Richard W. Johnston was born in New Underwood hospital on March 1st , 1929 to William and Cecil (Richards) Johnston. They lived at Dalzell, SD at the time then later moved to Elm Springs on property adjacent to the Johnston homestead. He attended the Linn School for all of his grade school years. In 1947 he graduated from New Underwood High School. Once he finished high school he rented the Albert Arneson place at Elm Springs.
On July 8, 1951 he married Norma Schell. They made their home on the Arneson place and had seven children. His parents sold him the original Johnston homestead in 1959 and he moved his family there in 1963. He was able to rent the adjacent Fish ranch for 5 years then bought the Everet Strong ranch in 1969 and Don Grey ranch in 1981.
Martha Andal and Richard were united in marriage June 26, 1982, they enjoyed traveling and had many exciting adventures together. They rented and moved to the Burton place in 1984 and lived there 15 years. After retiring he sold his property to three of his children then he and Martha moved to Wall in 1997.
Their beautiful yard earned the Pennington County Soil Conservation Best Lawn award. The Catalyst Club and Chamber of Commerce in Rapid City awarded him the 2008 “Good Neighbor Award.” He attended the Elm Springs Church since childhood. He was a lifetime member of Farmer’s Union and a member of Farm Bureau. The Stockgrowers Association meeting was something he enjoyed every year. He served as a director for six years and also five years of Meade County Extension Service. After he and Martha moved to Wall he helped with the Senior Citizens bus for a short while.
He lived his life with gusto.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Johnston of Wall; four daughters, Cheryl Hammerstrom and her husband Terry of New Underwood, Kay Johnston of Hermosa, Ginger Held and her husband Steve of Broadus, MT, and Tammy Bills and her husband Roger of New Underwood; two sons, Rick Johnston of Union Center and Sam Johnston and his wife Cary of Elm Springs; two-step sons, Steve Andal and his wife Kay of Mt. Vernon, WA and Greg Andal of Rapid City; a step-daughter, Gayle Stewart of Sedro Woolley, WA; 19 grandchildren, Chad Hammerstrom, Clint Hammerstrom (Lisa), Tessa Grabow (Todd), Tell Hammerstrom (Holly), Kane Steen (Amber), Matt Steen (Jamie), Rikki and Jeagar Held (twins), Riley Walker, Tyler Walker (Angela), Wyatt and Keoni Bills (twins), Cinnamon Johnston, Echo Veit (Justin), Shania Johnston, Calder Johnston, Carlee and Carson Johnston (twins), Savana Johnston; 12 great-grandchildren, Cade and Casper Hammerstrom, Tia, Tate and Tanner (twins) Grabow, Ty and Oaklee Hammerstrom, Ella, Dexter, and Brixton Steen, Trevin and Cohen Walker; 10 step-great-grandchildren; three sisters Joann Olien and Bud of Rapid City, Jean Colvin and Ron of Rapid City, and Sharon Maasch of Sheridan, WY; special niece LuLu Johnston; special friends Lyle Williams, Ken Hanson, and Dale Keyser; several nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Richard was preceded in death by a daughter Dixie Joan Johnston; a granddaughter Sammy Jo Allison-Bills; his parents William and Cecil Johnston; two brothers Lane Johnston and Gary Johnston; and two sisters Mary Remer and Carol Davis.
Visitation was held 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, at the Power House Gym (formerly the old high school gym) in Wall, and one hour preceding the services at the Power House on Monday.
Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 26, at the Power House Gym in Wall, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.
Interment was held 3:00 p.m. Monday, at the Elm Springs Cemetery at Elm Springs, South Dakota.
The family requests in lieu of flowers a memorial established to the Elm Springs Hall or Elm Springs Volunteer Fire Department.
Monday September 26, 2011 - 11:00 a.m.
The Power House Gym
Pastor Harold Delbridge
Myrna Smith - Pianist
Alma Crosbie and Alice Richter - Vocalists
"What A Friend We Have in Jesus"
Corrin Amiotte - Vocalist
"In The Garden"
John Linn - Lonnie Arneson
Pat Trask - Rod Anders
Chad Hammerstrom - Kane Steen
Riley Walker - Cinnamon Johnston
Calder Johnston - Jaegar Held
Clint Hammerstrom - Matt Steen
Tessa Grabow - Tyler Walker
Tell Hammerstrom - Echo Veit
Shania Johnston - Carson Johnston
Carlee Johnston -Keoni Bills
Wyatt Bills - Savana Johnston
Rikki Held - Tia Grabow
Ella Steen - Cade Hammerstrom
Dexter Steen -Tate Grabow
Tanner Grabow - Casper Hammerstrom
Brixton Steen - Trevin Walker
Ty Hammerstrom - Cohen Walker
Monday September 26, 2011 - 3:00 p.m.
Elm Springs Cemetery
Elm Springs, SD
"There is no road so long
there doesn't come a turn in it."