(August 18, 1923 – April 25, 2011)
Robert (Bob) E. Johnston, 87, of Midland, died unexpectedly on April 25, 2011, with his loving family at his side, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland. Bob was born in Gladstone, Michigan on August 18, 1923, to the late Carol Ellen (Shipman) and Clarence L. Johnston. He married his sweetheart, Pauline E. Smith, in Midland on April 17, 1948. She predeceased him on Dec. 17, 2006. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII as a medic. He worked for Dow Chemical for 33 years as a pipefitter. He was a member of the Sanford American Legion and VFW. Bob was an avid fisherman and loved woodworking. He was always working on something with his hands whether it was helping his son restore old tractors or building a rocking chair or doll crib for his many grandchildren or birdfeeders for the residents of Stratford Village.He had a special gift with people and was instantly liked by all he came in contact with. He had a tremendous memory particularly for jokes which he enjoyed telling. A single word or phrase could trigger a long story or a quick joke to everyone?ÇÖs continued amazement and amusement. And, he was the world?ÇÖs great Detroit Tigers fan and rarely missed watching a game.He had a deep love for his family and they always remained first in his life. Bob was the guiding light of the family. They returned his love and will dearly miss him. Robert is survived by his daughters, Joanne (Larry) Sandridge of Midland, Carolyn (George) Avery of Freeland, Janice (Richard) Reynolds of Midland, Paula (Steve) Blumer of Williamston; son, Robert Johnston Jr. of Midland; grandchildren, Scott, Kay, Brent, Janna, Stephanie, Matthew, Robin, Jessie, Katie, Jillian; 10 great grandchildren; sisters, Mary Von Linsowe, Katherine Oppenheim; brothers, Murlin (Mary), Richard (KiKi), Don (Sandy), John (Marcia), Everett (Erma) and David (Grace). Robert was predeceased by his brother Dennis. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 28 atSmith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly, with Chaplain Roger Staufer of MidMichigan Medical Center officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 am until the time of service. Those considering an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the MidMichigan Homecare (Hospice). Online condolences can be given at smithminer.com.