BLOOMINGTON — Dr. William Lee Johnston, 95, of Bloomington, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 19, 2017) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.
His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Calvary United Methodist Church, Normal, with the Rev. Randy Reese officiating. Private graveside service was at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, with military honors. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Calvary United Methodist Church, 1700 N. Towanda Ave., Normal, IL 61761.
William was born Feb. 3, 1922, in Clinton, the son of William Henry and Ora Lee Ford Johnston. He married Bette Jean Daily on Dec. 24, 1943.
Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Bette Johnston, Bloomington; son, William Grant (Debbie) Johnston, Schoolcraft, Mich.; grandson, William Douglas Johnston; granddaughter, Laura Ann (Greg) Hunt; great-grandson, Carter Hunt, all of Schoolcraft, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Mary Beth Johnston.
William graduated from Kenney Community High School in 1939; with a bachelor of science from Illinois State University in 1946; attended the Trinity College of Music, London, England, in 1946; earned a master of science in 1948, and an doctorate in education in 1966, both from the University of Illinois. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force – 759th AAF Band from March 3, 1943, to March 16, 1946, and served with the 9th Air Force in the European Theater for a period of 15 months.
His memberships include Music Educators National Conference, Illinois Music Education Association, National Council of State Supervisors of Music (chairman), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Society of Consumer Professionals in Business, Association for Consumer Research, National Coalition for Consumer Education, American Council on Consumer Interests, and several other music and consumer education associations. He was also a member of Phi Mu Alpha honorary music fraternity; Phi Beta Mu, honorary bandmasters fraternity; and the American School Band Directors Association.
He was a professional musician in Bloomington from 1940 to 1943, playing saxophone with the “Hank” Messer dance band and in the Bloomington Municipal Band. From 1948 to 1957, he was the director of instrumental and vocal music in Plainfield; assistant professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1957 to 1961; state supervisor of music education, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction with the State of Illinois from 1961 to 1971; director of curriculum services, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of Illinois, 1965 to 1971; director of consumer education, New Jersey State Department of Education 1971 to 1977; adjunct professor of curriculum and instruction, Rutgers University 1972 to 1976; professor of consumer studies, director of the Center for Consumer Services and director of the National Consumer Internship Program at Oklahoma State University 1977 to 1987; and professor emeritus of consumer studies since 1987.
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.