William “Bill” D. Johnston, 93, of Marinette, Wis., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, at Aurora Medical Center-Bay Area. He was born on May 26, 1927, to the late Charles and Lydia (Race-Olson) Johnston in L’Anse, Mich.
Bill served his country proudly during World War II in the Army. On June 26, 1948, Bill married Patricia Lysakowski at St. Anne’s Church; she preceded him in death on May 26, 2018. He worked at Menominee Paper for 20 years and founded Bill Johnston Trucking in 1965. He operated the trucking company until retiring in 1990. He was a member of Holy Family Parish, former member of the Knights of Columbus and the Papermakers Union. Bill enjoyed boating, cruises, working on his heavy equipment, camping and cutting grass.
Bill is survived by his children: Donna (Ernest) Pintarelli of Wausaukee, Wis., Sandy (Chris) Beyler of Porterfield, Wis., Bill (S.F. Sheila Hammak) Johnston of Monroe, Va., Cathy (Jeff) Kapla of Ann Arbor, Mich., Joseph A. (Connie) Johnston and Patti (Phil Johnson) Johnston both of Marinette; grandchildren: Benjamin, Jennifer (Steven), Joseph, Adam (Nancy), David (Sabrina), Chris, Luke (Mandy), Casey, Chelsey (Erik), James, and Michael; great-grandchildren: Justin, Brennen, Tenley, Sophia, Aria, Mary-Sue and Scout Susan; brother, Everette (Beverly) Johnston; and Elsie (Gordy) Frealick; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents and wife, Patricia, he was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Susan; grandson, Kenneth Flood Jr.; great grandson, Benjamin Hawes; five brothers: Henry, Charley, Jim, Edward and an infant; and sister, Hazel.
Visitation will be held at Thielen Funeral Home on Friday, Nov. 6, from noon until time of Military Honors at 1 p.m. Masks are required.
Burial will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens.
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