Roy Johnston

Funeral services for Roy L. Johnston, 87, Lawrence, will be 2 p.m., Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran church in Lawrence.  Military Honors will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence.  He died on Friday, March 5, 2010 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born January 25, 1923 in Lawrence, KS the son of Earl Johnston and Margaret (Elder) Johnston Sanders.

He had been a lifelong resident of Lawrence and had attended Lawrence Public Schools.

Mr. Johnston worked for the University of Kansas as a painter for 25 years.  He was a General Electric Appliance Repairman for several years prior to working for KU. 

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country as a Master Sergeant in the 86th Infantry Black Hawk Division, Company I in both the Pacific and European theaters during WWII. 

He is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Dorsey-Liberty Post # 14, American Legion, Odd Fellows, and Elks Lodge # 595, B.P.O.E.

He was married to Mary Beth Pollard on June 10, 1951 in Lawrence.  She preceded him in death on February 18, 2007.

Survivors include one daughter, Lisa Lynn Johnston, Lawrence; two sons, Bruce Alan Johnston and wife, Pattie, of Lawrence, KS, and David Wayne Johnston and wife, Melody, of Oak Hill, VA; one sister, Earlene Bailey, of Oskaloosa, KS.  He was preceded in death by one daughter, Julie Ann Johnston, and two sisters, Betty Jean Johnston and Carol Griffin; and one brother, Fred Johnston.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Dorsey-Liberty Post # 14, American Legion or the Charity of Donor’s choice and sent in care of the mortuary. 

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p..m. Sunday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary and from 1 p.m., until service time on Tuesday at the church.  


6 Condolences

  1. David Scheuer on March 6, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Lisa, Bruce and family—

    Please accept my sincere condolences on your dad’s passing. Both he and Mary Beth were always very kind to me during my years attending Trinity. Be well during this difficult time.


  2. Mary Alphs on March 7, 2010 at 12:00 am

    My love and deep hearted sympathies go out to you, David and Melody, and to the rest of the family, Bruce and Lisa. May our Sovereign God hold you close and be the lifter of your head and the holder of your hand.

  3. Rob Edmiston on March 7, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Lisa and Bruce and family,

    I am so sorry and sad to read of your dad’s passing. He was one of my favorite people and I have very fond memories of him. I really enjoyed being around him at church and family gatherings and have wonderful memories of watching football with him. God bless you all and take care, Rob Edmiston

  4. T Williams on March 8, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort and hope in the Bible’s promise, “Your dead ones will live. . . . They will rise up.” –Isaiah 26:19 The Bible teaches that man was not created by God to die, but death came about as a result of sin, way back in the Garden of Eden. –Romans 5:12. So even though death has afflicted mankind down to our day, God promises to undo the effects of death and even do away with death itself. Please read this for yourself at Revelation 21:3, 4. What a wonderful hope is presented in God’s Word. . . being able to live right here on earth in paradisaic conditions with our loved ones beside us. –Psalms 37:29 It is our hope that reading these scriptures will comfort you during this time of loss.

  5. Jonathan Williams on March 10, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dave & Melody:

    Not sure if the first message went through so I’ll try again. I wanted you to know I heard from Mary Alphs about your dad and wanted to let you know I was thinking about you at this time and thinking about our time in Virginia.

    I pray you will find much comfort and grace in your life in the Lord!


  6. Gerald @ Betty Benson on March 11, 2010 at 12:00 am

    We were very sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy and love. May the Lord be with all of you and bless you.

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