Larry Johnston, 60

Larry G. Johnston, age 60, of Wauseon, passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family. Larry worked for General Motors for 38 years.  He was also a basketball official and softball umpire for the OHSAA and a member of UAW Local 14. He had a passion for athletics, as he coached softball, gave pitching lessons and actively followed the Defiance College Yellow Jackets and the University of Toledo Rockets.

Larry was born in Jackson, Michigan, on June 17, 1954, the son of Virgil and Barbara (Myers) Johnston, Jr. On June 19, 1976 he married Debbie McCaskey, and she survives. Larry attended North Clinton Mennonite Church in Wauseon.

Besides his wife Debbie, surviving are daughters, Jennifer (Charlie) Bryan of Philadelphia, PA, and Justine Johnston of Wauseon; grandson, Cooper Bryan; brothers, Norm (Angie) Johnston of Surfside, SC and Jim (Diane) Johnston of Macomb, MI; brothers and sister-in-laws, Dan and Kym McCaskey of Adrian, MI, Chuck and Deanne Stock of St. Charles, MO, Doug and Amy McCaskey of Sylvania, OH, mother and father-in-law, Charles and Grace McCaskey of Morenci, MI, aunt, Betty Ayers of Adrian, MI, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.  He was preceded in death by both of his parents.

Larry was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather and loyal friend, but to all a HERO for his hard fought, courageous battle with brain cancer. His focus always remained on his family and his undying faith.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. on Thursday and from 2:00 – 8:00 P.M. on Friday at North Clinton Mennonite Church, where the funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, with Pastors Brad Faler and Glenn Coblentz officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the NWOAL Line Drives for Larry Athletic Scholarship Fund. Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon has been entrusted with arrangements.

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