Buren "Bud" D. Johnston, age 95, of Clovis, New Mexico passed away on November 20, 2012, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis, New Mexico.
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Bud was born on March 12, 1917, to Dallas and Yola (Loban) Johnston in Belleview, New Mexico. He grew up in the Belleview and Grady communities. He served in the Army during WWII where he was a prisoner of war in Japan for three and one-half years. He was a survivor of the Bataan Death March. Bud married Lucile Carter on June 5, 1948, in Clovis, New Mexico. He worked for the Santa Fe Railroad as a welder for twenty-nine and one-half years, retiring in 1981. Bud was a member of the VFW, American Legion, and IOOF at Grady. He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Clovis.
He is survived by his wife, Lucile Johnston of the home; two sisters, Gladys Gordon of San Jon, New Mexico and Cora Henson of Clovis, New Mexico; numerous nieces and nephews, and one sister-in-law, Pansy Johnston of Socorro, New Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Berna Johnston, and one sister, Rita McCormick.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 23, 2012, in the Steed-Todd Chapel in Clovis, with Damon Pearce, officiating. Honorary casket bearers are members of the Men's Bible Class at Central Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Mission Garden of Memories with full Military honors presented by the Cannon Air Force Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions can be to the
, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Steed-Todd Funeral Home and Crematory, 800 E. Manana Blvd., Clovis, New Mexico, (575) 763-5541. You may also sign the online guest registry at www.steedtodd.com .
Published in the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune on Nov. 22, 2012