Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Obituary - Kenneth Johnston

Kenneth Johnston, age 93, of Clinton, Missouri passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Appleton City Manor in Appleton City, Missouri. A viewing will be held from 6:00-8:00PM Thursday, July 21, 2022 at the Vansant-Mills Chapel in Clinton, Missouri. 

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 22, 2022 also at the Chapel. Burial to follow in Englewood Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Shriners Hospital or St. Jude's and can be left in care of the funeral home.

Kenneth Johnston was born on December 10, 1928 in Ligonier, Pennsylvania to Edward and Elenor (Nicely) Johnston.

Ken married Betty Frey on September 11, 1948 and moved to Pennsylvania. He did heavy hauling for four years and then purchased his own truck “Money Maker NO. 1” in 1952. Which he hauled cheese and glass. Clearfield Cheese hired him in 1957 as a salesman. In 1961 he took over the Clearfield Transportation.

He was made Senior Vice President of Operations and President of Transportation for Clinton, Missouri, Logan, Utah and Curwensville, PA and multiple Raw Cheese Plants, and Transportation Manager for the Orange Juice Plant in Dunedin, Florida in 1983. For over 25 years he was a Director for the National Cheese Institute.

Ken joined the Commandry in St. Cloud, Minnesota in 1961, Commander of the Nazarene Commandry. In 1967 joined Saffa Shriners in Altona, PA. In 1986 joined Royal order of Jesters.

Ken started his Masonic journey in 1958 when he joined DeMolay. All his uncles were Masons and very active in their lodges. He took his third degree in 1957 and reopened the Alexander, Minnesota chapter in 1959 was honored as most outstanding Royal Arch Mason in Minnesota.

In 2007 Brother Ken Hawkins presented him with his 50yr pin with the Clinton Masons Lodge No 548. He was elected Junior Warden in 2012, elected Master in 2013, and in 2017 received achievement award from Grand Lodge, and in 2017 received his 60 year pin.

Ken was very active in Rotary and had perfect attendance for many years. He loved performing in the Rotary Ministry every year. After moving to Clinton in 1961 he took flying lessons to become a private pilot, earned his private license, multi engine rating and IFR Rating, he owned five different planes and flew over 100,000 hours. He flew to Alaska six times and the Bahamas twice. He met his goal of flying until he was eighty.

Ken enjoyed hunting and fishing. He flew to Alaska several times and his last flight was 1992. When he flew Betty and Norie to Alaska it was a wonderful experience.

He had a wonderful sense of humor, always had a joke to tell, followed by his distinctive laugh.

Survivors include his daughter Eleanor “Norie” Cox of Clinton, Missouri, fiancé, Sandra Weber of Curwensville, PA, grandchildren Matthew (Stephanie) Cox of Joplin, Missouri, Jennifer (Jon) Sewell, two great grandchildren, Barrett and Hayden.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home in Clinton, Missouri.

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