James H. "Jimmy" Johnston, 55 of Findlay, peacefully passed away into heaven surrounded by loved ones at 1:05 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. He was born on March 4, 1965 in Findlay to James and JoAnn (Harold) Johnston and they survive. He married Dawn M. VanAtta on March 7, 2011 and she survives.
James is also survived by his four children: David Johnston of Belcamp, Maryland, Heather (Andrew) Borsos of Bowling Green, Nikki Johnston of Findlay, and James (Danielle) Johnston, Jr. of Findlay; and grandchildren: Kylie, Wyliam, Vincent, Benjamin, Elizabeth and Madison.
James is also survived by his brothers and sister: Jeffery (Debbie) Johnston of Findlay, Joseph (Molly) Johnston of Findlay, Ruthie (Cary) Vucinich of Scottsdale, Arizona, Jason (Jennifer) Johnston of Findlay, and Timmy (Lori) Workman of Delbarton, WV, along with 11 nieces and nephews.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Harold and Ruth Johnston, maternal grandparents James Harold and Madgie Sparks; his granddaughter Riley Jo Johnston; a special aunt Barbara Ziessler; and special cousin David Faust.
Jimmy graduated from Findlay High School in 1983. As a skilled fabricator and welder his employment career spanned numerous companies across multiple states. He was a deacon at the Forest Church of God in Forest, Ohio.
His hobbies were many as he loved building and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles and working on pick-up trucks. He was a bit of a soft-hearted rebel and the family loved him even if he rooted for Michigan and occasionally voted for candidates on the other side of the aisle. Although a less than average life span, Jimmy did not live an average life.
He traveled where he wanted to travel, worked where he wanted to work, laughed with whom he had the chance, learned what he wanted to learn, fixed what he wanted to fix, loved who he wanted to love, and was the kind of guy who would have given you the shirt off of his back. He took many trips across America on his bike with friends and quite simply put, Jimmy loved to have a "good time"!
Visitation will be held from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Findlay First Assembly of God, 124 Ash Avenue, Findlay, Ohio. A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Rev. James Robinette and Rev. Glen Hammons officiating. Private burial will be held at Knollcrest Gardens, just east of Findlay. Memorials can be made to the family in care of Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home, 500 Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.