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Mr. Neil H. Johnston
  • First Baptist Church
    1050 E. Fawn River Rd.
    Sturgis, MI 49091
  • Kiwanis of Sturgis Foundation c/o: Sturgis Area Foundation
    310 N. Franks Ave.
    Sturgis, MI 49091

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“I'm so sorry to hear the loss of Niel! Prayers for his whole family. I worked for years next door to the Skate O Rama at Superior Motor Parts. Neil...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Debra Lintz - Union, MI - Friend

“I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I spent a lot of my youth at the skating rink and have many fond memories. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Louise Blatter Schultz - Columbus, OH

“My heart goes out to the entire family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers... Mr. J was a good man and I'll never forget the good times, skating,...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: David Perry - Summerville, SC

“I will always remember Mr. Jonhston skating. He loved to skate with all of us kids when we would come to the skating rink every weekend. He knew...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Christie Ballard - Sturgis, MI

“I spent many nights having fun at the Skating Rink. My Mom would take us and when I got older, she would drop me off! Mom and Dad (Alice and Don...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Donna Williams (Edwards) - MI

“I wanted you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Darlene Good - Sturgis, MI

“Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories! -Ronald Reagan- So sorry for your loss, sending thoughts and prayers to...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Sara Moshier Clark - Paris, MI

“So sorry for your loss ,Neil always treated me with respect and friendship ,Rest in Piece Neil ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Richard Alldrefge - Sturgis, MI

“I am so sorry for your loss...my deepest sympathies for the family ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: Anne Reingardt - Sturgis, MI

“So sorry about your loss. Neil will be missed ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: KATHY MELCHI - Sturgis, MI

“I remember going to the skating rink on Sat. nights, it was always so much fun, I remember seeing skate backwards with ease and speed, I wanted so...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Joy Peck - Sturgis, MI

“"Smile and the world smiles with you sing a song".....My favorite and Neils too.I will always remember the happy times at Kiwanis. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Ron Roth - Three Rivers, MI

“Uncle Neil was a wonderful person, he would take me to school when I was a child, protected me from bullies and was a lot of fun. As an adult I...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Donna Van Fossen - Kirkland, WA


Neil H. Johnston age 84 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away late Saturday morning June 10, 2017 at his home.
He was born May 4, 1933 in Grand Rapids, Michigan son of the late Paul R. and Mary Elizabeth (Simons) Johnston.
Neil resided in Sturgis since the early 1960s coming from Grand Rapids.
On July 3, 1967 he married Gladys Kanouse in Sturgis.
Neil owned and operated Johnston's Landscape Management in Sturgis for many years. He also owned and operated with his wife the Blue Plaza Skating Rink, later renamed Johnston's Skate-O-Rama for 40 years.
He was a longtime active member of the First Baptist Church in Sturgis where he served as the church organist and choir director for many years. He was an active member of the Sturgis Kiwanis Club where he held each office including Past President. He furthered his service with the Kiwanis Club on the State level serving as Lieutenant Governor for District 12 two different times. He was also a past member of the Sturges Young Auditorium Board and instrumental in the purchase of the theater organ of which he played for various programs including the Kiwanis Travelogue. He was a member of the American Theater Organ Society, held a private pilot's license and loved playing chess.
He is survived by his wife: Gladys; two daughters: Natalie (David) Setterblad of Sturgis and Janell (Gary) Dunlap of Sturgis; one son: Neil (Kari) Johnston II of Grand Blanc; seven grandchildren: Erin Alldredge, Samantha Setterblad, Christina (Bo) Moore and Austin Dunlap all of Sturgis, Stuart, Riley and Mara Johnston all of Grand Blanc; seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter: Cheryl and several brothers and sisters.
In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating the life of Neil H. Johnston will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday June 28th at the First Baptist Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Dennis DeMott will officiate.
The Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes of Sturgis is entrusted with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations would be appreciated to the First Baptist Church, 1050 E. Fawn River Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091 or the Kiwanis Club of Sturgis Foundation c/o: Sturgis Area Foundation, 310 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.