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Byrne Howard Johnston

Air Force

Johnston, Byrne Howard, 87, passed away July 11, 2020. Born in Clarksburg, PA on December 30, 1932. He was the son of the late Harvey and Melmae Johnston. He was married on June 28th, 1954 to Ruth Ann (Sue) Schaller in Panama City, FL. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, along with daughter Linda (Robert) Metzradt, sons Jeffrey and Scott; 4 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, William and Ronnie, and sisters Betty, Nevada and Ailsa. Byrne was a Korean War Veteran with the United States Air Force, serving 4 years. Living in Bucks County for 30 years he worked at US Steel (Fairless) and was actively involved in multiple softball leagues throughout the region. He was a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) serving as Post-Commander of Chapter 12 in Bedford, PA; and also served as Post-Commander of DAV District 5 of PA. Byrne was the leading organizer of the Bedford County veteran organization and served as Commander for two years. He was a life member of the VFW and the Everett American Legion, serving as Commander and several years on the Honor Guard. He served on the state level as director of the Hospital Service Coordinator of the PA veteran’s hospitals and on the PA executive and finance committees. He also volunteered at the Veterans hospital in Altoona and veteran’s home in Hollidaysburg. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran church in Breezewood, PA. At Byrne’s request, there will be no public service. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements in care of Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc.

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