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John Johnston

Feb. 9, 1927-Nov. 22, 2012

November 27, 2012
Minot Daily News

John Elvin Johnston, 85, Minot, formerly of Columbus, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Manor Care Health Services in Minot.

John was born Feb. 9, 1927, in Portal, to John and Susan (Dewing) Johnston. He was reared on the family farm in Short Creek Township of Burke County, near Columbus, and graduated from Columbus High School in 1945. As a young adult he assisted his family with the operation of their farm.

John married Madonna Nygaard on Nov. 9, 1952, in Columbus. They made their home on the Johnston family farm and after retiring he farmed with his son from 1985 until 2008.

John was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbus, where he was active on the church council. He assisted in the construction of the Columbus Golf Course and Short Creek Dam and was a member of the Columbus Ambulance team and Eagles Aerie in Minot. He especially enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, golfing, bowling, woodworking, painting and piloting his Cessna single-engine plane.

John's loving family includes: his wife of 60 years, Madonna; children, Cynthia Rae, of Harvey, J. Craig Johnston, of Columbus, and Jeffrey (Lisa) Johnston, of Minot; five grandchildren, Nathan, Steven, Theresa, Josh and Travis; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

John was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Evelyn Johnston; and brothers, Chester, Leslie and Kenneth.

Celebration of the life of John Johnston: Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at 2 p.m. in Somerset Court Chapel, Minot.

Graveside service: Friday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. at Short Creek Cemetery, rural Columbus.

Book signing: Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 2 to 5 p.m., at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials: In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials are preferred to the Short Creek Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund or to an organization of the donor's choice.

Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (



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