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Recent Obituary: Norman George Johnston

Norman George Johnston of Chelsea, age 92, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 at Chelsea Retirement Community Towsley Village; after a long and valiant battle with vascular dementia.

He was born Sept. 23, 1929 in Jackson, Michigan, the son of George Miles and Faye (Corley) Johnston.

Norman graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1947, and earned an Agricultural Degree from Michigan State University. He served in the United States Army from 1951-1953. Norman was a master level machinist, spending 34 years at the University of Michigan’s Chemistry Department, enabling important research and assisted in educating generations of students. 

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dexter, and served on several ministries. Upon retirement he continued to use his machinist skills as a hobby producing working model engines and other intricate projects. Norm was loved for his quick wit, ability to fix anything, and devotion to family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Oct 25, 11:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Village Church, 3450 Dover Street in Dexter, with Fr. Brendan J. Walsh presiding. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Dexter. The family will receive friends Sunday 2-4 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.

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