Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Carol Lee (Miller) Johnston and George Stanley Johnston, Jr

Carol Lee (Miller) Johnston and George Stanley Johnston, Jr. went to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 19, 2015. Carol died at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby and George died at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. She was 75 and he was 77 and though their deaths were tragic and unexpected, their love was inseparable.

Carol was born December 22, 1939 in Holmes County, Ohio, the daughter of the late Edith (Kreger) and Earl Miller. She was a graduate of Ontario High School and was proud to attend a year at The Ohio State University before meeting her love, George. She loved to shop, care for her plants, sew and was an excellent homemaker.

George was born August 18, 1938 in Willard, Ohio, the son of the late Edna (Van Buren) and George Stanley Johnston, Sr.  He was a graduate of Greenwich High School. He grew up on a farm and always had a passion for it. George started his career at the Shelby Sales Book where he retired after 47 years. He was a well-known jokester and prankster, especially at work and with family and friends. George liked to work on any type of project, whether it was his own or for someone in his family, and enjoyed having any and all Craftsman tools to help him complete them.

On November 21, 1959, George and Carol were married and spent 56 wonderful years together. They did everything together spending very little time apart. They loved to travel having been to all 50 states. They were members of the Honda Goldwing Club, Chapter B, and traveled to all but three states on their motorcycle. Carol and George loved the outdoors especially going to the lake and watching for birds, specifically finding eagle’s nests. They were members of Calvary Baptist Church where Carol had taught Sunday school for many years.

They loved to spend time with their family whenever possible. Surviving are: 3 daughters: Sherri (Gene) Gowitzka of Shelby, Shelly Poole of Rutherfordton, NC, and Stefanie (Robert) Green of Crestline; 24 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; Carol’s sister: Shirley  (Dick) Carpenter of Shelby; George’s brother: Royce (Janet) Johnston of Greenwich; Carol’s 2 aunts: Helen Graham and Erma Ammons; and several other relatives and friends.

In addition to both of their parent’s, George and Carol were preceded in death by:  2 sons-in-law, Jacque Poole and Charles Steele; Carol’s sister: Patty (John) Gates; and George’s siblings: Cindy Johnston, Shirley (Dick) Crist, and three infants.

Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, December 27, 2015 from 3-6 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 28, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Calvary Baptist Church, 21 Washington Street, Shelby, with Pastor Steve Schag officiating. Burial will follow in Little London Cemetery, Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church for the benefit of their various missions programs.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Jamie says:

    I am so sorry for the pain your family is going through. I am praying for you all. Carol and George were wonderful people, and their love was very strong.

  2. Laureen Bettac says:

    George and Carol were a beautiful and kind couple. Hugs and prayers to the family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  3. Darlene Tackett says:

    May God Bless all their family, So Sorry for your lose of Mother and Father ~♡~ May the Lord comfort each one of you ~♡~

  4. Nikki says:

    My deepest sympathy to both families. So sorry for your loss.

  5. Keith and Carolyn Love says:

    We are hurting for you and pray God will give you all the strength you need at this time.

  6. JoAnn Nelson says:

    Thoughts and prayers for your entire family.

  7. lois Kilgore says:

    Sorry for your lost

  8. Nancy & Ken Mistove says:

    Our deepest and sincerest condolences to your family for this tragic loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. God bless.

  9. Jim and Carol Culler says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. We rode many, many wonderful trips with George and Carol on our motorcycles. They were wonderful people who were devoted solely to each other. If anyone has ever met their soul mates, they did. There was nothing George would not have done for Carol and she felt the same. By watching them, you could tell how much they loved and were devoted to each other. Nothing was more important to them than their family. They loved you dearly. We are so sorry for the loss of your mother and father. Our prayers and thoughts are with the whole family at this time.

  10. kathy mathews says:

    My sympathy to your family. So sorry for your loss

  11. Alan Gallaway says:

    I am so sorry for your loss! I worked with George at the Salesbook for fifteen years or so. Our families used to go camping together to the Mohican area. I fondly remember the outdoor cookouts in the snow by your garage. With time you will again be able to remember the good times and smile. May God bless you all and grant you peace!

  12. Rob and Sue Parrigan says:

    Please accept our deepest sympathy. We spent many years with George and Carol attending Calvary Baptist Church. What a great couple. George was so much fun playing Ping-Pong at the church during our church tournaments. We will be praying for your family.

  13. Rose and Gary Pittenger says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Ian sorry for the difficulty the family is going thru. I prayer that your family find peace. God bless you all.

  14. Margaret Hetler Bankey says:

    Shirley & family,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your sister, Carol and her husband. Somehow God gives us extra strength to get through these difficult times. May God bless you & your family.

    I lost my husband in May of 2010.

  15. Kim Bailey says:

    I am truly sorry for the tragic loss your family has experienced. May the God of comfort be with your family during this difficult time. Keep the memories you shared close to your heart. Please find comfort in the promises found in the Bible at Isaiah 33:24 and John 5:28 and 29. May they bring comfort and hope to your grieving hearts.

  16. Rev. S. T. and Betty Adkins says:

    Sherri and family we are so sorry for your loss. Praying that God will give comfort to each and hold you in his loving arms.

  17. Medrith Brown says:

    Dear Shelly, Stefanie, Sherri and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your parents unexpected passing. I want to express my deepest sympathy at their passing. Please hang onto the memories of the wonderful times you spent with your parents. Take time to grieve and be sure to take care of each other at this most overwhelming time. Know that I will keep you all in my thoughts, prayers and in my heart. Praying that God will hold you all close to him at this time and many Angels surround you and provide you with comfort. Through Jesus Christ…..The Christ Child that was given to all of the World.

  18. Frances Danison says:

    Dear Stefanie and family,
    When all the burdens and waves of grief hits you,… and leaves you feeling as if you can not bear this,… I pray that you sense the very presence of God holding you up, and giving you His strength to walk a path that no one would of chosen,… but that God allowed,…. for a purpose that is not understood, and may never be.. on earth, but… will not need to be known once we are with Christ, in heaven. God be with you.
    with love, Frances Danison

  19. Annette says:

    My heart goes out to you for the tragic loss of your parents. We live in a world in which unexpected events occurs. Our heavenly Father by means of his Kingdom will reverse all the woes that cause pain and suffering. May you find comfort in each other and in the God of all comfort.

    Ecclesiastes 9:11
    Matthew 6:9,10
    Revelation 21:3-5
    Psalms 37:29

  20. Ken and Chris Pace says:

    Shelly, Stefanie and Sherri,
    Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of you as you journey through this very difficult time. Asking Him to provide the peace and comfort that only He can, knowing that He, Himself was,”a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” He will see you through!
    Much love and continued prayer,
    Ken and Chris Pace

  21. Ann Cooper says:

    Shelly & Stefanie and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I don’t know if you remember me but I knew you girls from Grace Baptist Church in Crestline, OH. My thoughts and prayers are with you as I know in the days ahead you will have good times but you will also have bad times. Just let the tears flow and know that your heavenly father is holding you close and will be your strength and comfort at this time.
    In Christian Love, Ann Cooper

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