Raymond E. Johnston, 99, of Grangeville, died Tuesday December 16, 2014 at Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville with his loving family by his side.
He was born June 17, 1915 at the family home on the ranch west of Grangeville, to W. Evert and Ethel DeArmond Johnston. He was the fourth of five children. He graduated from Grangeville High School in 1933. He was the last surviving member of his graduating class. After graduation, Raymond attended school one additional year driving the horse and buggy so his younger sister, Rosebud, could attend high school.
After graduation, he bought the first of many parcels of farm ground, and he continued to farm his entire life. Through the years he added an extensive cattle operation and purchased the Bear Trap Ranch west of Elk City for summer pasture. The ranch also became a favorite destination for family gatherings and camping. One of the main joys in his life was old time dancing, especially the waltz. He also enjoyed hunting, 4-wheeler riding, fishing, caring for his cattle, and spending time with family.
Raymond met Winifred K. Nuxoll at a wedding dance in Cottonwood in 1952, and they were married at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Greencreek on June 29, 1955. To this union were born six children.
Surviving Raymond are his wife, Winifred at the family home in Grangeville; Judy Elliot (Bill Stone) of Grangeville; Joanne (Melvin) Teats of Kooskia; Donna (Mike) Deal of Pomeroy, WA; Jerry (Peg Gehring) Johnston of Grangeville; Janet O’Brien of Aberdeen, ID; John (Candace) Johnston of Grangeville; 18 grandchildren: Jeff & Chris Elliot; Alan, Aaron, Kristi (Rallu), Nathan, Kevin & Kara Teats; Brenda (Bye) & Brian Deal; Maria, Daniel & Eric Johnston; Russell, Kylie (Ropp), Autumn & Klae O’Brien; and Megan Johnston; 8 great-grandchildren with 2 more due early this coming year, and his faithful canine companion, Penny.
Preceding Raymond in death were his parents, brothers Harold (Pearl), Marion( Zelma), sister Rosebud (Cliff) Barnett, a brother John Dea who passed away at age 4, and son-in-law and fishing buddy George Elliot.
Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19 at Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville, with the service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Grangeville. Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Sts. Peter & Paul School. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.