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Obituary ~ Milo Reno Johnston
March 26, 1931 ~ January 22, 2004

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, January, 2004

Milo Reno JOHNSTON, 72, of Leon, and son of Paul and Iva Ellen McLAIN JOHNSTON, was born March 26, 1931, in Ringgold County and died Jan. 22, 2004, following open heart surgery at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

He grew up and attended school in Malloy. He moved with his parents to Lucas County in 1950 and farmed with his folks. In 1962 they moved north of Decatur and in 1965 they moved to their farm north of Leon.

Mr. JOHNSTON farmed with his parents until his dad's death and then he and his mother took care of each other until her death.

He was a farmer all of his life and he loved it. He liked doing his own thing and made it on his own farming without any government assistance. At the time of his death, he still had cattle.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, swimming in the pond, chopping wood, and riding his Pug cargo ATV.

Mr. JOHNSTON enjoyed visiting with people of all ages and was well-liked.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Louise JOHNSTON as a small girl and Ruth BEAUCHAMP.

Mr. JOHNSTON is survived by his brother, Delano JOHNSTON and his wife, Leora JOHNSTON, of Chariton; a brother-in-law, Eldon BEAUCHAMP of Newton; five nieces and nephews, Cindy DANNELS of Newton, Randy JOHNSTON of Chariton, Rhonda JOHNSTON of Mount Ayr, Debra ROMERO of Osawatomie, Kan. and Daniel JOHNSTON of Melcher-Dallas; 11 great nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. JOHNSTON were Jan. 26 at Slade-O'Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Pastor Dennis St. LAWRENCE officiating. Pianist was Virginia WEBB. Vocalists, Marion and June THOMASSON sang Precious Memories and Living By Faith.

Casket bearers were Randy JOHNSTON, Dan JOHNSTON, Brad JOHNSTON, Kenny JOY, Brady HIXSON, Chris DANNELS and Brett DANNELS. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2013