Lewis T. Johnston

Lewis T. Johnston, age 89, of Deer River, MN, passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 at Maplewoods Assisted Living, Deer River, MN.

Lew was born in 1930 to Raymond and Ruth Johnston in Minneapolis, MN. Mr. Johnston served in the Minnesota National Guard. He met his wife, Ginny, at the University of Minnesota as undergrads. Lewis and Virginia “Ginny” Dunn were united in marriage on December 27, 1952. Lewis served as an Episcopal Priest in southwestern Minnesota and Duluth, MN prior to moving to Kansas City, MO where he built St. Peter’s Chapel to a thriving church congregation over 25 years. A lifelong servant to the Church and the Greater Community of Kansas City, he partnered with St. Joseph Hospital and the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet to build a 600+ bed level 3 urgent care Hospital in South Kansas City. St. Peter’s and St. Joseph’s hospital continue to serve the Greater Kansas City area to this day.

Following his retirement, Lew and Ginny moved to Lawrence, KS and later to the Cohasset/Grand Rapids area. He and Ginny built their vacation cabin at Deer Lake, MN. They created many fond memories during the summer months over 60 years. Lewis was an avid woodworker and carver of mantles. His sermons, skills, short stories and subtle sarcasm will be missed.

Preceded in death by his parents and brother, Frank Johnston.

Lewis is survived by his wife, Dr. Virginia “Ginny” Johnston; his children, Deborah (Daniel) Ramlow of Duluth, MN, Jeffrey (Jackie) Johnston of Waconia, MN and Elizabeth “Lisa” (Bill) Dorn of Grand Rapids, MN; eight grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Services will be held at a later dates at Christ Episcopal Church Grand Rapids and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Kansas City.

Memorials are preferred to Christ Episcopal Church, 520 N. Pokegama Ave., Grand Rapids, MN 55744 or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 100 East Red Bridge Road, Kansas City, MO.

Direct condolences to Ginny can be sent to Maplewoods PO Box 300 Deer River, MN 56636.

Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

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