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Pastor Dennis Johnston

June 22, 1961 July 1, 2019
Pastor Dennis Johnston
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Obituary for Pastor Dennis Johnston

Dennis Ray Johnston, son of Rev. Silas and Phyllis (Raney) Johnston, was born June 22, 1961, in Springfield, Missouri, and went to his Heavenly home July 1, 2019 in El Dorado Springs, Missouri. He was 58 years and 9 days of age.

Dennis was saved at the age of nine in a church in Ohio and began preaching the Gospel at the age of seventeen. He was united in marriage to Leana Thomas on October 4, 1980, in the Trinity Free Will Baptist Church of Cabool, Missouri. Four children were born to this union.

Dennis had a passion for serving Jesus Christ and spreading the Gospel message. He took God’s calling on his life serious and was always looking for opportunities to lead others to the Lord. He loved serving as pastor and had served at several different churches over the years including New Hope Free Will Baptist of Ava, Missouri, Union Chapel Free Will Baptist of Mountain Grove, Missouri, Tyrone Free Will Baptist of Tyrone, Missouri, Skyline Full Gospel of Skyline, Missouri, Calvary General Baptist of West Plains, Missouri, Peach Tree General Baptist of Piedmont, Missouri, and Beverly Park General Baptist of Rockford, Illinois. At the time of his passing, Dennis was serving as pastor at Bethel Free Will Baptist of El Dorado Springs, Missouri.

Dennis also enjoyed playing bluegrass music. One of the highlights in his life was playing with his family for 4 years at Silver Dollar City. He was very proud of his upbringing and made sure to pass on the heritage of bluegrass gospel music that his parents instilled in him to his children.

Dennis was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and playing golf. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren. Many wonderful memories have been made over the years with various friends and family. He leaves behind a multitude of family and friends that were blessed by knowing him, but most importantly, blessed because he shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Rev. Silas Johnston and an infant son.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Leana Johnston of the home, one son, Matthew Johnston and wife, Taleah, of Sarcoxie, Missouri, two daughters, Stacy Brown and husband, Josh, of Rogersville, Missouri, and Chelsea Davis and husband, Izaak, of Branson, Missouri, six grandchildren, Sylvia, Maelena, Omigie, Silas, Paisley, and Zane, his mother, Phyllis Wade of Mountain Grove, Missouri, one brother, Alan Johnston and wife, Linda, of Rogersville, Missouri, and Bonnie McGownd and husband, Derwin, of Mountain Grove, Missouri, and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss him greatly.

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6:00 PM 7/2/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/2/2019 8:00:00 PM
Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home

315 N Main St
Mountain Grove, MO 65711

Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home
315 N Main St Mountain Grove 65711 MO
United States

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2:00 PM 7/3/2019 2:00:00 PM
Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home

315 N Main St
Mountain Grove, MO 65711

Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home
315 N Main St Mountain Grove 65711 MO
United States

Cemetery Details


Pleasant Home Cemetery Final Resting Place

South Highway 95
Drury, MO 65638

South Highway 95 Drury 65638 MO
United States

Memorial Contribution

Gideons Internation c/o the funeral home


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