J. Dale Johnston
J. Dale Johnston, 89, Ainsworth, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the M.L. McCreedy Home after a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the Fern Cliff Evangelical Free Church with the Rev. Bob Spilger officiating. Visitation will begin noon Friday at the Jones & Eden Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Burial will take place at the Fern Cliff Cemetery in rural Wayland. Memorials have been established for Fern Cliff Evangelical Free Church or to a general memorial. Online condolences may be sent through the web at www.jonesfh.com
He was born May 19, 1924, in Lone Tree, and was the son of Holly E. and Wilma (Smid) Johnston. He started school in Wyoming. After moving back to Iowa, he attended Havre Country School and graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1942. He enlisted in the United States Navy following high school. He served as a radioman second class during World War II on the Minesweeper U.S.S. Salute in the South Pacific. He was injured during his service and received a Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946.
He married Ruth Schantz on May 16, 1948. The couple lived in Ankeny for a short time where he worked for Dairy Genetics. Later, they resided south of Ainsworth, where he farmed until his retirement.
He was a charter member of Fern Cliff Evangelical Free Church. He belonged to the Farm Bureau and was a member of the Crawfordsville American Legion Schantz-Mitchell Post. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association, and the Navy Minesweeper Association.
He is survived by his wife of Ainsworth; three daughters, Jane Johnston of Ainsworth, Janice (Don) Johnston-Jones of Mt. Pleasant, and Laura (Larry) Mincer of Columbus Junction; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Kenneth Johnston; and one sister, Betty Eichelberger.