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Robert L. Johnston “Bob” died on July 31, 2022, at his home. He was born on January 20, 1935, in Marshall, Texas to Eliza Wright and Walter Leonard. At an early age, he was raised by his cousins, Walter and Louise Johnston in Jefferson, Texas, whom he also knew as his parents. His parents, five brothers, and two sisters preceded him in death. In 1953, he moved to Kansas City, Mo., where he attended school at Manual and RT Coles High schools. He eventually graduated from Sumner High school in Kansas City, Kas. After a brief stay in the U.S. Navy, he married the love of his life, Ida Roby in 1964. Robert and Ida had a long happy and enjoyable life together where they loved to go on joy rides and road trips. To this union a son was born. He worked for various companies such as Cygans Corporation and American Cyanimid before working for Butler Manufacturing company. He retired in 1998, from Butler after 22 years of employment. Not being a person to simply “retire,” he soon returned to work again at Butler as a contractor, where he was known as “Bob,” “Butler Bob,” or “Mr. Butler.” Johnston enjoyed taking on fix-it projects…he was known as Mr. Fix-It Man, he was self-taught and exceptionally good. Whether it would be building a work shed, fixing a roof, building a fence, working on a car, or landscaping the yard…this was how he relaxed. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, watching old western movies, history programs, watching the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, and you could also find him sitting on his porch drinking coffee and having a cigarette. Johnston was a great family man who loved his wife of 58 years, his son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren, as well as extended family. He was not only a provider for his immediate family but also for his extended family where he treated his nieces and nephews like his own children. He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Ida Roby-Johnston; son, Prentice Johnston Sr. (Tonya); two grandchildren, Ilyssa Johnston and Prentice Johnston Jr., all of Kansas City, Mo.; two brothers, Ray Brooks (Nell) of Longview, Texas; Danny Ray Leonard (Christina) of Marshall, Texas; seven sisters, Shirley Ransom of Houston, Shirley Bennett of Long Beach, Cal.; Jewel Benoit of Bakersfield, Cal.; Shelia (Joseph) Fisher, Patricia Johnson, and Darlene Leonard all of Marshall, Texas; Jennette Daniels (Terry) of Tyler, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Services for Johnston will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, at 11 a.m., at the E.S. Eley & Sons Funeral chapel. Burial, Brooking cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m., until service time Saturday at the chapel. Services provided by E. S. Eley & Sons Funeral chapel.