Stanley M. Johnston

Stanley M. Johnston

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Death 4 Jul 1949 (aged 23)
Burial Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 40840550 · View Source
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The life of one of Ritzville's most widely-known young men, 23-year-old Stanley Merel Johston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Johnston was snapped short the Fourth of July when an open convertible left the road near South Bend. Wash., and Johnston was killed instantly. An engineering student at the University of Washington, Johnston and two classmates were spending the summer together at South Bend. They were returning to town when the tragedy occured. According to reports received here, the car failed to make a curve on a downgrand and left the road, overtuning and spilling out all three occupants. Josnston was killed. The other passenger was seriously injured, although he isw recovering, and the driver had only minor injuries. Both of Johnston's companions were fellow students at the university, which Johnston entered in 1947. The trio was spending summer peeling cascara bark from trees in the South Bend area. The bark is sold to wholesale drug firms which use it in making medicines.

The remains were retured to Ritzville Tuesday evening and funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Methodist church with the Rev. Clifford Knighr officiating. Interment will be in Ritzville Memorial cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bill Eckhardt, Harvey Burghard, Walter Sauer, Lynn Langenheder, Harold Bauer, Jr., and Tommie Johnson.

Johnston was a lifelong resident of Ritzville and graduated from high school here and after service in the army returned to this city for a year before entering college. He was a widely-known athlete in high school and later played for the town basketball team. He was a member of the C. J. Newland American Legion Post.

Survivors include his parents; three sisters, Mrs. Glen Kubik and Helen and Gladys, and a brother, Wallace, all of Ritzville; the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Johnston of Ritzville and the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Grace Witt of Spokane.

Ritzville Journal Times July 7, 1949 Sue Gardner & gapwork90


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  • Created by: Scott Bolliger
  • Added: 18 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40840550
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Stanley M. Johnston (13 Oct 1925–4 Jul 1949), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40840550, citing Ritzville Memorial Cemetery, Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Scott Bolliger (contributor 49600767) .