Loren D. "Corky" Johnston
Loren was born on the family farm in Waterville, Kan., Nov. 16, 1932, to Ralph and Verna Johnston, the last of four children.
He went to be with the Lord Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. at BBC Ministries Dec. 11.
He graduated from high school in Waterville and, following graduation, joined the Navy. After being discharged from the Navy, he moved to Wichita, Kan., and worked for Cesna Aircraft.
While in Wichita, he met and married Rosalyn Suzanne Cullison on April 25, 1954. They had two children while in Wichita, Donald and Michael. They then had the opportunity to move to Los Angeles, Calif., to be with Rosalyn's parents Don and Miriam Cullison. While there, Corky attended and graduated from barber college. He then went into business with Don and was a barber for many years. During this time, the twins David and Doug were born.
He became bored with the business and wanted to accomplish something more gratifying. At the age of 37, he joined the El Monte Police Department and was the oldest graduate at that time from Rio Hondo College Police Science Department. He then served with the El Monte, Calif., Police Department until his retirement in January 1987.
Corky and Rosie made their home in California an "open house" for all of the friends of their boys. The friends considered Corky and Rosie their alternate parents. It was the "hangout" on Flanner Street in La Puente, Calif. They were very supportive when their boys participated in any extra curricular activities.
Corky was an avid camper, fisherman and bowler. He bowled on various leagues while living in California and in Klamath Falls, where he received an award for a game of 299. He loved spending time fishing, especially with his family. He and Rosie loved their motorhome and spent time traveling with friends and staying in Southern California to be near family.
Corky is survived by his sons, Mike and wife, Cindy of Eagle Point, Ore., and Doug and Rhonda of Corona, Calif.; grandsons, Eric, Jeremy and wife, Seani; granddaughters, Shaleen, Misti, Kristen, Candice, Courtney, Tracey, and Kati and husband, Phil Wright; three great-grandchildren; and his loving sister, Colleen Hansen along with seven nieces and nephews, who reside in Wichita, Kan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Merle; sister, Marlain Parmale; loving wife, Rosalyn and sons, Donald and David.
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