Robert D. Johnston of Ligonier, died peacefully in his home June 11th 2022. His parents were Edward N. Johnston and Elianor J. (Nicely) Johnston of Ligonier. Robert passed over at the age of 96 and is survived by his wife Lavonne B. (Endersbe) Johnston of 77 years of marriage.
Robert Met his wife while on leave during WWII as Lavonne was working at North Western Airlines, fixing planes that had bullet damage, it was love at first sight, they both were 18 years old. They had two children Ronald L. Johnston ( who died in 2006) (also a Navy Veteran) and a daughter Kathy D. Johnston who lives in Ligonier. Robert is also survived by his only brother Kenneth Johnston of Clinton Mo. and Kenneth's daughter Norie (Elianor) Cox of Clinton MO. Robert and Lavonne have three granddaughters, Corby Hernandez of Daytona Beach FL., Stacy Van Sluytman of Darlington, PA and Kara Schroeder of Wyoming, MN. Robert was also very proud of his seven great grandchildren and had one great great grandson. As a WWII veteran he was in the Navy and spent most of his time on a destroyer chasing down Japanese subs and protecting other ships. Because of his love of narture and all our natural resources of this land we call home he used his talents in the field of conservation, forestry and the education of how to protect. Robert retired after 35 years with the Minnesota State Parks Department as a supervisor of Parks.
Robert and Lavonne moved back several years ago to his birth place of Ligonier from Florida. Always active in community work and stewardship Robert belonged to the Masonic Lodge for over 50 yrs, as well as the Eastern Star and 60 plus years with VFW. Robert D. Johnston was a wonderful man who treasured his family, honored his country, dedicated his talents and abilities to all people. He was a man that was easy to love and you would want in your life. He will be missed and never forgotten. No services will be held at this time, the family would like to thank the kind, thoughtful friends and neighbors for all their compassion and caring responses to our great loss.
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