Joseph Johnston
1946 - 2021
1616 Poyntz Avenue
Manhattan, KS
Joseph Neil Johnston, age 74, of St. George, died suddenly February 1, 2021, at his residence.

He was born December 19, 1946, in Wayne, Nebraska, the son of Roy Lee and Ivy Irene (Horrell) Johnston. Joe graduated from Eudora High School in 1965.

He was married to Patricia Jolene Neis on August 30, 1966, in St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Eudora, KS.

Joe served for 12 years in the United States Air Force as a Crew Chief. He served in Vietnam in 1972-1973. He also was in the National Guard as a Mess Sergeant for. He served as a Deputy Sheriff in Douglas County, Kansas, for 20 years. Following Joe's retirement, they moved to Davenport, NE, and then to St. George, KS, in 2011.

Joe was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles Lodge, Kaw Valley Muzzle Loaders Association, and the National Rifle Association.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, woodworking, gardening and just started bee keeping.

Survivors include his wife Patricia of the home; two daughters: Ginny Gillmore and her husband Todd of St. George, KS, and Amy Reed and her husband Michael of Burr Oak, KS; three sisters: Diana Galloway of Mountain View, AR, Donna Willoughby of Conway, AR, and Roiann Hudspeth of Onia, AK; five grandchildren: Jesse Taylor (Susan), Ryan Hinds (Amanda), Trevor Hinds, Sara Hinds and Jeryn Gillmore; and two great-grandchildren: Jovie Taylor and Willard Hines; and he was looking forward to his three great-granddaughter that is expected soon.

Cremation is planned. Family and friends may stop by the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home from 1:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 10th to pay their respects. Graveside services will be held at a later date in Eudora, KS, when it is safe for everyone to attend.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Diabetes Association or the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502
Published by Lawrence Journal-World on Feb. 4, 2021.
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Pat, Ginny and Amy and all your loving family,
Tim and I were so deeply saddened to hear of Joe's passing. What a kind, loving and funny man! Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the coming days. Love, Tim and Sandy
Sandy Herd
February 5, 2021
Tim and Sandy
February 5, 2021
Dear Pat and family. So sorry to read about Joe’s passing. My condolences to you all at this difficult time.
Bill Staples
February 5, 2021
I’m so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy and thoughts during this difficult time.
Debra Taylor
February 4, 2021
Dear Amy and family, I always enjoyed when your Dad came to the cafe here in Burr Oak and he always made sure to come to the kitchen to tell me how good the food was before he left. Hugs and prayers to you all.
Renita Volker
February 4, 2021
I was very sorry to see that Joe had passed on. My thoughts and prayers are with his Wife, Children , Grand children and Sisters.
Alan Fisher
February 4, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Claudia Dean Oglesby
February 4, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. You will have wonderful memories of Joe to reflect on. God bless you all.
Bud and Mary Jo Hadl
February 4, 2021
Sister Patty, Ginny, Amy and family: We are so sad to learn of Joe's passing. Joe was a genuine down to earth kind hearted loveable man. We will miss him giving us tours of his workshop with his latest woodworking projects, his garden, riding the neighborhood on his ATV and his tasty cooking with peanut butter snacks always on the counter during our visits. We enjoyed traveling with Joe and you. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Love Mike and Marsue Neis Frame
Mike and Marsue Frame
February 4, 2021
Pat and family, so sorry to hear of your great loss. May your memories sustain you and your love see you through this difficult time.
Lesa Weller
February 4, 2021
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