|Birth: ||Oct. 2, 1926|
|Death: ||Sep. 4, 2012|
"Col. Verle Lafayette Johnston Sr."
"Col Verle Lafayette Johnston, Sr. Col Verle Lafayette Johnston, Sr., USAF (Ret), 85, of Goode, died Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at his residence. He was born October 2, 1926 in Altoona, IA, a son of the late Verna Blanche Watson Johnston and Joseph Trader Johnston.
Verle attended Iowa State College and enlisted in the US Army in December 1943. He attended USMA Preparatory School from 1946-1947, competing for appointment to West Point. He entered West Point in July 1947 and graduated seventh in the Class of 1951. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in USAF in 1951. Verle served in the Korean War at K-9 near Pusan; flew 23 combat missions in the A-26 Dougla bomber mostly at night and mostly single aircraft missions.
Verle retired from the USAF in August 1975 and moved to Bedford County where he led Bedford County Tax payers League for two years. He was elected to the Board of Supervisors, District 7 in 1979. He was also appointed to the Bedford County Electoral Board in 1994 and served six years as Secretary.
In addition to his parents, Verle was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Joan Callan Johnston and a daughter, Nancy Amos. He is survived by four children, Major General Verle David of Red Lion, PA, Jamie Susan Woessner and her husband, Stephan of Satellite Beach, FL and Jean Marie Johnston of Lynchburg; ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to The Patrick Henry Memorial Fundation, 1250 Red Hill Rd., Brookneal, VA 24528 or Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, 1307 Oakwood St. Bedford, VA 24523. A celebration of Verle's life will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Tharp Funeral Chapel with Deacon Raymond Roderique officiating. Burial will follow in Virginia Memorial Park with military honors given by the National Guard. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM, Friday, September 7, 2012 at Tharp Funeral Home. To send condolences, please visit www.tharpfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, (540) 586-3443."
Joseph Trader Johnston (1898 - 1977)
Verna Blanche Watson Johnston (1897 - 2000)
Mary Joan Callan Johnston (1929 - 2007)
Marjorie Frances Johnston Wozniak (1924 - 2001)*
Verle Lafayette Johnston (1926 - 2012)
Wayne Elton Johnston (1928 - 2011)*
Phyllis Juanita Johnston Johnson (1930 - 2011)*
Virginia Memorial Park
Created by: Burt
Record added: Dec 08, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23294282
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