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Charles "Ed" Johnston


1922 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Charles "Ed" Johnston Obituary
CHARLES "ED" JOHNSTON Ed of Oroville, passed away peacefully on October 3, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. His life-long good humor, strength, positive attitude, and never complaining demeanor were especially evident in the last few years. of his life dealing with advanced Parkinson's disease. Ed was the youngest of three sons born to Arthur and Josie Johnston in Tomaha, Oklahoma on Sept. 28, 1922. His family moved to Tennessee and then to New Mexico. Soon after his father passed away at a young age, Ed learned several musical instruments and helped support himself and his family through high school and college by playing in a touring jazz band throughout the southwest. After enlisting in the Army, he met his wife of 66 years, Cecelia, in San Diego, and they were married in Bend, Oregon. He served honorably in the Pacific theater during World War II. Ed and Cec owned and operated the Valley Music Shop in Oroville and Chico for 37 years. Although often working 6 days a week, Ed always had time for his family and friends. He was active in the Knights of Columbus at Saint Thomas Catholic Church, the Oroville Golden Feather Model A club, and a bowling team that competed with the same members for 35 years. After retirement, he continued to enjoy hunting, fishing, the family cabin at Bucks Lake, and playing cards and games with family and friends. He was an avid reader, especially of American history. He was also a die-hard 49er fan and enjoyed playing in the Scarff family fantasy football league. Survivors include daughter, Linda (Jim) Scarff of Oroville; sons, Glenn (Jeanette) Johnston of Chico, and Gary Johnston of Oroville; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his two older brothers, and his wife, Cecelia, in 2010. Ed will always be remembered as a great and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Special thanks to the following who helped provide care and support and entertainment in Ed's later years: Veteran's Administration, Oroville Hospital, Louis L'Amour, the Sarmiento family, Jim Scarff and long-time friend, Bud Ryan. Donations can be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Oct. 18, 2014
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