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Joseph N. Johnston

Joseph N. Johnston Joseph Neil Johnston, age 74, of St. George, died suddenly February 1, 2021, at his residence.

He was born December 19, 1946, in Wayne, Nebraska, the son of Roy Lee and Ivy Irene (Horrell) Johnston. Joe graduated from Eudora High School in 1965.

He was married to Patricia Jolene Neis on August 30, 1966, in St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Eudora, KS.

Joe served for 12 years in the United States Air Force as a Crew Chief. He served in Viet Nam in 1972-1973. He also was in the National Guard as a Mess Sergeant for 8 years. He enjoyed working as a Deputy Sheriff in Douglas County, Kansas, for 20 years (1981-2002). Also, he volunteered at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. Following Joe’s retirement, he and Patty moved to Davenport, NE, and then to St. George, KS, in 2011.

Joe was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lawrence Lodge #2, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles Lodge, Kaw Valley Muzzle Loaders Association, and the National Rifle Association.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, woodworking, gardening and just started bee keeping. Joe was a no nonsense kind of guy with a quick wit who loved to joke especially with his grandchildren. He was a good hearted man and loyal friend, always looking for opportunities to share his hobby experiences.

Survivors include his wife Patricia of the home; two daughters: Ginny Gillmore and her husband Todd of St. George, KS, and Amy Reed and her husband Michael of Burr Oak, KS; three sisters: Diana Galloway of Mountain View, AR, Donna Willoughby of Conway, AR, and Roiann Hudspeth of Onia, AK; five grandchildren: Jesse Taylor (Susan), Ryan Hinds (Amanda), Trevor Hinds, Sara Hinds and Jeryn Gillmore; and two great-grandchildren: Jovie Taylor and Willard Hinds; and he was looking forward to his third great-grandchild, a girl that is expected soon.

Cremation is planned. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, June 5th, at the Eudora Cemetery with Reverend Paul Barkey officiating.

Online condolences may be left for the family by clicking on "Send Condolences" on this page.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Diabetes Association or the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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