Phillip Elwin “Phil” Johnston, 83, of Eureka, died Friday, March 30, 2018, at the Kansas Christian Home in Newton.

He was born Dec. 12, 1934, in Yates Center, to Sidney Warren and Nina Cortelyou Johnston. He graduated from Eureka High School.

Mr. Johnston was an educator at numerous schools, including serving as principal at Kenneth Henderson Junior High School in Garden City in 1980 and as superintendent of schools for the Elkhart school district before retiring. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Reserve and the U.S. Navy.

On June 1, 1963, he married Ann Gordon in Eureka. She survives. Other survivors include two children, Kim Wiens of Shawnee, Okla., and Mike Johnston of Overland Park; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings, Laurene Harrod, Edith Pearson, Caroline Buchannan, Frank Johnston, Sidney Johnston, Irma McFall, Imogene Duncan and Leslie E. Johnston.

Funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Eureka. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka.

Visitation hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Koup Family Funeral Home in Eureka.

Condolences may be posted at In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Phillip E. Johnston Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of the funeral home, Box 595, Eureka, KS 67045.