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, Fla., 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, Fla., to Dayton Mountain in 1990 where he was the former owner and operator of 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; four daughters, Monika (Jay) Prestwood, and Michelle (Steve) Kelley, both of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., and Christina McMillin and Nicole Marler, both of Dayton Mountain; six grandchildren, Brynn McMillin, Nicholas Marler, Mitchell Kelley, Dylan Kelley, Peri Prestwood and Cole Prestwood; and brother Robert “Bobby” (Julie) Johnston, of Pompano Beach, Fla.
Funeral services for Duke will be held Monday, July 1, 2019, at 7 p.m. in the Vanderwall Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Fields officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Johnston Family Cemetery on Dayton Mountain.
Share memories of Duke on his online guest register at www.vanderwallfh.com.
The family is being cared for by Vanderwall Funeral Home where they will receive friends Monday, July 1, 2019, after 5 p.m.