Obituary for Clarence E. Johnston Jr.
Clarence E. “Bud” Johnston, Jr., 73, of Millerstown and formerly of Hummelstown, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, in the Manor at Perry Village with his soul mate, Nancy, by his side.
Bud was one of five children; born on May 4, 1943 to Clarence and Esther Bordner Johnston in Rockville, PA. Raised in Heckton, he went on to graduate from Central Dauphin High School before receiving a job at Pennsy Supply. While at Pennsy, Bud worked his way up the ladder; retiring after 51 years of employment as a driller and blaster supervisor. He was a hard working man, and in his earlier years devoted his spare time to coaching Little League in Hummelstown. His greatest passion in life was dirt track racing, traveling with Nancy, and enjoying the company of their beloved parrots, Peaches and Charlie. The best part of Bud’s day was seeing the wildlife while mowing the property; he was elated to witness the eagles dive for fish in the water or see them soar through the trees by his home. Many hours were spent on his deck watching the eagles and wild geese make themselves at home on the farm. Bud truly had a presence; you knew when he entered or left a room, and he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Nancy wishes to thank all the close friends, visitors, and caregivers for their help and support in caring for Bud, and their never-ending prayers during his illness.
Bud leaves behind the love of his life, Nancy Schlegel; close family friend, David; Bud’s two children, Vikki Lynn Johnston of Hummelstown, and Stephen Paul Johnston of Hershey; two brothers, Keith Johnston of Dauphin and Lester Johnston of Camp Hill; and countless friends. In addition to his parents, Bud joins those who have gone before him, a sister, Carol, and brother, Kevin.
A service to celebrate Bud’s life will be held Saturday, September 10, 2016, at 11 AM in the Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, with Chaplain Marshall Sanders, officiating. Friends are invited to visit with the family at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 AM until time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in Bud’s memory, to honor his passion for racing, to the Injured Drivers Fund, c/o York County Racing Club, 568 Yale Street, York, PA 17403.
Online condolences may be shared at www.trefzandbowser.com.