Arnold “Arnie” D. Johnston

June 06, 1936 ‒ December 20, 2015

Delaware, Ohio

Arnold “Arnie” D. Johnston, 79, of Delaware, passed away at Grady Memorial Hospital on Sunday, December 20, 2015.

He was born in West Liberty, Kentucky on June 6, 1936, the son of the late Harlan John Johnston and Gladys Marie (Litteral) Johnston.

Arnie grew up in Marion, Ohio and joined the United States Army in 1952. He was stationed in the United States and Germany. Arnie worked for Tecumseh Products in Marion, and served as Union Chairman for UAW Local 750. Arnie loved horses and his passion for harness racing began over 40 years ago. He was an owner, trainer, and driver; and a member of the USTA and OHHA.

Arnie is survived by his wife Carol (Noggle) Johnston; four sons, John and Alan Johnston, and Don and Gary Campbell; three daughters, Cathy Thacker, Laura Searway, and Sarah Campbell; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; two brothers, Sonny and Harry Johnston; one sister, Cletus “Dood” Miller; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Arnie is preceded in death by one son, Dean “Penrod” Johnston; and one sister Helen Draper.

A celebration of life will be held at the Log Cabin at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Delaware County Humane Society, 4920 St. Ohio 37, Delaware, OH 43015 or American Lung Association, 5900 Wilcox Place, Dublin, Ohio 43016.

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  • We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Arnie, he was a fellow co-worker, friend and harness horsemen of many long years. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family at this time in hopes that God will keep them in his love and mercy. Arnie will be missed by so many too numerous to count as he was blessed by his many friends over the years. Again we send our condolences,
    Mike & Sue Repine
    Latrobe, Pa

  • So sorry to hear of Arnie’s passing. He was such a great man in the short time I knew him. Prayers to Carol and the family during this time of sorrow.

  • My condolences to the Ernie Johnson family. My husband and I worked with Arnold at Tecumseh Products, and we will never forget this great man. He had many friends, and that smile and laugh can never be re-created. He was always such a happy person .Prayers to Carol, and his children in this difficult time. Sincerely, Mary Anderson