October 8, 1933 – November 28, 2018
A lifelong resident of the Liberal/Stettler area, Robert (Bob) Don Johnstone passed away at the Centennial Centre in Ponoka on November 28, 2018 at the age of 85.
Bob was born to Frank and Nettie Johnstone on October 8, 1933 in Stettler. He attended the Liberal and Vimy Ridge Schools and lived and worked on the family farm. Following the death of his mother he continued to live and work on the farm along with older brother Clifford (Tip) and continued after Tip’s death.
Bob is remembered for his love of storytelling, his enjoyment in working with horses and cattle on the farm, and in playing and watching baseball. He took great joy in his large extended family, frequently hosting family gatherings, reunions, snowmobile parties and Christmas celebrations. He especially enjoyed spending time with children and would make a point of talking to them, finding toys for them to play with and making them feel welcome.
Bob is survived by sister Vera West of Anchorage, Alaska, brother Glen of Calgary, special friend Marelyn Goldthorpe and her family, sisters-in-law Fay Johnstone of Red Deer and Nayda Johnstone of Castlegar, BC, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews who all held a special place in his heart. Bob was predeceased by his parents Frank and Nettie Johnstone, sisters Mabel (Ernest) Lagore and Meryle (Julian) Chinn, brothers Lloyd (Maxine), Tip, Gerald, Arnold, Willard (Joann), and sisters-in-law Josephine Johnstone, Marion Johnstone and Lorraine Chinn.
Special thanks to caregiver Carla White for her assistance to Bob and to Bob’s family and friends for their support in his final years. Thanks to Brenda McGillis and the wonderful staff at Apollo House, Centennial Centre for their care, compassion and dedication.
Funeral services will be held at Stettler Funeral Home on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM, followed by a luncheon and interment at Liberal Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Liberal Cemetery or a charity of your choice, c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, Box 1780, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0 who have been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements .
Condolences may be forwarded to the family by signing the guestbook at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.
Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium
403-742-3422, entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.