Harry Douglas Johnston

European Theater

S/N O-818160.

Wife: Ralphetta A. (Simonetti) Johnston

Obituary, from Miscellaneous Mifflin County, Pennsylvania Obituaries at http://www.obitcentral.com/obitsearch/obits/pa/pa-mifflin81.htm

MIDDLESEX, NJ – Harry D. Johnston, 78, of 6 Rutgers Lane, Middlesex, NJ, died at 10:29 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2001, at his residence. Born Oct. 25, 1922, in Warriors Mark, he was a son of the late Donald S. and Flossie G. (Bason) Johnston. His wife, Ralphetta A. (Simonetti) Johnston, whom he married Dec. 12, 1942, survives. Also surviving are: children, H. Scott Johnston, 413 Caldwell Hill, Lewistown and John E. Johnston, 1 Sunset Road, Lewistown; a brother, C. Earl Johnston, 245 Loop Road, Lewistown; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald James Johnston.

He was a United States Army Air Force veteran of World War II, having flown 63 missions as a pilot on a B-26 Marauder with the First Tactical Air Force in France. He was awarded the Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters, the French Croix de Guerre with Palm and the European Theatre of Operations ribbon with six battle stars.

He was an honors graduate of the Lewistown High School Class of 1940, and he attended Arkansas State Teacher’s College, Bucknell and Lock Haven universities. He earned his master’s degree from Penn State University. He was a high school teacher and coach for various schools, including Lewistown High School and Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ. He coached the 1964 Lewistown baseball team to its first District Championship. He was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Virgin Catholic Church in Middlesex, NJ, and was a former member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, Lewistown. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday at Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, 106 N. Dorcas St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Father Thomas Marickovic officiating. Interment was in Juniata Memorial Park, Lewistown, where military graveside rites were conducted by VFW Post 7011, Lewistown. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Alzheimer’s Association, 2001 Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17102. Heller-Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown, was in charge of arrangements.

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