Funeral services for Lynn Delano Johnston, 88, of Chariton will be held on Friday, July 9, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton, Iowa. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at the Goshen Cemetery in Lucas, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family.
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Lynn Delano Johnston went to be with Jesus on July 6, 2021, after a short illness.
Delano was born April 20, 1933, to Paul and Iva Johnston in Ringgold County. He was raised on the family farm in Lucas, Iowa. He graduated from Lucas High School in 1951. Delano farmed with his father and brother Reno, until his marriage to his (one and only true love), Leora Lee Kline, from Chariton, Iowa on August 6, 1955.
Delano and Leora moved to Des Moines where he had various jobs including Iowa Pack, Western Tool, and driving a cement truck all over the Des Moines area.
A longing for the farm brought Delano and Leora back to the farm in Sewal, Iowa. They became involved in the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Delano was converted at a revival meeting June 8, 1961, baptized June 25, 1961.
Church and farming were their life for many, many years.
To the union was born four wonderful children: Randy Lynn, Rhonda Lee, Debra Diane, and Daniel Dean. Praise the Lord they were able to raise them on the farm in Corydon where good hard work was instilled and a love for Jesus and church activities at Corydon Bible Church for 15 years.
Later years, Delano and Leora retired from farming and moved to Chariton where they owned and operated Johnston Roofing. They joined the Church of the Nazarene. They worked with Karen Phillips teaching the teen group for several years. They also spent a few years teaching the little ones. Delano ushered for the Church of the Nazarene for many years.
Delano never, ever met a stranger. He could talk to anyone. He was always making everyone feel welcome even if he didn’t know you. He loved talking and selling Herbalife and NSA water filters.
After retiring from his real jobs, Delano took on driving for the Amish families in the area for many years.
Through the years, he and Leora put many miles on his Suzuki 1100 motorcycle. Thanks to Bob Chipp, the motorcycle is in the Museum at Chipps Harley Davidson in Osceola.
Delano was a proud member of the CMA (Christian Motorcycles Association) and was the eldest member.
Delano and Leora had a great time taking the grandkids to rodeos and spending time with them and going to their sporting events and school activities.
Delano was a very kind, patient man who was slow to anger. His favorite quote was, “A merry heart doeth good like medicine.”
To have known Delano was a joy. He always left you with a laugh or a smile on your face.
Delano was a great man, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a very proud follower of Jesus and definitely knows where he is spending eternity.
Delano was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Iva; sisters, Louise and Ruth; brother, Reno; and grandson, Brad.
Delano is survived by his wife of 66 wonderful years, Leora; two sons and their wives, Randy and Karol Johnston and Danny and Amanda Johnston; two daughters, Rhonda Johnston and Debra and her husband, Matthew Romero; 16 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; a niece and her husband, Cindy and Jerry Dannels; nephews; and a host of friends.
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