John J Johnston (1929 — 2021)

John J Johnston, 91, of Montpelier, passed away early Monday morning at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers in Bryan. He was born on Aug. 30, 1929, in Superior Township to William Henry and Dorothy (Shaffer) Johnston. John graduated from Montpelier High School in 1949. On May 20, 1951, he married Mary Ellen Sears in Montpelier and she preceded him in death in 2004.

John was a member of the Montpelier Church of Christ, where he was a lifelong Elder, attaining Elder Ameritus in 2007; he was also a worship song leader and Sunday School teacher. In 1995 he retired from Ohio Art after 40 years in the Lithograph Department. John was a former Boy Scout Leader, licensed Silver Sneakers instructor at the YMCA and served on the Board of Directors at the YMCA.

He is survived by his children, Michael (Susan) Johnston of New Carlisle, Ohio, Debbie L. Sanders of Edgerton and Philip (Maryann) Johnston of Montpelier; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Richard, Lee and Charles Johnston; sister, Helen Stone; and pet companion, Missy.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier with Pastor Adam Fox to officiate. Per the governor’s orders, those wishing to attend services are encouraged to bring a mask and follow the recommended social distancing guidelines. Memorial contributions may be given to the Church of Christ. Condolences can be left for the family at

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