Philip A. Johnston

Philip A. Johnston, 89, Ashville, died Saturday at home.

He was born in Grampian, son of the late Edward C. and Twila A. (Bigleman) Johnston.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Doris Lauer, whom he married on May 20, 1953, in Loretto; children: Thomas (Laurie Sheehan) of Loretto, Philip of Youngstown, Ohio, Robert D. (Margaret Patz) of Ashville, Shane Krug (Donald) of Ashville and Dawn McClellan (Greg Wilt) of Altoona; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren whom are expected soon; brothers: Terrence of Cresson, Francis (Lucy) of Flagstaff, Ark. and Charles (Dolores) of Dupont; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jennifer Ann Johnston; and sisters: Sister Mary Paulita Johnston CSR, Patricia Litzinger, and Ruth Collier.

He was a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Coupon, and member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, Ashville.

Phil worked at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center for a number of years.

He was a World War II Army veteran, where he was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart medal.

Phil enjoyed spending time with family and friends, farming, bee keeping and wood working.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Gibbons Funeral Home, Ashville, where a vigil service will be held Monday afternoon. Military rites are in charge of local military organizations. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Ashville, the Rev. Sean Code as celebrant. Committal will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Coupon.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Home Nursing Agency Hospice, 118 Ebony Rd. Suite 200, Ebensburg, PA 15931 in Phil’s memory.