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Carl Raymond “Toby” Johnston entered Heaven on Jan. 27, 2011.

He was born Dec. 22, 1922 in Timber Lake, S.D.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; two sons: Carl Raymond Johnston, Jr. and Jeffery Johnston, his parents and two brothers.

He is survived by his daughter, Brenda DeVore and husband Ralph of Houston, two grandsons, Matthew Carl Johnston and Jeffery Scott Johnston, along with two brothers, Robert and Lyle and his sister, Ella Bishir. 

In addition, he leaves behind an extended list of family and friends who he loved dearly.

Toby grew up in Proctor, Minn., the oldest of six children.  After high school, he attended Duluth Business University.  He enlisted in the Army in April 1943.  Toby never said much about his military service in WWII, however, he served as an Intelligence Specialist in France and Germany with the rank of Staff Sergeant assigned to the 482nd Antiaircraft Battalion. 

He received the Distinguished Unit Citation with Cluster, Meritorious Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Service Medal and European/African /Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal.  He was honorably discharged in February 1946.

Following his military service, Toby began a long career with Southern Pacific Railroad.

He attended the University of Houston, earning his BA in Business and retired as District Manager of Southern Pacific Land Company.

Ultimately, he and Margaret moved to Bellville where they lived for 25 years.  They were married for 62 years. He was an honorable man who was always there for those he loved. You always knew where you stood with Toby!

His passion was golf and he enjoyed many hours on the Bellville Golf Course.  

A private (in keeping with his wishes) graveside military service was held on January 31st.


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