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Charles H. Johnston Sr., 70, who served in the Coast Guard for nearly 30 years and taught for 17 years, died unexpectedly Monday (Feb. 26, 2001) in Sheehan Memorial Hospital.

Johnston, a native of Dog Creek, Ky., was a Korean War veteran of the Coast Guard. From 1954 to 1979, he served as a chief diesel mechanic.

After his retirement, he taught courses on heavy equipment for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services at its Potter Road facility in West Seneca. He later earned a doctoral degree in psychology.

He was a member of Post 721, American Legion, serving as its commander three times. He also was a member of East Aurora Lodge 370, Loyal Order of Moose, and the Southside Social Club.

He was an avid reader and a football and hockey fan.

Survivors include his wife, the former Carol Leavitt; a daughter, Sue Kemph of Lancaster; three sons, Charles H. Jr. of Buffalo, Roger of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Randy of Phoenix; two sisters, Wilma Thompson and Freda Reed, both of Louisville, Ky.; a brother, Ralph of Louisville; and seven grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in O'Connell Funeral Home, 2286 S. Park Ave. Burial will be in Bath National Cemetery.


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