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Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa

OBITUARY ~ Darrell F. JOHNSTON.

Darrell Forest, son of Robert D. and Lucy B. JOHNSTON, was born June 14, 1904, near Kellerton, and departed this life Friday evening, May 18, 1951, after suffering a heart attack at his store in Mount Ayr.

When 17 years of age, Darrell with his family moved to Mount Ayr, in which city he continued to reside until his death. Two years later he entered apprenticeship training in the mechanical department of the Record-News under the supervision of the late Sam SPURRIER.

On June 20, 1924, he was untied in marriage with Miss Lena MAIN, at Leon, and the home was established in Mount Ayr. Three children - two daughters and one son - came to bless the home and share the love and companionship of a devoted father and mother.

Twenty-three years of Darrell's life were spent as a member of the Record-News force, where his service was characterized by conscientious and faithful devotion to duty. His pleasant disposition, his willingness to co-operate and his craftsmanship in the art of printing commanded the admiration and highest respect of his associates. These attributes were also exemplified in the other businesses in which he engaged following his retirement from the Record-News office.

In December, 1946, Darrell and his son, Bill, who had returned from Germany with his honorable discharge following World War 2, purchased the Mount Ayr Cafe, which the operated for a period of one year. In the spring of 1948, the purchased the Firestone dealer store in Mount Ayr, which business they had conducted in a most successful and progressive manner.

Darrell was a member of the First Christian church in Mount Ayr, was affiliated with Faith Lodge No. 179, A.F.&A.M., and the Modern Woodmen of America, and was a member of the Mount Ayr Businessmen's Club. By his kindly spirit and generous disposition he had endeared himself to a large circle of friends, both young and old. Always industrious, he was conscientiously devoted to those interests which he believed were for the betterment of the community, and ever maintained an active interest in the business, social and church affairs of the community.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Homer. Left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife, Lena; two daughters, Betty (Mrs. Keith COLE), of Benton, and Donella, of the home; a son, Bill, of Mount Ayr; a daughter-in-law, Dolores JOHNSTON; a son-in-law, Keith COLE; two granddaughters, Kathy and Judy JOHNSTON; four sisters, Mrs. Guy BRADLEY and Mrs. Elmer BOLINGER, of Mount Ayr, Mrs. R. C. BULKLEY, of Buhl, Idaho, and Mrs. P. E. STONE, of Kansas City, Kan., two brothers, Keith JOHNSTON, of Mount Ayr, and J. A. JOHNSTON, of Winterset, many other relatives and a legion of friends, by whom he will be sadly missed.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, May 21, at two-thirty o'clock, from the First Christian church, conducted by the Rev. Harold A. REEL, who was assisted by the Reverends George C. PENNINGTON and U. E. BURROUGHS.

Interment was made in Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2012

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