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William Johnston

Obituary of William D. Johnston

William D. Johnston Olean, NY William D. Johnston, 69, of Olean, passed away Friday (January 3, 2020). Born September 24, 1950 in Olean, he was the son of Robert C. and Lettie K. Johnston. On August 23, 2003 in Allegany he married Christine Worden who predeceased him February 19, 2012. Bill was a graduate of Olean High School and soon after, began employment with the railroad. From 1970 to 1972 he served with the US Army in Germany. He continued working as an engineer for 42 years with the CXS Railroad until his retirement. He enjoyed being social with his lifelong friends with whom he played euchre and pinochle. He was also an avid St. Bonaventure Men's Basketball fan as well as a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers. Bill was an accomplished drummer and he enjoyed jam sessions with his musician friends. He is survived by his 4 siblings Berdena (Bruce) North of Allegany, Robert (Connie) Johnston of Lake Placid, FL, Roland (Susan) Johnston of Webster and James (Carol Ellis) Johnston of Salamanca; 21 nieces and nephews, including a very special niece Marla DiCanio of Georgetown, PA; a very special nephew Jimmy Johnston of Olean and a dear lifelong friend Martin Faragher of Olean. In addition to his wife he was predeceased by his parents. The family will be present to receive friends on Sunday from 1-4pm at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Rd. Olean. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Heart Association or to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at
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