Lieutenant Colonel James Roger Johnston
1977 - 2020
June 24, 1977
August 22, 2020
Lieutenant Colonel James Roger Johnston

June 24, 1977 - August 22, 2020

Lieutenant Colonel James Roger Johnston went home to Jesus on August 22, 2020 at age 43 while serving in the U.S. Army oversees on assignment to NATO.

James was born on June 24, 1977 in Albuquerque, NM. After graduating in 1995 with honors from Judson High School in Converse, Texas, he attended Texas Tech University where he found his passions in life: his future wife, Lori McMillan and service to the US Army. Upon graduation and completion of the Tech ROTC program, he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant on December 18th, 2000. Lori and James married on December 22nd, 2000 at First Baptist Church in Plainview, Texas and they went on to have two daughters, Rileigh Faith (15yrs), and Madeline Grace (13yrs).

James' first assignment was Ft. Lewis in Washington State where decades earlier his grandfather had gone for Basic Training before serving in WWII, a connection that they both would treasure. James was proud to have served 5 Tours of Duty in Iraq (2), Afghanistan, Haiti, and Kuwait and serve as an instructor at the Desert War College at Fort Irwin, CA. He also served with the 82nd Airborne at Ft Bragg, 8th Transportation Brigade at Ft Eustis, held a company command at Ft. Story within the 11th Transportation Battalion and 1st TSC at Ft Knox. His last posting was his dream position an assignment to NATO starting with the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy in which he was thrilled to bring his family on what he called an "adventure of a lifetime".

In addition to being a dedicated and loving family man, James also loved riding his Harley, traveling, cooking, and star gazing. Throughout his life, he held an ever-strengthening faith in God, which he shared with those who surrounded him.

James joins his biological mother, Beth Saturn Johnston; and his grandparents in Heaven. He is survived by his wife, Lori McMillan Johnston; and children, Rileigh Faith and Madeline Grace; his parents, Janet Sauber & Major Jerome Sauber, DVM (Ret.) of College Station; his sisters and their families, Heather Sauber, Commander Erin Sauber-Schatz, PhD & Richard Schatz, Laura & Michael Francis, and Elaine Saturn Keys & Eric Keys; and brother, Keith Saturn; his parents-in-law, Susan & Tommy McMillan; brother-in-law and his family, Kelsey & Chance McMillan; nephews and nieces, Sydney, Grayson, Bruce, Cameron, Christian, Clara, Lane, and Connor.

There will be a funeral service held at 3:00pm, September 19, 2020 at First Baptist Church (Kornerstone Funeral Home) in Plainview, Texas and streaming services will also be available at or

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either Samaritan's Purse: LTC James Johnston Memorial Fund at or Folds of Honor at or by mail at Folds of Honor Department #13 Tulsa, OK 74182 in Honor of LTC James Johnston.

"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13

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Published by The Bryan-College Station Eagle on Sep. 17, 2020.
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Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
Mandy Hebert
September 22, 2020
A clear eyed warrior, leader, and child of God. I was blessed to know him.

Doug Walters (CW4 Retired)
Doug Walters
September 19, 2020
Earth has lost an amazing soul but in his short life has been an inspiration to all who were fortunate to know him. Our family never met him, but are grateful for his service to our country and to the Lord. May his family find comfort and peace, knowing their loved one is in the presence of Jesus.

Sincerely in Him,
Betty Chavana
Chavana/Barker Family
September 19, 2020
Truly a great man departed this world too soon! Debbie and I send our prayers for strength to his family.
Marde Stephens (Retired CSM)
September 18, 2020