Gerry S. Johnston June 17, 1938 - November 3, 2019
Gerry S. Johnston, 81, of Allentown, PA, passed away Sunday, November 3rd, with his entire family by his side.
The only child of Mary G. (Starr) and Russell S. Johnston, he was a 1956 graduate of Allentown High School and served honorably in the United States Army Reserves. He was the former husband of Lorraine A. Johnston of Allentown, and the longtime companion of Ann B. Sousa until her passing in April 2012. He is survived by his Scottish Terrier and canine companion, Sophie Jane.
A loving and supportive father to Susan Schmidt of Emmaus, Sallie Zahour (Gregg) of Schnecksville, Scott of Allentown, and Steven (Michelle) of Kailua-Kona, HI; Proud Pop Pop to Maria, Ben and Katherine Schmidt, Nicole Schieck (Josiah), Lauren and Gregg Zahour, Ariel Sumpter, Nicholas and Noelani Johnston; Great Grandpop to Millie and Eli Schieck; and friend to many.
During his years of employment at Valley Distributing Co, Coca Cola Bottling Co, and PepsiCo, he was well known in grocery stores all over the Lehigh Valley for his friendly nature, signature cackle, and infectious spirit. A loyal Emmaus Green Hornets and New England Patriots fan, he was a season ticket-holder to the latter, regularly driving over five hours to Foxborough, MA for home games in his younger years.
He will be dearly missed by many.
A memorial service wearing your favorite sports paraphernalia will be held at 5:30PM, Friday, November 8th, at Stephens Funeral Home, Inc. 274 N Krocks Road, Allentown, PA. Calling hours 4:00 – 5:30 PM prior to the service. Donations in Gerry’s memory can be made to Emmaus Youth Association, PO Box 646, Emmaus, PA 18049.
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