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Ardel Eugene Johnston
April 1, 1932 ~ September 28, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Ardel Eugen Johnston of Gig Harbor, WA passed away from this life the morning of September 28, 2023, at the age of 91 after a short and courageous fight with cancer. He was surrounded by his wife and 4 of his 11 children.
Ardel was born in Glendive, Montana on April 1, 1932. His family moved to California when he was 5 years old. In high School (Class of 1950), he was a multi-sport athlete and excelled in track. In honor of his athletic achievements, Ardel was inducted into the Atascadero Greyhound Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. After high school, Ardel served in the Air Force for 3 years. In 1953, he moved to Washington State where he spent the rest of his life. In his younger years, Ardel held a variety of trade jobs and sales positions. He worked for the Tacoma School District until his retirement in 1994.
Ardel is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sandy, and his children, Christine McRae (Olympia, WA) Janice Sander (Graham, WA), George Johnston (Forks, WA), Lori Williams (Kittridge, CO), Kim Johnston (Chicago, IL), Kent Johnston (Houston, TX), Kasey Johnston (Mt. Vernon, WA), Kathy Strand (Edmonds, WA), Cindy Hinkle (Dupont, WA), Greg Nichols (Tonopah, AZ), Julie Nichols (Lacey, WA). His children blessed him with 27 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.
Ardel had a strong faith in Jesus. He was a giving soul and an active member in his church. He was devoted to his family and friends and was often described as generous, determined, loving, and respectful. Ardel poured much love into his many children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and loving wife, Sandy. In retirement, he loved to golf, work out at the Y, and walk his dog.
Ardel lived a full life. He loved others in the spirit of Jesus, and Ardel was loved and appreciated in return.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 13th at 1pm at the Harbor Covenant Church, 4901 Gustafson Drive NW, Gig Harbor, WA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to a charity of your choice.