Robert Lloyd (Bob) Johnston

January 22, 2015

Robert Lloyd (Bob) Johnston, 78, of Lafayette, passed away on January 22, 2015 at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Hospital. He was born in Distant, PA on August 12, 1936 to the late Edward R. and Eldia Mae (Courson) Johnston. His marriage was to Louella Jane Reichard in New Bethlem, PA on March 1, 1958, and she survives. Bob served in the United States Marine Corps from 1954 to 1957. After the Marine Corps, Bob worked as a construction engineer, first for Toy Drilling, and then with Operating Engineers Local 66, until his retirement in 1998. Bob was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and scholastic and collegiate wrestling (especially the Penn State Nittany Lions). After moving to the Lafayette area in 2002, he donned the “Old Gold and Black” and closely followed Boilermaker athletics. He enjoyed fishing, tending his expansive yard and garden, and spending time with his family. He never missed his grandchildren’s athletic events and other school-related activities. Bob and Louella’s home was the scene of countless large family gatherings and celebrations. Bob was a model of integrity, dedication, and an ethic of hard work – values that he sought to instill in each of his children. Bob attended the First Church of God in Lafayette and worked tirelessly and unselfishly in service to that congregation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,

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Visitation and Services

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, January 26, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 2056 E. Wabash St., Frankfort, IN. Funeral service to follow at 1:30, Pastor Gregg Davis and Mike Harville will officiate. Interment with military honors will be at Zion Cemetery, Tippecanoe Co., IN. Goodwin Funeral Home, Frankfort, IN is entrusted with care.

Survived by:

his wife, six children: Shana (husband, Mike) Harville; Beth (Mark) Allwes; Luann (Doug) Roseman; Robert (Maria) Johnston, II; Carrie Johnston (fiancé, John Greene); and Nathan (Katie) Johnston. Bob also had 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Also surviving are four siblings: Carol Sue Altobelli, Gary Lee Johnston, Gladys Arlene Shoemaker, and William Edward Johnston.

Preceded by:

a sister, Shirley Jean McMahan, and two brothers: Richard Ray Johnston and Kenneth Charles Johnston.


19 Condolences for “Robert Lloyd (Bob) Johnston”

  1. Bruce and Ruth Osborne January 23, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Dear Louella and Family.
    We have had so many wonderful times at the Church of God in Brookville, and miss you all very much. You have a wonderful family and I know you all love the Lord. I know Bob will be missed by all who knew him, but God wanted him home with him. We love you all and want to give our condolences to you and the family!

  2. Catherine Izzi Swartz January 23, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    I knew Louella and Bob from High School. You have my deepest sympathy.

  3. Vickie ( Neiswonger) Allen January 23, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing, Louella. May God give you a peace that passeth all understanding and may you all stand firm in His Love and strength in the following days ahead! You have my deepest sympathy and from what I can remember of Bob as a little girl, is that he was a sweet man. Romans 8:28.

  4. Marsha Nulph nordstrom January 23, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Louella. So sorry to hear of bobs passing. My prayers are with you and the family

  5. Pastor Phil and Doris Conklin January 23, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Please know how much the entire Johnston family has meant to us over the years! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all through these difficult days. Truly wish we could be there with you!! You are loved!

  6. Randy and Vicki Barlett January 24, 2015 at 8:54 am

    We are truly saddened by Bob’s passing.He was always concerned about JR and took him fishing many times!! I always enjoyed our many talks!! He is with the Lord and free of all pain, cares, and the struggles of being on this earth! God be very near to you, Louella! We love you and He is faithful to take care of you in the days ahead!!

  7. Marlin Collingwood January 24, 2015 at 10:50 am

    to the Johnston Family. I remember many good times together at Whitehall. Prayers and sympathy at this time.

  8. Judy Stewart January 24, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Louella and Family, You are all in my thoughts and prayers. You were an important part of our church here in Brookville for so many years. God will be your strength and get you all through this. Much love sent. Judy

  9. Karen Doverspike January 24, 2015 at 11:34 am

    I just wanted to express my sympathy to all of you in this difficult time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers

  10. The Buono Family January 24, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    According to John chapter 5 verse 24 we are promised eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We Believe and have faith that Bob is now in God’s presence and is at peace. He will be missed here on earth and we are saddened together with his family. We look forward to the time when we will see him again and we are all together in God’s presence. Luella please call on us whenever you need us!

  11. Darla Large January 24, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Rob&Maria&Family, we are so sorry for your loss. God will help you through this trial. Love&Prayers for you all!! John&Darla

  12. Dorothy { Holibaugh} Over January 24, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Sorry to hear of Bobs passing. We grew up in Distant & my brother Don & I were with the Johnston crew all the time. My condolences to all the family

  13. Sooyun Kim January 25, 2015 at 10:17 am

    I am so sorry to hear of grandpa Bob’s passing…I rember how kind he was when I stayed with Harville family. I miss all my American family in IN and hope them to overcome this loss with the strength which God gives!

  14. Donna Williams January 25, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Louella and family
    Our deepest condonlences goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.
    God Bless
    Donna and George Williams

  15. Don/Cathy McQuestin January 26, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Louella and family
    Our deepest condolences goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.
    God Bless
    Donna and George Williams

  16. Ken Levene January 26, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Nathan and family: I am sad to hear of the passing of your father, grandfather, and husband. My prayers are with you, during this difficult time. It will heal with time, and the best of the memories will rise to the top.

  17. Floyd Metz, Jr January 26, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Louella and Family,
    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Bob. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May God comfort you in your time of loss. I can understand how you are feeling, since I just lost my wife several months ago. Please accept my condolences. I remember of Bob being a very good and hard working person. I was always proud to let people know he was my cousin. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort always.

    Floyd Metz, Jr
    Dover, DE

  18. Raymond Rohana January 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Carrie, my deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family for your loss. May God grant your father eternal peace and may He Bless and comfort you and your family through your difficult time of sorrow and grieving.

  19. Trace McGarey February 3, 2015 at 9:11 am


    My mother (Judy) told me yesterday of your husband’s passing. Please accept my most sincere condolences to you. They never quite leave us, you know—he’s left a lot behind for you and your family to re-visit, remember and rejoice in. Blessings on you today…


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