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Obituary: Johnston

Darol H. Johnston, DDS, 101, of Fairbury, passed away at 8:42am, August 8, 2019, at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.

His funeral will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, August 17, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church, Fairbury. Pastor Dan Robertson will be officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.

Visitation will be held from 9-11:00am, Saturday, August 17, 2019, also at the Church.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Fairbury or Southeastern Livingston County Ambulance Association.

Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Johnston was born February 11, 1918, in Piper City, the son of Ollie and Charlotte Johnson Johnston. He married Jean M. Bocher on May 24, 1941 in Chicago. She died May 7, 2006.

Surviving are his children, Darol “Skip” Johnston of Fairbury, Deborah Holderer of Mahomet, Randolph Johnston of Chicago, Steven (Debra) Johnston of Peoria, Michelle “Mickey” (Dennis) Hallstein of Minier, and Janine Johnston of Lakeland, FL; grandchildren, Tim Holderer, Lisa Ervin, Chip Holderer, Suzanne Johnston, Alyssa Washington, Brenna Piquard, Kelsey Johnston, Stacy Bolen, Thad Hallstein, and Brook Maffett; and, 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters; Phyllis Armfield, Bonnie Flessner, Betty Grosskreutz and brothers; Mitchell, Everett, and Marvin Johnston.

Dr. Johnston was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during WWII in the Pacific Theater. He was a past commander of the John Joda Post 154, American Legion and member of the VFW, Fairbury.

He graduated with a bachelor of science in 1940 from the University of Illinois. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1942 also from the University of Illinois.

He began his dental practice in Fairbury in 1946, retiring in 1990 at the age of 72. He was a member of the McLean County Dental Society and Past President of Livingston Count Board of Health.

Dr. Johnston was an active member of 1st Presbyterian Church in Fairbury where he was a trustee, deacon, elder and Sunday School teacher.

He was also member of the Fairbury Lions Club where is served two terms as president, the Fairbury Jaycees, and past board member of Dominy Library.

Dr. Johnston loved music and was an avid Cubs fan for over 90 years.

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