Ronald "Butch" Jackson Johnston, Sr. of Floral City passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on September 10, 2021, at the age of 81. He was born to the late Norman James and Beatrice (Thurman) Johnston on July 19, 1940 in Bronx, NY. Ronald made Floral City his home in 1997 after residing most of his life in Pinellas Park and Idaho. Butch was an incredibly hard worker who never had a desire to retire. After many years working as a Truck Driver and Auto Body Technician, he most recently was as a Heavy Equipment Operator and a Jack of All Trades for Cliff's Septic Services in Brooksville, FL. In his down time, Butch enjoyed acrylic painting, drag racing, motocross and watching Dale Earnhardt races. He was the champion of Figure-8 stock car racing at the Sunshine Speedway in Pinellas Park in the 60's. Those left to mourn Ronald's passing include his son, Ronald Johnston, Jr. and his wife Lori, daughters, Kimberly Triano and her husband Timothy, Ronda Van Diver and her husband Ronnie; Grandson, Jake Chason and his wife, Monica, granddaughters, Alexandra Johnston and her fiancé Josh, Brittany Baylis and her husband Brian, Courtney Chase and her fiancé Jessica, and Emily Nickell and her husband Brett; as well as seven great-grand- children. He was predeceased by two sisters and a brother. Butch never said Goodbye when leaving or hanging up the phone, always just "love ya tons".
Published by Citrus County Chronicle on Sep. 26, 2021.