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David R. Johnstone

November 21, 1946 - December 30, 2021

David R. Johnstone, age 75, of Smyrna, DE, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 30, 2021.

Born in Louisville, KY, on November 21, 1946, he was a son of the late Ross and Katherine (Hocke) Johnstone. David worked as a truck driver for Lankford Sysco for many years. In his spare time, he was an avid golfer, and enjoyed watching his teams, the Eagles and the Phillies, play. David loved his “Pootsie Girl”, Gail, for 53 wonderful years. More than anything, he especially adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his grandson, Joshua Spence. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Gloria Gail (Barrett) Johnstone; daughters, Kimberly Johnstone, Kelly Spence (Robert), and Toni Moore; grandchildren, Robert Spence, Jr. (Kellie), Mallory Stevens (Garry), David Spence, II (Heidi), Kelsie Spence, Morgan Lewis, and Andrew Lewis; great-grandchildren, Scarlett Stevens, Brycen Spence, Gentry Spence, and Jack Stevens.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 12 pm on Thursday, January 6, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 12 pm. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.  

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  • Words fail to express my sorrow for your loss please know you are in my thoughts.

  • My deepest condolences for your family sending prayers and love to you all

  • Condolences and comfort to the family. May you cherish all the beautiful memories. Love, Helen

  • Sorry for loss sending you hugs.Anytime you need anything just call. I will keep you all in my prayers. Love Linda

  • My deepest sympathies for Gail and the family. We shared many, many great times together.

  • Condolences to Gail,Kim and Toni whom I’ve known from long past. May God be with you all each day!

  • Our family has known Dave for many many years. My husband actually taught him how to drive a tractor trailer many years ago. A good man that will be missed by many. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.🙏🙏🙏

  • I am very sorry for the loss of your dad. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family. ❤️❤️🤣🙏🏻

  • I am very sorry for the loss of your Dad. Love, thoughts and prayers. ❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Kim and Toni, I am truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. God Bless 🙏

  • Sorry for the loss of Mr j 😢 know that our hearts are heavy along side you all going to miss his talks and the way he tackled life by the horns love you all and know the bible says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord know Mr j is in the best hands anyone of us could pray for love you all

  • Dave was like a brother to my family. A good man and his memory will not be forgotten.

  • Kim, Toni and Family…
    I am so very sorry for the loss of your Dad! Sending Hugs and prayers for healing! Love you guys, Erin