Michael Johnston
  • 55 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 21, 1956
  • Place of birth:
    Muncie, Indiana, United States
  • Date of passing: Dec 22, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    Chesterfield, Virginia, United States
Let the memory of Michael be with us forever

Come Celebrate the Life of

Michael Johnston

 At Bon Air Community Center
8725 Quaker Lane
Richmond, VA  23235

Saturday, April 14, 2012

3:00 p.m. Doors Open
3:30 p.m. Memorial Ceremony
Business Casual Attire

Dear Family and Friends,
You are invited to join us in a celebration of the life of Mike Johnston and our ongoing love for him. Not a funeral or religious service, we plan a joyous gathering together, a memorial of Mike: a husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. We will honor Mike for all the things that he shared with us and for all the wonderful memories he left with us. We will eat, drink, laugh, and tell stories about the man we all miss and loved so much.


This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Michael Johnston.

We will remember him forever.

The following is the obituary that appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on 12/25/2011:

Michael Gordon Johnston, age 55, of Chesterfield, Virginia, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on December 22, 2011. He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 31 years, Pamela B. Johnston; son, Sean P. Johnston; and daughter, Lauren F. Johnston. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald R. Johnston; and brother, Jeffrey L. Johnston. He is survived by his mother, Annabeth Johnston; and brother, Robert K. Johnston. Mike was born in Muncie, Indiana on February 21, 1956. After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Chemistry, he worked for Indianapolis Rubber Company as a Compound Chemist followed by working for Patch Rubber Company in Roanoke Rapids, NC and Ray Car Tires in Harrisonburg, VA. He worked for Nationwide Insurance for over the past 20 years.  Mike was an avid ice hockey enthusiast and a coach for the Valley Youth Ice Hockey Association in Roanoke, VA. He had a passion for fine wood working, restoring foreign cars, and skeet shooting. He will always be remembered by his family as a loving and devoted husband, father, and friend. At his request, Mike donated his body for medical research. The family wishes to sincerely thank all of the healthcare providers and staff of Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital, and Odyssey Healthcare. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make contributions to Odyssey Healthcare or a charity of your choice. A celebration of Mike’s life will be held at a later date.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jennifer Blackmon on 22nd December 2012

"It's hard to believe that a year has passed.  My brother in law Mike was an amazing man that is missed everyday by our family.  My love, thoughts, and prayers,  go out to Pam, Sean, and Lauren, today and everyday. I love you all.

This tribute was added by Michael Wolfberg on 14th July 2012

"Mike and I lived together while students at Indiana University. I have been searching for my long lost friend's (Mike & Pam)since we last parted ways in 1979. Today's discovery is a loss I cannot put into words. I extend my condolences to Pam, Sean and Lauren.
He was a great man and will be missed..."

This tribute was added by Fred Reese on 7th March 2012

"Pam, I can't even begin to tell you how saddened I am by the news of Mike's passing. Although we weren't close in these last years I always considered Mike a close friend. He brought to those around us a great deal of fum and compassion. Your wedding and the weekend around it were some of my best memories. I will always remember meeting your beautiful children at Jeff's Funeral my love to"

This tribute was added by Mark Stevens on 7th January 2012

"My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.  I, too, will remember Mike Johnston as a very friendly, helpful, and dedicated member of our Nationwide family.  It was obvious he was a man of good character and as others have stated, his cheerful nature could brighten anyone's day.  Godspeed my friend."

This tribute was added by Greg Hottinger on 5th January 2012

"Our thought's are with you!
I'm sorry to hear of Mikes passing.
Sincerely, Greg"

This tribute was added by Susan Linville on 5th January 2012

"I'm SO sorry to hear of Mikes passing...I went all thru school with him...very nice guy...always. Sincerely, Susan"

This tribute was added by Jo Ratchford Boyce on 5th January 2012

"Pam my prayers are with you and your family in your loss of Mike.  I was saddened to hear of his passing when I read about it in the paper today. I remember Mike with a smile on his face! Peace be with all of you."

This tribute was added by Steve Avila on 5th January 2012

"We grew up across the street from Michael.  He was a great friend to our family and so much fun to have in the neighborhood.  I recall he broke his ankle while sliding into second base playing Little League baseball  for West View School.   Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."

This tribute was added by april compton on 2nd January 2012

"To Pam and Family:
Mike was a great guy, a class act.  Please accept my condolences.  Mike will be missed."

This tribute was added by Becky Sauls on 30th December 2011

"Thoughts and prayers to his family.  He was a great person to work
with.  Very positive and a team player.  He will be missed."

This tribute was added by Alex Marshall on 29th December 2011

"There are no words that can express our sympathy. I will remember Mike as a great leader, friend & confidant.  He loved to help others & provided support, guidance or a helping hand whenever you needed one. More than anything else, I will miss his smile & his infectious laugh. He could turn any dark cloud with that laugh. Mike left a lasting impression on many lives & he will be missed."

This tribute was added by Jim Van Cleaf on 28th December 2011

"Prayers for a wonderful family from Mike's "hockey family" in Roanoke.  We will never forget his great personality, leadership, and willingness to help a friend in need."

This tribute was added by Chris Clark on 28th December 2011

"Pam, Sean and Lauren, so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I will always consider him a great friend. I had the most fun at the rink, when he was around. Either playing with or against him it was always an adventure. He brought such joy to the Rhino locker room every time he was there, laughing and smiling. He will be truly missed by all. God Bless,  Chris"

This tribute was added by Donna Bennett on 27th December 2011

"Mike was One of a Kind and will be Missed! I was honored to have worked for him in the fire & theft unit at NW and learned so much from him. He was so interesting to talk with and always have a great story to tell. I will never forget all the laughs that we all had with him. Mike was such a positive person and I feel so lucky to have known him."

This tribute was added by Jo Starcher on 27th December 2011

"So sad to lose one of the good ones. Mike was kind, generous, and one of the best guys around. He will be missed by many many people. My sincere sympathies to his family and co-workers."

This tribute was added by Carol Schwerin on 25th December 2011

"Hi Pam, Sean and Lauren,  I am so sorry to hear about Mike.  He was an amazing person.  He has touched so many lives and his spirit lingers on. I hope your memories of all the simple pleasures you knew as a family will bring you a deep and special sense of comfort.  You know he will be playing hockey in Heaven where there is no cancer or knee pain :)       Love and miss you all, Carol"

This tribute was added by Susan Clark on 25th December 2011

"So very sorry for your loss, but please know that Mike was such a wonderful person and will be missed by all. I didn't know him for as long as some, but from the day I met him he reminded me of my Dad. So every time I saw him it brought back memories for me. I will miss his laughter and friendliness forever. Love, Sue"

This tribute was added by Nancy Terrell on 25th December 2011

"My thoughts and prayers are with you Pam,and your family,during this difficult time. Love Nancy"

This tribute was added by ReBecca Franklin on 25th December 2011

"Guys, I'm so sorry for your loss! You dad was an AMAZING guy! I loved him as if he was my own dad!! My thoughts and prayers are with you all right now! If there is ANYTHING at all you need. Please feel free to ask! Love Becca"

This tribute was added by Emily Meador on 25th December 2011

"My thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. Mike was an encouragement to me, especially when he started having health problems. Mike never complained & always had a way of turning a negative into a positive. Cherish the memories in your heart forever. Mike loved his family & was always happy to share a story about his family. He was a special friend and will not be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Ashley Graham on 24th December 2011

"My prayer are with you and your family, Lauren. We spent may years in school together and you were blessed with a very loving father; that would want nothing more than you to succeed in life, and continue his memory and traditions. He will live on, always and forever, in your heart and memories.
Love Always, Ashley Keene Graham and Family"

This tribute was added by lisa dubois on 24th December 2011

"Our thought's are with you!"

This tribute was added by Jenni Woody on 24th December 2011

"Mike was the life of every neighborhoodl party. No one was without a corona in hand and a good story to hear whether about the kids, the spitfire or his next project.  He and Pam together changed my parents lives forever with their love and wonderful friendship.  He had great lessons in his stories and I see so much of him in the strong young adults Sean and Lauren have become. Love to all"

This tribute was added by Justin Miles on 24th December 2011

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Johnston Family in this difficult time. If there is anything my family or I can do please let me know. May God bless you all."

This tribute was added by john frantz on 24th December 2011

"I can't begin to adequately express my sympathy to Pam, Sean & Lauren on Mike's passing. I got to know Mike at VYH in Roanoke and while others would stand back and say what needed to happen, Mike was the one that would step up and take action. He was a great coach to those kids when they needed it most, and his contribution to their lives won't be forgotten. He will be missed!"

This tribute was added by Meredith Spencer on 24th December 2011

"I will always remember how mike drove Sean and I around because neither of us could drive yet, but I think I will remember his laugh most of all. His laugh could make you smile. My thoughts and prayers are with the Johnston family. If you all need anything please let me know.
Love Meredith"

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Pamela Johnston


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