William J. “Bill” Johnston

William J. “Bill” Johnston

January 10, 1936 – July 27, 2020


Retired Third Generation Omaha Funeral Director.

Preceded in death by wife, Colleen (O’Brien) Johnston.  Survived by many cousins and friends.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Thursday, July 30th from 4pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, July 31st, 10am, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church (3122 S. 74th St.)  INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to Creighton Prep, St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church or St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

To view a live broadcast of the Vigil and Mass, go to our website and click the View Live Cast button on our homepage.



  • Ray Williams Posted July 29, 2020 3:32 am

    To the family members of Bill – Thank you all for the gift of his friendship these many years. His service to so many will never be forgotten. Will be thinking of each of you in the days ahead.

  • Julie Labadie Posted July 29, 2020 7:59 am

    Our Sympathies to the family. We sure enjoyed getting to know Bill the short time we were with him. Rest in Peace.

  • Tom and Jan Kilker Posted July 29, 2020 8:17 am

    So very saddened to hear of Billy’s death. Best man in our wedding and old friend in life. We shall cherish the wonderful memories and remember all you have done for our family and never forget that laugh and cigar always ready to share! RIP Bill

  • Josie L. Ferro-Magistro Posted July 29, 2020 8:24 am

    My sincerest condolences to the members of Bill’s family. I have know Bill (uncle Bill) since I was a little girl. Bill was good friends with my Father and older brothers. He used to take my Dad and brother fishing in his boat and hunting with his dog. He was very much loved. He took care of many of my family members at the funeral home over the years. He was a workaholic. I wish he would have retired a lot sooner so he could of enjoyed a lot more of his life. He was a very caring and giving man. He helped many people over the years. God Bless you Uncle Bill and may God forever hold you in his arms.

    Love & Light,
    Josie Ferro-Magistro

  • Jim & Andre Curran Posted July 30, 2020 10:08 am

    You will be missed good friend, Jim & Andrea

  • John and Theresa Belknap Posted July 30, 2020 3:32 pm

    Bill was a dear friend for many years! We lived in two of his mortuaries while John attended Dental School Creighton university. So glad that John and I got to visit with Bill for several days a couple years ago. His site was almost gone then, but not his spunk!!!

  • Joseph Lupo Posted August 1, 2020 1:48 pm

    Bill was a great guy. I used to see him every summer while vacationing in Omaha.We always enjoyed visits with Bill and is mom. May he rest in peace

  • MARIE NAEGELE Posted August 2, 2020 2:06 pm

    My cousin Jenelle Sellers, Bill’s Step Father, wrote a wonderful eulogy. May Bill’s soul rest in peace. The video’s of the rosary and services provided was wonderful to view. We are sorry we are unable to attend in person. Bill and Jan O’Brien and Family.

  • Tina M Youngblood Posted August 7, 2020 8:52 pm


  • Jenelle Sellers Posted July 27, 2021 9:37 am

    It has been a year, Bill. I am sure you and mom are enjoying eternity together.

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