Jack Johnston was born March 24, 1937, at Glenburn, to Andrew and Alice (Cooper) Johnston. He died at the age of 75 on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at a Bismarck hospital.
Jack was raised at Glenburn and graduated from Glenburn High School with the class of 1955. He married Suellen O’Connell in 1962. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on July 1, 2012.
Jack attended Minot State prior to serving his country in the Army. He owned Johnston’s Jack & Jill in Glenburn before joining Coca-Cola Bottling in Minot, where he was affectionately known by many as “Coca-Cola Jack.” Following a career with Coke, he became a greeter at Walmart, where he took great joy in welcoming customers, especially the children. An avid sports fan, Jack was partial to purple and gold. His teams were the Glenburn Panthers, L.A. Lakers and Minnesota Vikings.
He is survived by: his wife of 50 years, Bismarck; daughter, Jill (Glen) Stevens, Fargo; son, Mark (Margaret) Johnston, New Salem; grandchildren, Rachel, Luke, Anna, Adam, Joshua and Jacob; mother-in-law, Vivian O’Connell; brothers and sisters-in-law, Judy Johnston (Dean) Lonning, Dan (Avis) O’Connell; Ken (Kathy) O’Connell; Kathy (Mike) O’Keeffe; Colleen Sand; Pat (Rick) Rasnick; Joni (Nick) Kleven; and Jim (LaVonne) O’Connell; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Del and Edo; father-in-law, Arthur O’Connell; sisters-in-law, Opal Johnston and Ora Thompson; brother-in-law, Randy Sand; niece, Rebecca (Sand) Wilson; and nephew, Scott Johnston.
Memorial service: 11 a.m., Friday, May 31, 2013, at Bismarck Baptist Church, 2211 LaForest Avenue, Bismarck, with lunch following at the church. A private interment has already been held at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan.
Memorials: Are requested to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or an organization of the donor’s choice.