Douglas L. Johnston, age 84, of Harrisville, passed away on June 25, 2011 at the E.J. Noble Hospital.
Calling hours will be at French Funeral Home, Gouverneur on Tuesday evening from 6 - 8 p.m. His graveside service will be on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in the Fairview Cemetery, Edwards. A reception will follow at his daughter Susan’s home.
Douglas was born on June 12, 1927 in Lisbon to the late Theodore L. and Gladys C. (Perry) Johnston. He graduated the eighth grade from the Edwards school.
He proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1945 until his honorable discharge in 1947. He had received the Army of Occupation Medal and the WWII Victory Medal. Douglas was a truck driver for the Army and retrieved General Patton’s jeep back to headquarters after Patton died.
Douglas married Dorothy J. Aldridge on May 14, 1949 at the Ogdensburg Pilgrim Holiness Church. The couple had lived in the Harrisville area since 1950. Dorothy passed away on October 20, 1999.
Mr. Johnston retired from Gouverneur Talc after 44 years. He had worked there as a driller for 42 ½ of those years. He had previously worked farming it and as a cross country truck driver.
He enjoyed snowmobiling, bullhead fishing at Hickory Lake, deer hunting, and apple picking. Douglas is well known as a story teller and having enjoyed his animals.
His survivors include two sons, Terry L. Johnston of Gouverneur, Bradford A. Johnston of Harrisville; two daughters and their husbands, Catherine M. (Gary) Hopper of Gouverneur, Susan A. (Richard) Patton of N. Gouverneur; and a brother and his wife, Henry and Helen Johnston of Dexter. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and his nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he is predeceased by a son, Robert L. Johnston; his sisters, Betty Blair and Eva Cobb; and his brother Lloyd who died in infancy.
Donations may be made in Mr. Johnston’s memory to the American Cancer Society or a Rescue Squad/Fire Dept. of one’s choice.