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Robert William “Bill” Johnston, 74, a Korean War veteran and RV salesman, died in his sleep at 4 a.m. May 6, 2013, in his home.
He was born June 17, 1932, in Helena to Mary Roselda Coram and Andrew Wallace Johnston. The youngest of six children, he was raised in Helena and graduated from Helena High School in 1951.
The same year he graduated from high school, he enlisted in the Navy Reserve and was on active duty in 1953-56, serving as a fire controller on the USS John A. Bole during the Korean War. He received an honorable discharge in 1957.
On June 2, 1954, he married Leona Pisk in Hollywood, Calif. When he returned from active duty, he and his brother Andy owned and operated their car business, Johnston Motors, and later added RV sales to the business.
He learned the product by using it, so he and his wife traveled the country, visiting Mexico, Arizona, California and Washington.
In 1973 he took his last drink and joined Alcoholics Anonymous.
They moved to Billings in 1997 to be with their granddaughters, Chelsia and Cassidy.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Carmen Leach; two granddaughters; and a sister, Margaurite Wildey of Yucca Valley, Calif.
Services will be at 1 p.m. July 3 at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home & Crematory in Helena. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of local arrangements.