Johnston Gerald M. "Jerry" Johnston, 90, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, September 28, 2013. Jerry was born in Columbus, OH on November 27, 1922, to Charles E. and Garnet (Morrison) Johnston and is preceded in death by his parents and brother Eric Johnston. Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Mary Kathleen "Kay" Johnston; daughters, Carol (David) Miller and Suzanne "Suzy" Jennings; grandchildren, Rachael (Arthur) Smith and Ryan (Jessica) Lowery; great-grandchildren, Arthur Smith, Evelyn Smith, Logan Lowery and Alexandra Lowery; niece, nephews and many friends. Jerry served in the Army during WWII. He graduated from OSU in music education and was drum major in 1942. He worked in the auto parts business in Columbus until retiring to St. Petersburg, FL in 1987 and maintained his lifelong passion with music performing with local jazz orchestras in Florida and Ohio. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013, 2 p.m. at Xenos Christian Fellowship, Study Center, 1340 Community Park Drive, Columbus, OH 43229 with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to Xenos Christian Fellowship. Messages of condolence may be left at www.NewcomerColumbus.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Oct. 6, 2013