Dr. Kenneth Henry Johnston, of Amarillo, TX passed away with his family by his side at the age of 86 on June 19, 2020.
Services will be at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at Hillside Christian Church, with Greg Corona officiating. Burial will be private at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.
He was born on September 3, 1933 in Borger, Texas to Henry L. and Mildred Johnston. Following the death of his father he, along with his mother and younger brother, moved to Amarillo in 1936. He attended Amarillo Public Schools graduating from Amarillo High School in 1952.
He graduated from Amarillo College in 1954. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1956. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School, in Dallas, Texas, in 1959. He completed his internship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas from 1959-1960. He was on active duty status with the United States Naval Reserve from 1960-1962. He completed his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Oklahoma Hospital, Oklahoma City, from 1962-1966. He then went into private practice in orthopaedic medicine in Oklahoma City from 1966-1968. He moved to Amarillo in 1968 and opened his private practice in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Johnston served as Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Olin Teague Veteran’s Medical Center in Temple, Texas from 1983-1984. He also served on the faculty of Texas Tech Health Science Center from 1984-1985. He returned to private practice in 1985 and continued in this capacity until 1993. He received his Master of Business Administration in Health Care Administration from Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas, in 1993, and subsequently assumed the role and duties of Vice President of Medical Affairs at High Plains Baptist Hospital (currently BSA). He continued in this capacity until 2009, at which time he began semi-retirement. From 2009- 2012, he assumed the role of substitute teacher for the Amarillo Independent School District, teaching at all levels of education. Until his death, Dr. Johnston served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Military Entrance Processing Station in Amarillo, Texas, conducting physical examinations for male and female inductees entering the United State military forces.
Honorary and appointed volunteer service included serving as President of the Medical Staff of High Plains Baptist Hospital in 1974. Dr. Johnston also served as President of the Potter-Randall County Medical Society in 1987.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mildred and his stepfather, Burl Callaway; his brothers, William Johnston and Robert Callaway; and grandchildren, Chad Bledsoe and Erin O’Grady.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Gerrie; his children, Sherilyn (Delbert) New of Amarillo, Julie (Dolan) Murphy of Tyler, Jason (Dana) Johnston of Lubbock and Lara Heil of Amarillo; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; his sister, Rebecca (Walt) Peters of Hagerstown, Maryland; and his sister-in-law, Linda Johnston of Savannah, Georgia.
To those who knew him, he was kind, generous, slow to anger and quick to forgive, never had an unkind word to say to or about anyone and he loved the Lord. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him. He will forever be in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society.