Glenn Johnston is buried in a lot carved by the Salem Church trustees
from northeast corner of the original churchyard with his wife, Jae Helen,
daughter, Justine, and daughter-in-law, Laura. The Johnston lot is
immediately east of the west boundary of the original cemetery, and
now that the Salem congregation has been dissolved and the church
demolished, it has been incorporated into the cemetery proper,
administered by Benton Township trustees.
"Glenn Robert Johnston, son of Frank and Laura Johnston, was born
January 29, 1914, in Benton Township, Lucas County. He departed
this life at the Lucas County Health Center, January 1 (1991), at the
age of 76 years.
"Glenn graduated from Russell High School in 1931. After attending
Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls one term, he taught
Franklin school two years but preferred farming.
"On June 4, 1938, he was married to Jae Helen Shirer who preceded
him in death June 3, 1974. Two children were born to this union,
Justine Ann Gillette of Corydon and John Rendell of Mt. Pleasant. He
spent most of his life farming on the family farm near Russell. He was active
with his family in Church, 4-H Club work, Farm Bureau, and other
"On July 20, 1975, he married Dortha Sandahl. They have lived in
Chariton since retiring from the farm.
"Glenn accepted Christ as his Saviour at an early age. He was a
member of the Salem Community Church and served as Sunday
School Supt. until the church closed. Since then he has faithfully
attended the Chariton Bible Church when health permitted.
"He is survived by his wife Dortha, daughter Justine, son Rendell
and wife Laura, three grandsons, a granddaughter, a great-
granddaughter, also a step grandson and granddaughter, one
nephew, four nieces and other relatives and friends.
"His parents, his wife, Jae, three sisters, Nora Brewer, Mildred
Sneddecker, Alta Threlkeld, and a brother Harry preceded him
"Glenn was patient and never complained during his long illness,
but prayed that the Lord's will be done.
"Jesus knows our sorrows,
Knows them every one,
And He will deliver
When God's will is done."
"Glenn will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved
"Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 4, at
the Fielding Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Walters officiating.
Serving as bearers were Dan Wiley, Tony Marts, Lloyd LaRue,
Judge Johnston, Charles Harding and Marvin Pierschbacher.
"Interment was in the Salem Cemetery."
The Chariton Herald-Patriot, 10 January 1991