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Warren Johnston

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Warren Dean Johnston Warren Dean Johnston, 91, of Austin, TX (formerly of Horseshoe Bay, TX and Bridgeport, MI) went comfortably to his eternal rest Friday, November 16, 2012 at his home at The Heritage at Gaines Ranch. Born March 18, 1921 in Ferndale, MI, Warren was the son of the late Charles E. and Anna Rose (Dean) Johnston and was one of five children. He was married to his sweetheart June Garland Nicholson in Bellevue, MI on Nov. 26, 1942. Warren graduated from Clawson High School and Cleary College. He was a highly decorated B24 navigator during WWII, flying 35 missions from Norwich, England. In 1948, Warren and his childhood friend, Andrew W. Horne, founded Tiny Tot Diaper Service in Saginaw, MI. He served many terms as Bridgeport Township Trustee, Clerk, and Treasurer and was a charter member (former President) of the Bridgeport, MI Lions Club. He and June were members of the Bridgeport Community Church and The Church at Horseshoe Bay. He was one of the founders of The Church of Horseshoe Bay, and a past board chairman. Warren had a huge heart with a deep love for his family and friends. He had a passion for golf, and considered his golf buddies some of his best friends. He was a member of the Bridgeport Country Club and Horseshoe Bay Golf Club. He believed in volunteering and giving his best to his community and he did so wherever he resided. He was a trusted, respected and loving husband, father and friend, and will be deeply missed by all. Warren is survived by June, his wife of nearly 70 years and their four children: Jeffrey (Liz), Oscoda, MI, Joanne Forth (Doug), Boulder, CO, Warren Jr., Lewiston, MI and Jill Hebert (Mike) of Austin, TX. He is also survived by his brother Bob and sister Marjorie. His brother Carl and sister Virginia pre-deceased him. Also missing him greatly are seven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, with another due in May, many nephews, nieces, in-laws, and his beloved cats: Callie and Cokey. Cremation has occurred. A celebration and memorial of Mr. Johnston's life will be held at the Heritage at Gaines Ranch at 1:30 pm Monday, November 19. An additional celebration will be held in MI in the summer of 2013. Donations may be made to The Church of Horseshoe Bay - Protestant at Horseshoe Bay, Texas (78657). Condolences may be made at


Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 18, 2012
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