Gerald Johnston

Gerald A. Johnston

Thursday, December 28th, 1944 - Friday, April 5th, 2019
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Gerald A. Johnston, age 74, of Trenton, IL, passed from this life on Friday, April 5, 2019 at his residence. He was born December 28, 1944 in East St. Louis, IL.

Jerry graduated from Belleville High School and was an O’Fallon resident for many years. He retired from civil service as a CH-47 Helicopter Quality Assurance Specialist for the U.S. Army in Huntsville, AL and a C-9 Aircrew Maintenance Technician after 27 years of service to the USAF Reserves at Scott AFB, IL.

Jerry’s lifelong hobby was his love of hot rods, in particular, the classic Chevrolet automobile that he shared with his many friends in the Okaw Valley Classic Chevrolet Club for over 33 years.

Jerry was the hero of his children and grandchildren. He was the love and joy of his beloved wife, Judith A. (nee Johnston), whom he married on September 3, 1966 in O’Fallon.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Myrtle J. (nee Luden) Johnston; mother-in-law, Bonita V. Johnston; and sister-in-law, Gina K. (nee Johnston) Bailor.

Surviving are his wife, Judy; father-in-law, Walter L. Johnston; children, Matthew (Beth) Johnston of Shiloh, IL and Melanie A. Crossen of Trenton, IL; grandchildren, Jonathon, Ashley, Dylan, Savannah, Cameron; and great-granddaughter, Autumn.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children at or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at Condolences may be extended to the family online at

A celebration of life will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 South Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon, IL 62269.

Private graveside services will be held at O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 11th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, April 11th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Schildknecht Funeral Home
    301 S. Lincoln Avenue
    O'Fallon, Illinois 62269
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  • Interment

    Friday, April 12th, 2019 |
    Friday, April 12th, 2019
    O'Fallon City Cemetery
    600 North Oak
    O'Fallon, Illinois 62269
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Douglas Phillips

Posted at 05:02pm
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Ken and Carol Scheibel

Posted at 09:05pm
So sorry to learn of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Melissa & Joanne Korba

Posted at 11:08pm
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