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William L. Johnston

April 9, 1936 ~ August 5, 2018 (age 82)

William L. Johnston, age 82, of New Bethlehem, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at his home.

Born April 9, 1936 in Shippenville, he was a son of the late Leonard C. and Juanita Gale Bullock Johnston.

He married Judy Ann Swartfager on August 23, 1958, and she preceded him in death.

William worked as a lumberjack and carpenter all his life and was an employee of Aldo Francheski for 29 years.

William was a member of the New Bethlehem Moose Lodge #366 for over 50 years and was also a social member of the V.F.W. Post #415 of New Bethlehem.

Survivors include his son, William Allen Johnston, four daughters, Cindy JoAnn Johnston, Patricia Gale Rearick, Victoria Ann Johnston, and Amy Suzanne Johnston, thirteen grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

William is also survived by two brothers, Robert and James Johnston, and two sisters, Patricia Summerville and Elaine Shoup.

In addition to his parents and wife, William was preceded in death by his brother, Harry Johnston, and three sisters, Maxine Jeanerette, Georgine Fulton, and Retha Wells.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the Rupert Funeral Home and Cremation Service of New Bethlehem.

Memorial contributions may be made in the name of William L. Johnston to the Clarion Forest VNA, 271 Perkins Road, Clarion PA, 16214.

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