Richard Alan Johnston

BEAVER, Pa. — Richard Alan Johnston entered the house of the Lord on September 22, 2021 at Heritage Valley Hospital in Beaver, Pa.

Rich was born January 5, 1947 at East Liverpool City Hospital, the son of the late William G. and Mary A. (Adams) Johnston.

He was a 1964 graduate of Wellsville High School. In 1966 he graduated from the Salem School of Technology where he studied Mechanical Engineering. His first employment at age 19 was with Chase Brass & Copper in Waterbury, Connecticut. He was later transferred to a company subdivision called Cleveland Refractory Metals in Solon, Ohio. Seven years later he accepted employment with TRW in Minerva, Ohio. Later he worked for Colt Industries in the maintenance and brick departments. After 28 years Rich took early retirement in 2004 under Allegheny Ludlum in Midland, Pa.

Rich was dedicated to his wife, his kids and his grandkids. Besides his devotion to his family, he had a passion for sports, music, old cars and vacations. He played baseball and softball for 39 years and was inducted into the East Liverpool Men’s Christian Softball Hall of Fame. He loved Ohio State Buckeyes and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After retirement he joined the Wellsville Alumni Lip Sync All Stars group where for 11 years he performed such acts as the Big Bopper, Elton John, Elvis and the Blues Brothers. Rich and his son, Will participated in many local parades with his beloved Bluesmobile replica dressed as Jake and Elwood Blues. Their main event was the Pro Football Hall of Fame parade in Canton, Ohio which they did for 10 years.

Rich developed an interest in old cars early in life. At age 12 he bought his first car with his paper route money, a 1940 Hudson for $50. With guidance from his father he worked on it 4 years and drove it to high school. He was also a member of the Ohio Valley MOPAR Club.

Rich was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where he coached youth basketball at the YMCA Church League, served as a council member and past council president. He dearly loved his church family.

He is survived by his loving wife Linda (Madish) Johnston whom he married June 15, 1968; a son, William (Amy) Johnston of Columbiana; daughter Tracy (Jason) Deets of Novelty, Ohio and daughter Trisha (Mark) Addy of South Lyon, Michigan; nine grandchildren, Brandon, Jordan, Alaina and Landon Johnston of Columbiana; Dakota, Taylor and Allison Deets of Novelty, Ohio and Olivia and Kate Addy of South Lyon, Michigan. He called each of his three children and his nine grandchildren his “favorite”. He is also survived by his siblings David (Donna) Johnston of Lexington, S.C.; Susan (Jerry) Carroll of Leetonia; brother-in-law David Madish of East Liverpool; sister-in-law Patricia Madish of East Liverpool and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit at the Dawson Funeral Home on Thursday where the family will be present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Rev. Eric Edwards of St. John Lutheran Church will conduct a service at St. John Lutheran Church on Friday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church in East Liverpool, Ohio. The family would like to thank the “angels” at Heritage Valley Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospice of Beaver for their compassionate care of Rich and his family at such a difficult time.

View Richard’s memorial webpage and express condolences online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com