Posted: Sep 10, 2013 2:08 PM by Obiturary
Eric Cameron Johnston, 42, of Bozeman, Montana, loving husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend, took his life on August 17, 2013, in Laurel, Montana. He was born on May 4, 1971, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Cameron and Jeanette (Westberg) Johnston. He grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin and enjoyed spending time at the family cabin in northern Wisconsin. He graduated in 1989 from Waukesha North High School and went on to study at Carroll University, Nicolet Area Technical College, and Montana State University-Bozeman. Eric also spent several years living, working, and experiencing the outdoors in northern Idaho.
Eric met Erin Catherine Meyer, the love of his life, on December 26, 2004. They relocated to Montana in August 2005. They were married on September 8, 2012, at Cordelia Lutheran Church in Genesee, Idaho, surrounded by family. The ceremony was officiated by Eric's father.
Eric is survived by his wife, Erin Meyer of Bozeman, Montana; parents, Cameron and Jeanette Johnston of Moscow, Idaho; sister, Siri (Randy) Ward of Troy, Idaho; sister, Mia Johnston Ellsworth of Moscow, Idaho; uncle, Delwyn Westberg of Colorado Springs, Colorado; aunt, Olive Blake of Campton, New Hampshire; niece and nephews, Gabriel, Britta, and Skylar Wright of Troy, Idaho, and Forrest and Reed Ellsworth of Moscow, Idaho; father and mother-in-law, Greg and Teri Lyn Meyer of Rhinelander, Wisconsin; sister-in-law, Leslie Meyer of Duluth, Minnesota; and brother-in-law, Benjamin Meyer (Jessi Havel) of San Francisco, California.
He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Cameron Johnston and Myrtle (Berg) Johnston; maternal grandparents, Per Olof Westberg and Nellie (Peterson) Westberg; uncles, Rollyn Johnston, Henning Westberg, Arthur Westberg, Walter Westberg, Hilding Westberg; and aunt, MaryAnn Michelsen.
Eric was a passionate, funny, and gentle person, and appreciated the beauty and humor in everything around him including nature, knowledge, music, art, and people. He was an athlete, musician, philosopher, outdoorsman, and animal lover. To know Eric was to love him. He saw the best in everyone he met and his sense of empathy and justice was unparalleled. He dearly loved his two rescue cats, Cheryl and Joan.
A celebration of Eric's life is planned for October 13, 2013 at Cordelia Lutheran Church in Genesee, Idaho. Donations in Eric's memory may be made to the Chelsea Bailey Butte Silver Bow Animal Shelter, 699 Centennial, Butte, Montana 59701.
May you dream you are dreaming, in a warm soft bed
And may the voices inside you that fill you with dread
Make the sound of thousands of angels instead
Tonight where you might be laying your head. (Patty Griffin)