FAIRBURY — Darol H. Johnston, DDS, 101, of Fairbury, passed away at 8:42 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 8, 2019) at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, Fairbury. Pastor Dan Robertson will be officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Fairbury, or Southeastern Livingston County Ambulance Association. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Feb. 11, 1918, in Piper City, the son of Ollie and Charlotte Johnson Johnston. He married Jean M. Bocher on May 24, 1941, in Chicago. She died May 7, 2006.
Surviving are his children, Darol “Skip” Johnston of Fairbury, Deborah Holderer of Mahomet, Randolph Johnston of Chicago, Steven (Debra) Johnston of Peoria, Michelle “Mickey” (Dennis) Hallstein of Minier, and Janine Johnston of Lakeland, Fla.; grandchildren, Tim Holderer, Lisa Ervin, Chip Holderer, Suzanne Johnston, Alyssa Washington, Brenna Piquard, Kelsey Johnston, Stacy Bolen, Thad Hallstein, and Brook Maffett; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Phyllis Armfield, Bonnie Flessner, Betty Grosskreutz; and brothers, Mitchell, Everett, and Marvin Johnston.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was a past commander of the John Joda Post 154, American Legion, and member of the VFW, Fairbury.
He graduated with a bachelor of science in 1940 from the University of Illinois. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1942, also from the University of Illinois. He began his dental practice in Fairbury in 1946, retiring in 1990 at the age of 72.
He was a member of the McLean County Dental Society and past president of Livingston County Board of Health.
He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Fairbury, where he was a trustee, deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher. He was also member of the Fairbury Lions Club, where he served two terms as president; the Fairbury Jaycees; and past board member of Dominy Library, Fairbury.
He loved music and was an avid Cubs fan for over 90 years.
A registry is available at www.duffy-pilsmemorialhome.com.