L'ANSE - Robert L. Johnston, businessman and owner of the L'Anse Furniture Mart, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2010, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital in L'Anse at the age of 89.
He was born August 27, 1920, in L'Anse, son of the late Henry A. and Clara (Paquette) Johnston. Robert graduated from L'Anse High School in 1938.
Robert enlisted in the U.S. Navy on May 26, 1942. September 17, 1942, he boarded the USS Florence Nightingale (AP70) serving as Yeoman First Class and departed January 28, 1946. His awards include American Theater Medal, European-African-Mid- East with three bronze stars, Asiatic-Pacific with one bronze star and the Good Conduct Medal.
He graduated from Vogue School of Interior Decorating of Chicago and was previously employed by Schauer and Shumacher of Green Bay and Tonella and Rupp of Marquette. Robert was employed by the L'Anse Furniture Mart for 11 years, eight years as manager, before purchasing the furniture store in June 1969.
Robert married the former Eleanor Tollefson on September 2, 1950 at First Lutheran Church in L'Anse.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and being at the beach, square dancing, skating, woodworking and crafts. He was an active participant in community events.
Robert was a member of United Lutheran Church, former president of Red Rockers Square Dance Club, former president of the Baraga County Chamber of Commerce, member of L'Anse Business Association, Eagles Aerie 2287, VFW Post 3897, American Legion Post 144, and the L'Anse-Baraga Figure Skating Club.
Surviving are his son, Jeff (Mary) Johnston; and daughter, Jane (James) Olson, both of L'Anse; sister, Dorothy Baltic of Escanaba; four grandchildren, Tim (Stacy), Julia, Laura Johnston, and Linnea Olson; and one great-grandson, Ivan Johnston.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Eleanor; brothers, Chester and Allen; and sisters, Myrtle Skuggen and Pearl Saunders.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home. The Baraga County Area Veterans will conduct military rites Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
The funeral service will be on Thursday, February 25, at 11 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church in L'Anse. Rev. Scott Williams will officiate.
Burial will be in the L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery in the spring.
The Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse is assisting the family. Friends may sign Robert's guestbook or send condolences at jacobsonfuneralhome.com.