John David Johnston

October 12, 1945 ‒ June 22, 2019

Centerburg, Ohio

John David “Otis” Johnston, age 73, of Centerburg, died suddenly on Friday, June 21, 2019 at his residence.  A self-employed farmer and cattleman.  Member of Knox County Cattlemen’s Association. John and Mary were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Angus Association.  Also a retired Porter-Kingston fire fighter and former Porter Township trustee.  John was a proud life-long farmer and provider for his family.  He mostly enjoyed his family and grandkids, had a great sense of humor and was loved by everyone.  Born October 12, 1945 in Galena, Ohio to the late Lawrence A. and Rosanne (Barnes) Johnston.  Also preceded in death by loving wife, Mary Elizabeth Johnston and brother, Lawrence Ray Johnston.  Survived by daughters, Crystal (Rob) Demorest of Sunbury, Cathy (David) Kirk of Chesterville; son, Jay Dee (Tracey) Johnston of Centerburg; grandchildren, Gabrielle, Ellie, Jarrod, Morgan, Sarah, Case, Lane and Melani; sisters, Mary Nitzberg, Vivian (Ralph) Parson, Irene Mitchell and Esther Swetland.  Friends may call 5 to 8 PM Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Route 61, (at SR 3), Sunbury.  Graveside Service 12 o’clock noon, Thursday at Eastview Cemetery, Centerburg, Ohio.  Pastor Dwayne Wampler officiating.  DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Johnston family.  Special memories and condolences can be shared with them at

  • God bless you and your family…so sorry for your loss. Love and prayers. Love you all, Mimi and Papa

  • Rob n Crystal, I am so sorry. My heart is with you n your family during these difficult days. May God’s grace help you through this as your Dad is reunited with your Mom.

  • I wish I could be there with you. I have so many fond memories of Uncle John, too many for here. I love you all and we are keeping ya’ll in our hearts and prayers.

  • Crystal, Rob and Family-We are so sorry for your loss of your Dad.
    Thinking of you all!
    Much Love
    Jen, Toney Curry and Family

  • My deepest sympathy to the Johnston family on the loss of John.
    I have many great memories of John and will never forget his laugh and sense of humor.

  • Crystal, Cathy and Jay and families we are so sorry for your loss. We are so sorry we cannot be there with you today. We are praying for you and your families today.
    God bless you all.
    Much love
    Darren, Gail, Tyler and Conner