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Alvin Johnston

April 16, 1956 - February 23, 2018

Services: 2:00 p.m. – Monday, March 5, 2018 at the Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr
Officiant: Pastor Bill Armstrong
Visitation: Prior to the services on Monday
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery – Mount Ayr

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Alvin Ray Johnston entered this world at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, April 16, 1956 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa. He was welcomed by his parents, Ronald Dale & Bonnie Marie (Cowell) Johnston, and by an older brother, Evan.

The family moved near Bloomfield, Iowa and lived at Lake Wapello State Park as Ronald was the Fish Hatchery manager there. Alvin enjoyed growing up at Lake Wapello. He loved to swim in the lake and play in the outdoors. In 1973, Ronald was transferred to Decorah, Iowa where Alvin finished out his high school, graduating from Decorah High School. He worked at various places in Decorah.
Alvin loved bowling and jigsaw puzzles: the harder the puzzle, the better Alvin liked them. Alvin also loved animals and his pets. He enjoyed the family vacations to Yellowstone Park and other places where the animals roamed free and he even had his picture taken petting a bear at Yellowstone! He followed baseball and football and could recall statistics with accuracy. He loved birthdays and Christmas. His favorite color was red.

Alvin became a resident of Osage Rehabilitation & Health Care in Osage, Iowa where he lived the remainder of his life. At 8:15 p.m., Friday, February 23, 2018, Alvin entered eternal rest with his loving Savior. He was preceded in death by his brother, Evan, and his grandparents: Raymond & Versye Johnston and Alva & Marie Cowell.

Those left to remember Alvin include his parents Ronald & Bonnie Johnston of Osage, Iowa; sister-in-law Rita Johnston of Osage, Iowa; 3 nieces and their families: Veronica (Jason) Baldwin of Albuquerque, New Mexico and their children Christopher & Gabe, Amanda (Andrew) Johnson of Bay City, Michigan and their daughter Indie, and Alana (Luke) Scheer of Osage, Iowa and their children Drayven & Kade,; aunt Mildred Johnston of Urbandale, Iowa; several cousins; his two best friends from Decorah, Iowa, Jimmie Orvella and Scott Lyons; and his loving caretakers at Osage Rehab & Health Care in Osage, Iowa.