Sunday, March 28, 2010

Ralph E. Johnston, Sr. (March 25, 2010)

Ralph E. Johnston Sr., age 89, of Versailles, Ohio, went to be with the Lord at 10:45 A.M. on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at the VA Medical Center Nursing Home in Dayton. Ralph was born October 26, 1920 in Yorkshire, Ohio, to the late Harrison and Clara (Fritz) Johnston.

Ralph was a farmer, Truck Driver and formerly worked at Worch Lumber in Versailles. Ralph served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church, the Sidney D.A.V., and the Ft. Loramie American Legion.

In addition to his parents, Ralph is also preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Otis Johnston; and sister, Drusilla Hartle.

Ralph is survived by his loving wife, Mary E. (Black) Johnston, whom he married July 6, 1942. He is also survived by a daughter, Nancy Marrs of Versailles; son, Ralph Johnston Jr., of Versailles; grandchildren, Kevin Marrs of Versailles, Alicia and Sam Meadows of Taos, New Mexico, and Libby and Chad Kennard of Grand Junction, Colorado; great grandchildren, Sara Marrs of Moraine, Ohio, and Jade and Ashton Meadows of Taos, New Mexico; brother, Tom Johnston of Piqua; and sisters, Catherine McKibben of Gettysburg, Rosetta Grise of Piqua and Treva Meiring of Piqua.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 29, 2010 at 10:30 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles, with Pastor Rick Gutheil officiating. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery in Sidney. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. and Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Versailles United Methodist Church.