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Duke Johnston

Dudley “Duke” Dwight Johnston, 70, of Dayton Mountain, passed away Friday morning, June 28, 2019 at his home on Dayton Mountain. He was born on July 26, 1948 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the son of the late Dudley and Elisabeth (Von Der Grun) Johnston.

Duke was a high school graduate of Ft. Lauderdale High School Class of 1966. He then earned his bachelor’s degree at Florida State University. Duke was a police officer, then detective and after 25 years of service, he retired in 1990 from the Light House Point, Florida Marine Patrol. He comes from a family of police officers including his father, brother and uncle.  Duke moved from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Dayton Mountain in 1990 where he was the former owner and operator of the New Harmony Grocery and Deli  and the former owner and operator of Multiple Stone Rock Quarry on Dayton Mountain. Duke enjoyed the outdoors and being in the woods.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Renate (Grabke) Johnston of Dayton Mountain; his four daughters, Monika (Jay) Prestwood, Michelle (Steve) Kelley, both of Soddy Daisy, Christina McMillin and Nicole Marler, both of Dayton Mountain; his six grandchildren, Brynn McMillin, Nicholas Marler, Mitchell Kelley, Dylan Kelley, Peri Prestwood and Cole Prestwood; and his brother Robert “Bobby” (Julie) Johnston of Pompano Beach, Florida.

Funeral services for Duke were held Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. John Fields officiating. He was laid to rest in the Johnston Family Cemetery on Dayton Mountain.

Please share your memories of Duke on his online guest register at

The family is being cared for by the Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton.

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