Warren Morton Johnston, the son of Clarence and Ethel (Wimmer) Johnston, was born July 27, 1927 in rural Adams County Iowa. Warren entered eternal rest Monday, November 19, 2018, at Eiler Place, Clarinda, Iowa, at the age of 91 years.
Warren attended Washington Township District #1 School and graduated from Corning High School with the Class of 1944. Warren entered the United States Army during WWII on October 10, 1945 and was honorably discharged on November 9, 1946. He began farming with his father upon leaving the service. He was the first farmer in the Mt. Etna community to engage in “no-till” farming. He retired from farming in 1993 due to his health.
Warren was united in marriage to Laura Boswell on October 4, 1949 at the Mt. Etna Methodist Church. Three children were born to bless this union: Lois, Linda, and Wayne.
Warren was very active in his community throughout his life. He was involved in farm improvement programs such as the Adams County Pork Producers where he served as the very first president. He served as a School Board member in the Washington Township District #1 School, and was a member of the Corning Community School Board of Education for twelve years serving as president for five years. He represented Southwest Iowa on the Iowa Association of School Boards and was a member of the Advisory Council for Southwestern Community College in Creston.
Warren enjoyed woodworking and he would find himself making special request projects on many occasions. He also enjoyed fishing and would take fishing trips to Canada in the fall after harvest was completed. Warren loved the Lord and became a member of the Corning United Methodist Church many years ago. Family was very important to Warren and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Left to cherish Warren’s memory is his loving wife of 69 years: Laura, Bridgewater, Iowa; children: Lois Elaine Davison, Clarinda, Iowa; Linda Marie (Scott) Walsh, Lincoln, Nebraska; Wayne Dean (Donna) Johnston, St. James, Missouri; three grandchildren: Andy (Justine) Davison, Clarinda, Iowa; Karla Davison, Clarinda, Iowa; Josh Johnston, St. James, Missouri; three great-grandchildren: Tyson Johnston; Owen Davison; Drake Davison; two sisters: Doris (Henry) Heaton, Brooks, Iowa; Wilma Bloom, Lenox, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceding Warren in death were his parents: Clarence & Ethel (Wimmer) Johnston; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Elza and Mabel Boswell; brother: Leo Johnston; sister-in-law: Alice (Vogel) Johnston; brother-in-law Albert; sister-in-law: Tootsie Boswell, sister-in-law: Berniece Huntington; brothers-in-law: Orval Boswell; Clarence Boswell; and Warren Bloom; son-in-law: Dan Davison.