Carl B. Johnston
Kearney, NE., Carl B. Johnston, 82 died Monday, April 1, 2013 at Mt. Carmel Home in Kearney. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. April 12 at First Lutheran Church in Kearney. The Revs. Eric Lesher and Rebecca McDermott will officiate. Inurnment will be in the church columbarium. An additional memorial service will be held 11 a.m. April 13 at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church in Omaha. The Rev. Dean Bard will officiate in Omaha. Memorials are suggested to the church or the UNK Athletic Department. On-line condolences may be submitted to osrfh.com. O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home of Kearney is in charge of arrangements.
He was born October 26, 1930 in Kearney to Carl and Theckla (Peters) Johnston. He grew up in Kearney and graduated from Kearney High School in 1948. On May 30, 1950 he married Mae Marie Johnston in Las Vegas, NV. Carl worked 17 years in Alaska for Peter Kiewit Co. as camp manager, baker for the state of Alaska in various places, including Fire Island in the Arctic Ocean. He came home to Nebraska and ran a carpet cleaning business in Bellevue for 33 years before moving to Omaha, where they managed DeFreese Manor (a retirement home) for 19 years. He retired in 2001 and they moved back to Kearney.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Kearney, Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church in Omaha, and the Eagles Club. He was a devoted Husker fan and loved traveling to all 50 states. In 1965, he appeared on “I’ve Got a Secret”.
Survivors include his wife, Mae of Kearney; sons, Bernard (Sharon) of Apex, NC, Carl (Kim) of Oviedo, FL, Bill (Patty) of Centennial, CO and John of Kearney; daughters, Susan Counsell of Augusta, GA and Sharon West (Jim) of Omaha; 13 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; brother-in-law, James B. Johnston, Jr. of Omaha, many nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; step father, William Sander; 1 brother; 5 sisters; 9 brothers-in-law; 7 sisters-in-law; a step brother and a step sister.
O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home
4115 Ave N
Kearney, Nebraska 308-234-3500