Dwight "Dave" Johnston

January 29, 1956 ~ May 23, 2021 (age 65)


Dwight David Johnston, 65, of Creekside, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2021. 

The son of Beryl M. and Madaline (Brewer) Johnston, he was born January 29, 1956, in Indiana.

Dwight, known as "Dave" to his family and friends, was a lifelong resident of Indiana County. He graduated from Marion Center High School and from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dave, a third-generation Christmas tree grower, was the longtime owner and operator of Johnston Nursery in Creekside. He was a member of the Indiana County Christmas Tree Growers Association. His father invented and patented the Christmas tree baler, which is still in use at the family's farm. 
Dave was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to go fishing around Indiana County and Erie, Pa., often tying his own flies and using them to catch trout. He had many interests and hobbies, and throughout his lifetime he always enjoyed photography, carpentry, and listening to rock music.

Dave is survived by his wife, Rosemary (Rankin) Johnston, Creekside; he is also survived by a son, Nathan Johnston, Indiana; a daughter, Kaitlyn Johnston Wiese, and son-in-law, Rutger Wiese, Boston, Mass.; sister Peg (Johnston) Eckenrod, Creekside; sister Nancy (Johnston) Hess and brother-in-law Ed, Creekside; and brother-in-law Earle Good, Punxsutawney. 

Preceding Dave in death were his parents; eldest sister, Kay (Johnston) Good, Punxsutawney; and brother-in-law and dear friend Sam Eckenrod, Creekside.

Funeral arrangements are private and have been entrusted to the John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home.

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