter) Rusch; his sisters-in-law, Jean Johnston; Sister M. Joanne Plain; Pat (Bill) Zietlow; Phyllis (Jim) Johnson; Joanne (Ray) Stewart; Kathy (Perry) Ankerson; Mary "B" (Dr. Wesley) McNeal; his nieces and nephews; Dawn (Steve) Murphy; Debra Rusch; Karen (Chris) Patton; LuAnn Rusch; Janice (Mike) Tassoul; Kevin (Chris) Rusch; Billy (Kelly) Rusch; Darren (Lynn) Rusch; Jennifer (Jon) Rentmeester; Lynda (David) Bahde; John (fiance´ Kyle) Johnston; Kathy (George) Brattain; Jim (Laurie) Johnston; many more nieces and nephews; his new puppy "Snickers". He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Jack Johnston, grandparents and friends. Friends may call at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls (920-848-2222 or visit: www.jonesfuneral.com) from 4:00 until 8:00 pm Friday, September 5, 2008. Visitation will continue at Jones Funeral Service after 9:00 am Saturday, September 6, 2008 until the time of service. Funeral services will be held 10:00 am Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Diane Fite officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Anthony Cemetery, Oconto Falls. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Oconto Falls United Methodist Church, Oconto Falls Fire Department or the Oconto Falls Lion´s Club.

 

Visitation: Friday Sep 5, 2008, 4:00 until 8:00 pm Friday at Jones Funeral Service

Service: Saturday Sep 6, 2008, 10:00 am Saturday at Jones Funeral Service

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