James Richard Johnston, age 89 of Livonia passed away on December 15, 2021.
James was born in Lincoln Park, Michigan to his parents, the late Myra (née Cushing) and Clyde Johnston. He is the beloved husband of Judith R. (née Woodside) Johnston; loving father of Zack (Katie) Johnston, Joseph Johnston, Jacob Johnston, Lynn, Jeff and Steve Johnston; dear brother of the late Robert Johnston, the late Dory Johnston and the late Betty Hendricks; dear grandfather of six.
Jim attended Lincoln Park High School from 1946 to1949 and played football. He went on to attend Michigan State Normal (now Eastern Michigan University) from 1950 to1954 where he continued his football career and actually held the record for longest interception return for a touchdown. The record has since been broken.
He was a member of the Y.M.C.A. for many years and swam daily at the Clark Park Downtown Y.M.C.A.
Jim worked for the City of Detroit from October 1955 until retirement on May 22, 1986. He was a Commercial Property Appraiser in the Finance Department. He also worked for Wayne County from January 1990 to June 2004.
Jim’s favorite saying – “If it makes more work for some else, don’t do it.”
Friends may visit the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 South Main Street, Plymouth on Sunday, December 19, 2021 from 2:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. A Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, December 20th at 11:00 A.M.
Those who wish to honor the memory of James Richard Johnston are invited to consider a contribution to Angela Hospice, 14100 Newburgh Road, Livonia, Michigan 48154 and Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church, 9601 Hubbard Street, Livonia, Michigan 48150.
Contribution envelopes will be available at the Funeral Home.