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OBITUARY RAYMOND (SI) JOHNSTON

Raymond Dale (Si) JOHNSTON was born in Grand River, Iowa, April 16, 1909 to Herbert and Pearl (DALE) JOHNSTON. He passed away at his home in Manor 3, Mount Ayr, Iowa, September 24, 1978 at the age of 69 years, five months and eight days.

In 1918, he and his family, brother Rupert, moved to Mount Ayr where he finished high school in 1927. During his high school years he was active in sports, setting a track record which stood for over 35 years.

He married Versye F. CALDWELL (1909-1966) January 11, 1930, and they were blessed with two sons, Ronald Dale and Herbert Roy. Versye passed away February 25, 1966.

On June 3, 1967, he was joined in marriage with Kathleen (CRAWFORD) BOLANDER in Newport Beach, CA., They have resided in Mount Ayr the past 11 years.

Si was associated with his father, Herbert, and later brother Rupert, in the Ford Motor Co., also Firestone Store and Tire Company for 34 years.

Fishing and golf and his family were his interests in his beloved Iowa.

Raymond was also a member of the Mount Ayr United Methodist church and the Faith Lodge, No. 179, A.F. & A.M.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Kathleen; sons and wives, Ronald and Bonnie, Herbert and Mildred of Decorah; and in Des Moines, their children, Jan, Eric, Evan, and Al JOHNSTON; his brother Rupert and his children, Kay FARIS and Steve JOHNSTON of Mount Ayr and Des Moines; his mother, Pearl of Osceola Leisure Home; sisters-in-law, Helen LUCHSINGER and Lola PEPPMEIER of Mount Ayr, Marjorie ILTIS of Turlock, Ca., Celeste SUMMERS of Houston, Texas; stepchildren, Donna HALLIBURTON of Corena del Mar, Ca.; Jack BOLANDER of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and their children, Vicki (BOLANDER) PRINCE of Richmond, Va., Jeff BOLANDER of Harrisonburg, Va., Duncan, Kathleen, Sara and Jennifer HALLIBURTON of Corena del Mar, Ca.; also a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were held Sept. 26 from Rhoades-Wilson Funeral Home, with the Revs. Phil and Doris KINTON officiating. Music was by Edna JONES, Athena STRANGE and Mike GREENE. Masonic services were held at Rose Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were John DENHART, Harold FOLTZ, Wilber WAGENKNECHT, Herman FENNEMA, Steve JOHNSTON and Lyle FARIS. Honorary casket bearers were Brady BEAMNA, Burl CUNNING, Amos LEE, Clair WILLEY, Glenn LESAN, Gene CARR, Dr. B. W. KNIGHT, and George BALDNER

SOURCE: genealogical clippings of Norma G. (FOLAND) BECKER from Mount Ayr Record-News
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, 2007

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