THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
James F. Johnston
Issue Date: March 22, 2017
James F. Johnston, 88, of Marinette, passed away Thursday, March 16 at the Oscar Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Mi.
Born Dec. 29, 1928 in L'Anse, Mi., to Charles and Lydia (Olson) Johnston, he spent his early life there and moved to Marinette with his family where he lived most of his life. A veteran of the Korean War, he served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953. He married the former Lois Schewe of Marinette on Aug. 20, 1955.
He worked in the woods as a logger for many years and was also self-employed as a carpenter. He later owned his own business as a crane operator. He also farmed where he enjoyed working the land and operating his tractor.
He is survived by his wife, Lois; children, Gary of Marinette, Ruth (Jon) Hasler of Appleton, Gayle (Don) Noll of Idaho and Joel of Marinette and their half-brother, Peter (Julie) Henne of Nekoosa; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Elsie Fralick and two brothers, William (Pat) Johnston and Everette (Bev) Johnston.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Hazel McClain; three brothers, Edward and Henry and brother, Charles Johnston, who joined him on Friday and an infant brother, George.
Friends called at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home in Marinette on Tuesday, March 21 from 4 p.m. until time of the funeral services at 6 p.m., with Rev. Christian Eisenbeis officiating. Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery in Marinette. A memorial fund has been established.