Walter C. Johnston

December 16, 1922July 17, 2013

Walter C. Johnston, 90, of Clearfield most recently of Bedford passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Bedford Colonial Courtyard.

He was born on December 16, 1922 in Clearfield, the son of Walter William and Dorothy Pauline (Cushard) Johnston.

Walter graduated in June 1955 from the Pennsylvania State University, College of Agriculture with degree of Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, in June of 1959 from the Pennsylvania State University, College of Agriculture with teacher Certificate in Agriculture Education and Biological Science and in March of 1962 from the Pennsylvania State University, College of Education with a Masters degree in Counseling in Education.

Over his lifetime Walter had been employed as a Baker Apprentice at the Johnston’s Bakery, the Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters as a Nurseryman, was an Owner-Manager –Landscape Horticulturist, Susquehanna Pheasantry, Wallaceton, PA., Poultry Farmer and the Clearfield Area Senior High School as a Vocational Agriculture and Biology Instructor and Boys Guidance Counselor, retiring in 1984.

He was a United States Navy veteran having served during World War II in the Europe, Africa and Asia Theaters as a Seaman Gunner.

He was a member of National Wildlife Federation, Phi Alpha XT Honorary Floriculture Fraternity, Alpha Tau Alpha Honorary Agriculture Education Fraternity, Iota Alpha Delta honorary Counseling in Education Fraternity, Clearfield American Legion, Clearfield Volunteer Fire Department, West Side United Methodist Church of Clearfield, Clearfield Band, National Education Association, Clearfield Lodge #314 F. &A.M., Clearfield High School Alumni Association, Inc., Pennsylvania State Education Association, Clearfield School Counselors Association, Clearfield County Historical Society, Local #624 A.F. of Musicians, Clearfield Bradford Grange and the Clearfield Local P.S.E.A.

He is survived by his wife, Delma Kathleen (Thompson) Johnston, of Clearfield who he married October 14, 1942, a daughter, Patricia Lee Gorton, of Clearfield, a granddaughter, Chandra Dawnell Gorton and her fiancé, Bill Carbaugh of Clearfield, a great granddaughter, Charlee Ashlan Carbough and a sister, Patricia Lee Lavchuck, State College, PA and numerous nieces and nephews.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, William E. Johnston and a son-in-law Rev. Rodger J. Gorton.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 22, 2013 at the Bennett and Houser Funeral Home, Inc., Clearfield, at 2:00P.M. with Rev. Dr. Joleen A. Willis officiating. Interment will be in the Crown Crest Memorial Park, Hyde.

Friends will be received at the funeral home on Monday, July 22nd from 1:00 P.M. until the hour of the services. Military Honors will be accorded at the funeral home by the American Legion Post #6 and the VFW Post #1785 Honor Guard.

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July 30, 2013

Walter's passion for agriculture and education throughout his life are greatly appreciated and he is remembered fondly by many. Thoughts and prayers to his loved ones during this time. -Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators (PAAE)

David Bailey

July 24, 2013

I enjoyed working with Walter in Clearfield Area Schools and would visit from time to time at Colonial Courtyard when I was passing through Clearfield. I am away at a conference and am sorry that I will miss the funeral. Condolences, David Bailey

Don Gulich

July 22, 2013

Don Gulich

July 20, 2013

Walt was a great guy and his quick wit would keep you smiling. He was my dad's best friend as they grew up together in Clearfield. Walt wanted me to take him to see my dad's grave this summer but we never made it. You are missed Walt.