William Johnston Sr.
William Johnston Sr.

William "Bill" M. Johnston Sr., 81, Logansport, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

Born on Oct. 9, 1935, in Cass County, he was the son of the late Harry L. and Evelyn (Funk) Johnston.

On March 4, 1956, in Young America, he married Betty Jo Groninger. She preceded him in death on July 1, 2005.

Bill was a 1953 graduate of Twelve Mile High School. He retired from Essroc Cement Plant after working there for more than 40 years and was a part-time farmer in his younger years. Bill enjoyed his vacation trips to Florida, walking on the beach, and driving through the country admiring the farm ground. He was a regular in the morning at the local Bullshipper's. Bill enjoyed the Bears, Pacers, and IU basketball, and he especially enjoyed watching the Cubs with his grandchildren as they won the World Series this year. He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events.

Surviving are two sons, William M. Johnston Jr. and his wife Jennifer, Peru, and Ward Scott Johnston and his wife Selena, Rochester; his brother, Neil Johnston, Rochester; sisters-in laws Jean Shepherd and Nancy (Ronnie) Grable, both of Logansport; grandchildren Becky Johnston, Stephanie Marbach, Alicia Johnston and fiance Derek Sadler, William Wesley Johnston, and Harry Blake Johnston; great-grandchildren Cory Smith, Ezra Bellanca, Austin Marbach, and Grace Utter; great-great-grandson, Cory Smith Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Johnston.

A celebration of life will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at the Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with Pastor Jim Sparks officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Logansport. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, also at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made the charity of one's choice. Family and friends may sign the guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumcares.com.