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Glasgow resident Wilbur Johnston passed away at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia on Jan. 16, 2014. He was 88 years of age.

Wilbur Raymond Johnston was born in Slater, Mo., on Dec. 3, 1925, to Lynn and Ruby (Haynes) Johnston. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp during WWII in Tinian, Okinawa and China. He received the Purple Heart.

Wilbur owned and operated his own business, Johnston Linotype Service, for over 60 years in Kansas City. He was one of the founders of New Haven Baptist Church. He also started a Food Pantry in Kansas City and worked there for 18 years. Wilbur also served on the Glasgow Housing Board.

He and Lois (Tennis) were married Feb. 15, 1985, in Miami, Okla. The couple moved to Glasgow in 2000 and in 2001 they opened and managed the Glasgow Food Pantry. He and Lois were active in civic organizations and always willing to help those in need. They were members of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Glasgow United Methodist Church and in 2004 they were named Glasgow Citizens of the Year.

Wilbur is survived by his wife, Lois of Glasgow; two daughters, Lynda Bashara of Littleton, Colo., and Sherry Brown of Oak Grove, Mo.; one son, Gregory (wife Pat) Johnston of Box Springs, Ga.; one step-daughter, Sandra Zuzich of Overland Park, Kan.; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Lynn Johnston.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m, Tuesday, at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Chapel in Glasgow. Rev. Jim Crooks, Rev. Bob Frey and Rev. Brenda West officiated at the service. Visitation was held one hour before the service. Military Honors was held following the memorial service. Interment will be held at a later date at Buckner Cemetery in Buckner, Mo.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Glasgow Food Pantry.

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