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Obituary ~ Robert Johnston
January 08, 1844 ~ August 01, 1921

The Lamoni Chronicle
Lamoni, Decatur County, Iowa

Tragic Death of Robert Johnston

The people of this vicinity were shocked Monday afternoon by the news of the sudden and tragic death of Robert Johnston. Wm. Johnson (sic) aided by John Wadley was shingling the house next to Mr. Johnstonís on the west which was recently purchased by his father-in-law, J. L. Bouton. Seeing that a storm was nearing he secured the services of Mr. Johnston to help finish the job before it struck them. He and Mr. Wadley were working near the top of the roof and when the strong wind which preceded the rain struck them he fell to the ground striking in such a way as to break his neck, causing death instantly. V.C. Bailey who was living in house assisted the other men to carry him to his home and aid was summoned but he did not move after the fall.


Robert, son of Robert and Martha Johnston, was born January 8, 1844, near Toronto, Ontario, Canada, passed away at Lamoni, Iowa, August 1, 1921, he being at the time of his death aged 77 years 6 months and 22 days.

In the year 1855, he moved with his parents to Mooretown, Lambkin County, Ontario, where he resided until about 1872, at which time he moved to Harrison County, Missouri. Here he remained until 1899, when he moved to Lamoni, making this town his home until the time of his death.

On December 12, 1871, he became a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and retained his membership with this organization during the remainder of his life.

In 1872 he was united in marriage to Margaret Smith. To this union eight children were born: Addie, now deceased; William, of Lamoni, Iowa; Edith Sandage of Holden, Missouri; Fred, of Lamoni; Eva May Sandage, of Big Timber, Montana; Harry, now deceased; Bertha Weir, of Oklahoma; and Ethel Ryan, of Yuma, Arizona. He has been preceded in death by the two children named above and his companion who passed away June 10, 1905.

Mr. Johnston was a good neighbor and kind friend, patient and true in times of need.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon, Columbus Scott in charge, C. E. Wight preaching the sermon. [Interment was made at Rose Hill Cemetery, Lamoni, Iowa.]

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2015