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George Howard Johnston


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George Howard Johnston, age 90 years and 8 months, died on December 27, 2016 in Alamogordo, NM at his home with his wife and family.

George is survived by his wife Sharon (Sweetie) of 50 years, daughter, Janet Sue Bell of Aztec, NM, son, George Howard II (Linda) of Albuquerque, step-daughters, Deborah Holman (Gregory) and Teri Coleman (Jody) of Tucson AR; his brother, Omer Keith Johnston of Alamogordo, NM, sister, Ina Lee Johnston Ratzel, of Slidell, LA; 12 grandchildren 1 greatgrandchild, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, George Homer Johnston, step-mother, Ina Estelle Tanner, sister, Jessie Jewel Findeisen, brothers, Albert Scott Johnston, James Duane Pittman and Avon Richard Pittman; a son, Jay Lee Johnston; and one grandson, Darrell Wayne Bell.

George was born on April 7, 1926 in Tucumcari, NM, to parents George Homer and Flossie Rucker. After Pearl Harbor, George enlisted at age 16 in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific theater aboard the aircraft carrier, Makasson Strait, in WWII.

Shortly after returning to NM he went to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad, for whom he worked for 44 years, before retiring as a Section Foreman in Tucson AZ. He then returned to live out his days in NM.

George was a great family man and a loving father. He loved country; railroad and family. George and his wife, Sharon, aka as Sweetie, married on June 25, 1966 and the couple had one son together, Timothy Johnston and raised two stepdaughters Deborah and Teri.

George was a sociable and humorous person with a Will Rogers sense of humor.

He was ahead of his time, before recycling became trendy. He built beautiful furniture out of discarded railroad ties and other scrape wood.

He was a steward of the neighborhood, collecting recyclables from his neighbors and friends.

He enjoyed reading western books, watching westerns on TV and working in his workshop.

His family and friends will always remember him as an unpretentious and unassuming person.

Family gathered and said their last goodbyes.

The family only ask that George be remembered by family and friends for who he was and what he represented; a true American.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 11 to Feb. 10, 2017
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