Samuel Edwin Johnston (1911-1990)

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Samuel Edwin Johnston
Born: 4 Dec 1911 Readmond Twp., Michigan
Died: 28 Oct 1990 Petoskey, Michigan
Father: Robert Roy Johnston
Mother: Mary Elizabeth Sheffield
Siblings: Anna Johnston
Berta I. Johnston
Elmer Franklin Johnston
Robert Earl Johnston
Roy Melvin Johnston
Samuel Edwin Johnston
Irene E. Johnston
Edna May Johnston
Marvin J. Johnston
Spouse: Myrtle C. Kruzell
Married: 8 Jan 1934 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Children: Sharon K. Johnston
Myrna Johnston
Dixie Johnston
Samuel D. Johnston


Petoskey News-Review, Monday, October 29, 1990:

Samuel E. Johnston, 78

Samuel E. Johnston, 78, of Readmond Township, died Oct. 28, 1990, at Little Traverse Division, Northern Michigan Hospitals.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday Nov. 1 at the Stutzmanville Chapel. The Rev. Edward Warner will officiate and burial will be in Readmond Township Cemetery.

Mr. Johnston was born Dec. 4, 1911, in Readmond Township, the son of Robert and Mary (Sheffield) Johnston. He attended and graduated from Harbor Springs High School in 1930. He had worked as a carpenter for his brother in the Good Hart area for many years and had also farmed all of his life.

He married the former Myrtle Kruzell on Jan. 8, 1934, in Harbor Springs.

Mr. Johnston had worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Hodgkiss Co. and had also served as Readmond Township supervisor for many years. He was also township clerk and served on the board of review.

During World War II, he had been a shop instructor in the Civilian Conservation Cops (CCC) camps in Northern Michigan. He was also a member of the Harbor Springs Grange No. 730. He was a charter member of the Readmond-Friendship Firefighters and had donated the property for the fire hall.

He was an avid golfer and was also a square dance caller.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnston had spent the last eight winters in Lutz, Fla.

Mr. Johnston is survived by his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Ed (Sharon) Shepler-Slocum of Harbor Springs, Mrs. Pat (Myrna) Proctor of Harbor Springs and Mrs. Ron (Dixie) Ira of Harbor Springs; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Marvin Johnston of Harbor Springs; three sisters, Berta Mathews and Edna Swiss, both of Harbor Springs and Irene Hickman of Petoskey.

He was preceded in death by one son, Samuel and three brothers, Robert E., Elmer and Roy.

The family suggests memorials to the Readmond-Freindship Firefighters. The family will receive friends at the Johnston home, 8677 Robinson Rd., Harbor Springs, on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from noon-9 p.m.

Arrangements are being handled by the Schiller Funeral Chapel, Harbor Springs.


  • Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Marriages:
Johnston, Samuel & Kruzell, Myrtle
Date of Marriage: 1/8/1934
Liber: 5
Folio: 81
  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
Date of Death: 10/28/1990
Liber: 1990
Folio: 401
Place of Death: Petoskey
Johnston, Samuel Edwin
Age: 78
Born: 12/4/1911
Died: 10/28/1990
Burial: 0/0/0000
Cemetery: Readmond Twp., Harbor Springs
Obituary: on file : PNR 10/29/1990
Military: WW2 CCC
  • Photo: By Larry Filhard on Samuel's FindAGrave Memorial page