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“My deepest condolences. I worked with Wendell for several years in the mines. A very good man to work with. Will keep fond memories of him. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: JD Mullins - Albany, OH

“Great friends when we were in High School. ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Sharon &Tim Gillis - Wellston, OH

“Wendell was indeed one of a kind. I adored his sense of humor. I admired his faithfulness. I loved his sense of duty. I am grateful that he put his...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Barbara Summers Summers - Jackson, OH

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bob and the entire family. Wendell was a true blessing to our lives.John and J.C. ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: J Spearry - Cleveland, OH

“Kit, we're so sorry for your loss. You're in our thoughts and prayers ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Ed snd Linda Maerker - Hamden, OH

“Sorry to hear of Wendell's passing. He was a real character. A real philosopher. I liked him.Jim Tompkins ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Jim Tompkins - Athens, OH


Wendell Lewis Johnston, age 78, of Jackson, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Four Winds Community. He was born August 19, 1939 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Joseph Lewis Johnston and Gladys L. (Bocook) Johnston.

Wendell was a 1957 graduate of Wellston High School. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He retired from American Electric Power, the Coal Mining Division. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Wendell had many gifts from God and he used them to help all. His gift for solving problems he used to improve the work environment for his employer and fellow miners; his gift for woodworking to beautify the church with handmade alter candle sticks and bigger than life rosaries; and for the community he used his creativity to make Jackson Apple Water Tower clocks and donated them to the Southern Ohio Arts Council. Wendell will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his wife of twenty-eight years, Connie Walker Johnston; son, Robert "Bob" (Jackie) Johnston of Wellston; daughter, Lisa (Chris) Jackson of Wewako, Oklahoma; stepdaughter, Kimberley (Randey) Smith of Huntington Beach, California; stepson, Steven Walker of Jackson; along with grandchildren, Steven (Courtney) Johnston, Jennifer (Jeremy) Faulkner, Adam Johnston, Roger Dean, April Dean, Alicia Walker, Tara Fenwick, and Nicklaus Smith; one brother, Joseph "Joe" (Sue) Johnston of Dayton, Ohio; sisters, Lelia "Kit" (Jim) Beckner of Hamden and Lorene (Keith) Woolum of Wellston; sister-in-law, Cindy Anderson, along with ten great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Wendell is preceded in death by one brother, Charles William Johnston and an infant son.

A special thanks to Father Donald Maroon for his spiritual attention to Wendell these last few months and to special longtime friend and doctor, Douglas Jones, for his beyond the call of duty care.

In lieu of flowers and condolences, the family asks that you give your loved ones a hug and tell them how much you love them.

Wendell will be cremated with burial to follow in Wellston Ridgewood Cemetery.

A memorial mass will be scheduled at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home and Southern Ohio Cremation Services in Jackson.

Funeral Home
Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home
135 Broadway Street Jackson, OH 45640
Tel. (740) 286-4161

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