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Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson Chapel

407 Jerry Street, Castle Rock, CO

OBITUARY

Thomas William Johnston

October 30, 1927July 7, 2020

THOMAS WILLIAM “TOM” JOHNSTON (MAJOR, U.S. AIR FORCE) (30 October 1927 – 7 July 2020) Tom Johnston was born in Castle Rock to Ross and Ema Watts Johnston and grew up on the family farm near Palmer Lake. He graduated from Douglas County High School where he was a proud member of the 1943 state championship basketball team. After attending Colorado A&M College (now Colorado State University), Tom enlisted in the Army Air Corps and then completed the second Officer’s Training Course conducted by the newly formed US. Air Force. He specialized in aircraft ordinance and maintenance in a 20 year career that included tours in Alaska and Japan. Tom lived for 47 years in Littleton and Grand Lake while he pursued various occupations and then spent his last years in Castle Rock. He was preceded in death by his cherished wife of 71 years, Mary Lee Rainey Johnston; parents; brother, Wilbert; sister, Marjorie McWilliams; and son Ron (Colonel, USAF). Tom is survived by his son, Dan (Colonel, U.S. Army); daughter Karen; son, Gary; eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Tom and Mary Lee will be interred in a private ceremony at Fort Logan National Cemetery later this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name to New Hope Presbyterian Church in Castle Rock are encouraged.

Services

26 August

Cemetery Committal Service with Military Honors

Fort Logan National Cemetery


Denver, Colorado

Private Family Ceremony

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Steve Young

July 13, 2020

The Buckley AFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our condolences and our gratitude for Maj Johnston's service to our country in the Air Force. If you would like help with matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), etc you can contact our office on Buckley AFB at 720-847-6693. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Steve Young
Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Director, Buckley AFB RAO

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