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JOHNSTON, Wayne William: Died 1968


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Date: 7/8/2017 at 15:11:52

**Handwritten: Rec-Rep. 22 Aug. 1968

Wayne William Johnston

Wayne William Johnston, son of William F. and Nellie Mae Shelman Johnston was born near Stockport, Iowa, on Nov. 25, 1918. The Lord called him home Aug. 9, 1968 at the age of 49. He had been critically ill since open heart surgery, July 10.

After graduation from the Stockport High School in 1938 he attended Cumming School of Art in Des Moines until called into the service of his country Sept. 24, 1941. Upon completion of basic training he was stationed in Hawaii with the Coastal Artillery. He attended the University of Hawaii for one year while stationed there. He received his honorable discharge in October, 1945.

He was married to La Donna Peterson of Alta, Iowa, on June 14, 1947. To this union were born a son and a daughter, Mark Wayne now age 15 and Terri Ann, now age 13.

They made their first home in Des Moines where he was employed by Meredith Publishing Company for 10 years. In 1957 they moved to Bettendorf, Iowa, where he served as Art Director for John Deere and Company.

The family went to Palatine in 1963 when he accepted the position of Art Director with International Harvester Co.

As a youth he attended the Christian Church in Stockport, Iowa. While living in Des Moines he was baptized and joined the First Baptist Church where he served as Deacon and on various boards.

After moving to Bettendorf he and his wife were active in the Calvary Baptist Church. In Palatine the family were faithful members of Meadows Baptist Church.

At present he was a member of the Art Directors Club of Chicago and the Harvester Club.

He leaves to mourn, his wife, La Donna; his two children, Mark Wayne and Terri Ann; one sister, Mrs. Marjorie Brown; three nieces, Valerie Watson, Joan Watson and Jean Proenneke, and his brother-in-law, Mr. Robert Brown, all of Stockport; his step-mother, Mrs. Carried Johnston of Fort Dodge, Iowa; and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Ruth Christiansen of Storm Lake, Iowa; also a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were held at Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral Home, Palatine, Ill., Aug. 12, 1968 and burial was in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Arlington Heights.

Source: Van Buren Co. Genealogical Society Obituary Book J, Page 44, Keosauqua Public Library, Keosauqua, IA


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