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Robert A. Johnston

April 2, 1924 ~ December 23, 2021 (age 97)


Robert A. Johnston, 97, of Sun City West, Arizona passed away on December 23, 2021.  Bob was born on April 2, 1924 in DeKalb, IL to Gladys and Axel Johnston and had one brother, Richard.  He graduated from Mt. Morris High School(IL) and Coe College (IA) and had done graduate work at Northern Illinois University.   Bob played trumpet in jazz bands in high school and college and enjoyed playing his trumpet along with big band records.  Bob's college years were interrupted while he served in the Army in Europe during WWII. He was a POW in a German Prison Camp for four months before being liberated by Russian Cossack riders.  After being held for about a month by the Russians he managed to escape and make it back to the American zone at Leipzig, Germany. Bob was discharged in November, 1945 and returned to college in January 1946.  Bob and his wife, Helen, were married in 1948. They made their home in Mt. Morris, Illinois where they raised their two daughters and where Bob was employed at Kable Printing Company.  In 1997 Bob and his wife, Helen, moved to Sun City West, Arizona to enjoy the sunshine, play golf, bridge and pool and where He became active in the Agua Fria group of EXPOWs.   Bob and Helen enjoyed traveling and exploring new places-always up for an adventure.  He was a dedicated husband to his wife Helen of 60 years who passed away in 2009. Bob is survived by his two daughters- Pat Watson and Carol Jones, three grandchildren- Dave Watson, Megan Felker and Marcus Randall and two great grandchildren- Amaya and Marcus Randall.

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