Benjamin Keith Johnston

Benjamin Keith Johnston passed away in Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Salmon Arm on the evening of Friday, June 10, 2005 at the age of 79 years.

The funeral service was held from the Broadview Evangelical Free Church, Salmon Arm, on Tuesday morning, June 14th at 11:00 a.m. with Ministers Blair Roberts and Sam Tumlinson officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Ida Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: Gerry Luchtmeijer, Gordon Parmenter, John Murray, Dave Myers, Lyle Roberts and Don Krebs.

A reception followed at the church, allowing the many friends to continue sharing memories with the family.

Ben was a lifetime resident of Deep Creek, born in Enderby, BC on January 8, 1926 to Andrew and Olga Johnston. His grandfather Richard Johnston and family had arrived at Enderby in 1912.

Ben lived an active life with a passion for farming (his whole life), logging, church, baseball, cross cut sawing and reading. He partnered with his twin brother Dick until Dick’s passing in 1984; he then continued the partnership with Dick’s son, Richard, until Ben’s death on Friday evening.

When Ben was not farming or logging, he invested time in the Deep Creek 4-H Dairy/Calf club as a leader for 15 years. He was also a director for the local advisory planning committee and was a member of Deep Creek Farmer’s Institute; performing duties in all capacities. Ben was an active member of the Salmon Arm Church of Christ, serving many years as secretary/treasurer. His most outstanding athletic achievement was in partnership with his brother, Dick. Together they delighted local audiences for 20 years from 1943 on, as constant winners in the two man cross-cut sawing competitions in loggers’ sports.

Predeceased by his father, Andrew in 1970, mother, Olga in 1982, twin brother, Andrew (Dick) in 1984, younger brother, Howard in 2001, infant sister, Lorna Beryl in 1937, and his niece, Verna Kohari in 1991.

Ben leaves his loving family, sister Lois Sperling of Aldergrove, sisters-in-law Betty Johnston of Edmonton and Dale Johnston of Salmon Arm; 13 nieces and nephews.

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