2018-05-15 / Obituaries

David “Larry” Johnston

David “Larry” Johnston, 68, of Walton, passed away at home on Thursday, May 10, 2018, after a long battle with cancer.

Larry was born Sept. 14, 1949, in Gary, Ind., to the late David and Elphie Johnston. He was predeceased by his brother, Bruce, and sister, Betty.

He is survived by his wife Nicki, and daughters Ashton and Jordan; his sister Carol (Jerry) Godfrey of Simpsonville, S.C.; sisters-in-law Judy Bowker and Tina (Luke) Yetto; father-inlaw Ron Hulbert and motherin law Christine Storrer, all of Walton, and many nieces and nephews, fishing buddies and special friends.

In high school Larry excelled in football. He had an incredible voice which earned him a college scholarship.

He served in the National Guard, graduated from the University of Indiana and later earned a master’s in business.

He began his successful insurance career with Allstate Insurance, filling various positions for over a decade. Larry continued his great leadership style with MetLife Auto & Home. He earned countrywide respect as he worked his way up to become the assistant vice president. He had a unique ability to lead, mentor and connect with people and was responsible for many other people’s successes. He was an expert at bringing out the best in people.

Larry loved spending time with his family, mowing his lawn, gardening, hunting and a special love for fishing. He loved to tell jokes and had a flare for cooking and entertaining people. His hunting escapades were always on the list of “what not to do while hunting.” One buck-fever morning as he drove up his driveway he spotted a deer. He was so excited that he jumped from the vehicle without putting it in park. The door knocked him over and his car rolled over his shoulder. His words were “I just got run over by my own car!” The only thing hurt was his ego! Overall, he was much better with a gun or fishing pole than he was with a golf club in his hand!

He touched so many lives and always made sure everyone felt included. He will be dearly missed.

There will be a celebration of life in his honor on Monday, May 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the New Hope Community Church, 45 Stockton Avenue, Walton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Walton Fire Department, 61 West Street, Walton.

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