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Charles V. Johnston
Charles Vernon Johnston, 91, of Highway 64, Marinette, passed away Friday, March 17 at his home.
Charles was born on May 19, 1925 in L'Anse, Michigan to Charles Edward Johnston and Lydia (Olson) Johnston. He was a veteran of World War II. He served in the Army, being inducted on May 30, 1945.
On November 8, 1947, he married Dorothy Mae Edwin in Rockford, Illinois. She preceded him in death on February 28, 2014. Together they raised six children, Ellen Marie (Ken) Vaughn, Charles F. (Jackie) Johnston, Margaret Vieth (Ron Rosner), Fred E. (Patricia) Johnston, Carol (Tom) Strojny and Betty Jane (Raymond) Nelson. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren with one more due shortly. He is further survived by two brothers, William D. (Pat) Johnston and Everette (Beverly) Johnston and one sister, Elsie (Rev. Gordon) Fralick.
Charles and Dorothy spent the winters of their early retirement years in Mission, Texas. They enjoyed traveling. Throughout the years he worked in the woods, logging and later as a contractor, working alongside his younger brother, Everette.
Charles was a hard-working, loving, caring father and loved his family and all the little grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He especially loved babies. He loved to polka dance, watch the birds outside his window and watching TV shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy every evening.
In addition to his parents, Charles and Lydia Johnston and wife, Dorothy, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward, Henry and James, with James passing away the previous day; He was also preceded in death by one sister, Hazel McClain and a baby brother, George, who died as an infant.
Family and friends may call at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home in Marinette on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 4 until 6:30 p.m., with a service to follow at the funeral home. Deacon Jerome Thetreau will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery.