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Richard W. Johnston

Richard W. Johnston, age 82 of Wall, S.D., died Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood.

Richard W. Johnston was born in the New Underwood hospital on March 1, 1929, to William and Cecil (Richards) Johnston. They lived at Dalzell, S.D., 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 five 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 citizen's 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, Mont., 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, Wash., and Greg Andal of Rapid City; a step-daughter, Gayle Stewart of Sedro Woolley, Wash.; 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), and Savana Johnston; 12 great-grandchildren, Cade and Casper Hammerstrom, Tia, Tate and Tanner (twins) Grabow, Ty and Oaklee Hammerstrom, Ella, Dexter, and Brixton Steen, and 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, Wyo.; a 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.

Funeral services were held Monday, September 26, at the Power House Gym in Wall, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

Music was provided by Myrna Smith, pianist, Alma Crosbie and Alice Richter, vocalists, and Corrin Amiotte, vocalist.

Ushers were John Linn, Lonnie Arneson, Pat Trask and Rod Anders.

Pallbearers were Chad Hammerstrom, Kane Steen, Riley Walker, Cinnamon Johnston, Calder Johnston and Jaeger Held. Honorary pallbearers were the rest of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Interment was Monday at the Elm Springs Cemetery.

The family requests memorials be sent to the Elm Springs Hall or Elm Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.

His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com