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Bernie Johnston


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Bernie Johnston Obituary
Funeral services for Bernie Johnston, 84, of Alamogordo, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel with Scott P. Reeves and Inez Rodgers officiating.
Burial will follow in the Mount Zion Cemetery with Johnny Privett, Garry Monroe, Glynn Monroe, Jimmy Claude Dendy, Shane Rodgers and Chuck Armstrong serving as pallbearers. All of Bernie's many friends will be honorary pallbearers.
Bernie Edwin Johnston was born March 5, 1928, in Portales, the only child of Ruth and George E. Johnston. He died Wednesday, March 21, 2012, in Albuquerque.
Since Bernie was an only child, he was very close to three cousins, who were more like brothers and sisters. He was a 1946 graduate of Portales High School.
On Jan. 4, 1950, he was married to Maxine Morrison. They made their home in Upland, Calif., until 1980, where he was a general contractor building motels, strip malls and other commercial buildings. When he retired, they moved to Roseburg, Ore., where they cared for his parents until their deaths.
In 1983, they started spending winters in Quartzite, Ariz. They moved back to Portales in 1997. It was while they were in Quartzite that Maxine became ill and they returned to Portales, where he could better care for her. Mrs. Johnston died on May 16, 2003.
On May 21, 2005, he was married to Imogene Monroe at the Floyd Methodist Church. Since 2006, they had made their home in Alamogordo.
Bernie loved to hunt, especially for elk and deer, and he even bagged a bear this past year. Every Wednesday, he played golf with several friends. He was a very outgoing and friendly man, and most every day would find him gathered with others exchanging stories. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, and was a member of Grace Methodist Church in Alamogordo.
He is survived by his wife, Imogene, of their home in Alamogordo; three stepsons, Glynn Monroe, of Tularosa, Garry (Jackie) Monroe, of McCamey, Texas, and Dennis Monroe, of Alamogordo; a stepdaughter, Inez Rodgers, of Las Cruces; two granddaughters, Amanda and Robin; five step-grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and two of his cousins, Dottie Riley, of Tucson, Ariz., and Mary Bell Wakefield, of Bakersfield, Calif.
Besides his first wife Maxine, he was preceded in death by his parents; his only son, Gary Johnston, who died April 27, 2011; and his cousin, Bill Griffin, who died earlier this year.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 25 to Apr. 24, 2012
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