David ‘Butch’ Johnston

Published May 13, 2017 at 4:00pm

David “Butch” Johnston, 73, of Taberg, NY passed away suddenly, on May 9, 2017, at Rome Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. David was born March 28, 1944 in Olean, NY. He served his country proud in the Navy and Air Force for a total of 21 years in active duty. He married his late wife, Rita Marie Johnston, on January 31, 1965. David loved racing, ice cream, his trusted canine companion Clayton and most of all, “his family.” David is survived by his two children, Terri L. Johnston and Melissa Hickernell both of Rome, NY. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, RJ, Jessica, Bryan and Jesse, his great-grandchildren, and siblings Karen, Cindy, Tina, Pat, Laurie, Johnny and Neil. We will always carry your memory in our hearts.

Viewing services will be held at Strong-Burns & Sprock Funeral Home 7751 Merrick Road, Rome, N.Y. on Sunday May 14, 2017 between 3-5p.m. This service is open to the public. Interment will take place in Allegany Cemetery on Saturday May 20,2017.