In Memoriam: Mackie Johnston ’55

1955_JohnstonThe Missouri Military Academy community is mourning the loss of alumnus and former Alumni Association president Mackie Johnston ’55, who served as the 1955 Battalion Commander and graduated a highly decorated cadet. He passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at the LaBelle Manor Care Center in LaBelle, Missouri.


Johnston was an outstanding cadet and a loyal alumnus. His cadet achievements included, but were not limited to, the Legion of Honor, Hooten Fellowship Cup, the Charles I. Wall Cup for service, Meritas Plaque for discipline, best athlete and the Red Ireland “Fighting Heart” trophy. He also served as captain of the baseball team and president of Delta Phi, the Academy’s academic honor society.


A welcomed presence at Homecoming each year, Johnston’s fellowship and brotherhood extended beyond his classmates to all alumni, faculty, staff and cadets. He was well-liked and admired by all who knew him.


Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.

Visitation will be after 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 21, 2015, with the family greeting friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Newark Cemetery, in Newark, Missouri.


An expression of sympathy in memory of Mackie Johnston may be left to the Newark Cemetery Association. A memorial may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home 208 N. 4th Street, Edina, Missouri 63537.


He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Johnston of Newark, Missouri; a daughter, Lori Lee and her husband Chris Walker of Shawnee, Kansas; a sister, Connie B. and her husband Jerry Davis of Petersburg, Illinois; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends, he never met a stranger.