Roy Keith Johnston

08/24/1948 — 11/23/2008

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Colfax, Washington

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Roy Keith Johnston

Roy Keith Johnston, 60, of Richland, WA, passed away at his home on November 23, 2008. He was born on August 24, 1948 in Colfax, WA, to Freda and Roy Johnston and moved to Ritzville, WA where he attended all 12 years of school. He played football and wrestled for Ritzville High School.

In 1968, Keith joined the United States Army. He flew helicopters in Vietnam and various other duty stations including Augsburg, Germany and at the Presidio in San Francisco, California.

After the military, Keith attended Wenatchee Valley Community College and earned degrees as a Medical Laboratory and an X-ray Technician. He worked in the lab at Kennewick General Hospital before working as a clinic manager at Physicians Immediate Care in Richland, WA. After leaving Physicians Immediate Care he continued working in the medical profession at a variety of different locations until retiring in 2003.

During retirement, he indulged in numerous hobbies including learning to play the guitar, building remote control helicopters, riding his motorcycle, and singing in several choirs in the area including the Columbia River Chordsman.

Keith worked as a worship assistant at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, participated as a Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America for over 20 years, receiving the Silver Beaver award for his service, and was an instructor at Wood Badge. He was also a member of the Richland chapter of the Harley Owners Group.

Some of Keith's proudest moments were the birth of his three children, the birth of his granddaughter and that all of his children attended college.

Keith is survived by his wife, Laurie, sons Joshua wife Nicole and Ian, daughter Morgan, grandchild Grace, sister Shannon, aunt Betty, family Marty, Cori, and Roni, and many cousins and close friends. Keith was preceded in death by his father, Roy G. Johnston and mother, Freda Nave Johnston.

A memorial will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 2:00pm at 1st Lutheran Church, located at 530 Bonneville, Pasco, WA, with a gathering in the fellowship hall to follow. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to the Boy Scouts of America as well as the Lord of Life Lutheran Church building fund.

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  • Keith was such a dedicated scouter that touched many lives, both youth and adults. He lived up to the Scout Oath and Law. Laurie, we know that you and your family find peace and comfort in the memories of this wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Randy & Mary Ann Price
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Keith was an important friend to the Scouting movement and a great friend to me. His quick wit and colorful sense of humor is his lasting gift to me. Thanks for the memories old friend.

    Mark Gehlen
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • We will always remember your laugh and easy humor. Always enjoyed visiting with you via phone and

    in person.

    Norris Johnston
    November 4, 2014
    Lynden, WA, US
  • Leslie and I knew Keith for many years both as a friend, medical professional and Vietnam veteran. He could make anyone laugh no matter the situation. Our first trip together to see the Seahawks was a unforgetable experience, our last trip together to see the Orange County Chopper guys was just as much fun has his unwavering friendship has been over the years. As a Boy Scout leader his deication was second to none. Welcome Home Keith.

    Steve and Leslie Jackson
    November 4, 2014
    WA, US
  • Our prayers and love to Keith’s family. Contact us for any help. We will miss Keith’s sense of humor and he could make all of us go into fits of laughter! Thanks Keith for those fun memories!

    Jeannie & Dan Erickson
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I am very saddened by Keith’s passing. We worked together for many years and which I enjoyed very much and learned more than I could have ever imagined. He teased me alot, but always had my back. I will never forget the beautiful cradle he made my daughter and all the great times we shared. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    Laurie Brady
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • We are very sorry to hear about Keith. Please know that our family’s thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very difficult time. God bless you all.

    Patty & Ed Gire
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Keith was a wonderful leader and roll model throughout my scouting career in troop 190 and 275. Our thoughts and prayers to the entire Johnston family in this difficult time. Thank you Keith for all you’ve done for so many people!

    Scott Goranson
    November 4, 2014
    Yakima, WA, US
  • You were a great man and showed nothing but love to me. I will miss you. I will think of you often. I will talk about you often. I will make sure that the kids know that their grandpa was a cool guy with a huge heart.

    I will also always take care of your son Josh and love him until the end.

    Nicole Johnston
    November 4, 2014
    Anacortes, WA, US
  • We will always remember the fun times we all had going across the country to watch our boys play football for CWU. Keith had such a great witt and never met a stranger. We are so sorry for your loss.

    John and Vicki Carter
    November 4, 2014
    Walla, Walla, WA, US