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April 28, 2013

Robert Ivan Johnston

GREENSBURG — Robert Ivan Johnston, 65, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013. 

Bob was born on Oct. 11, 1947, in Meadville, the son of the late Wallace and Rebie Kightlinger Johnston of Meadville.

Bob was a 1970 graduate of Allegheny College and graduated from Duquesne University Law School in 1974. He became a partner at Tremba & Jelley, LLC in December of 2010.

From 1977 to 1980, Bob was a prosecutor for the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, and from 1980 to 1985, he was a prosecutor for the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office. Bob had extensive experience in personal injury cases, employment litigation, business and contract disputes, civil rights claims and administrative law matters. He also served as a mediator in various civil litigation matters, including lawyers professional liability cases as well as domestic relations matters.

Bob was involved in the Pennsylvania Bar Association annual Malpractice Avoidance Seminars, sharing insights gleaned from more than 15 years as hotline counsel to Pennsylvania lawyers. Bob was a trustee on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Insurance Trust and had served as zone governor for Zone 6. He was a longtime member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates and a former president of the Westmoreland County Bar Association and the Westmoreland County Academy of Trial Lawyers. He was also a founder of the Ned J. Nakles Inn of Court and served as its first president. In February of this year, Bob was presented with the Justice John P. Flaherty Award by the Conference of County Bar Leaders. This award recognizes the work of an association member for supporting the conference and legal profession, justice system and community. This May, Bob was to be presented with an award at the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s annual meeting for his many years of PBA service.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald, and his stepson, Scott Austin.

Surviving are his wife, Jacque; a son, Adam, and his wife, April, of Monroeville; granddaughter Taylor Austin, grandson Dylan Austin and their mother, Wendy Austin Lysaght; granddaughter, Brooke Johnston; a brother, James Johnston and his wife, Gail, of Cleveland, Ohio; a sister, Linda Higby and her husband, Doug, of Meadville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Kepple-Graft Funeral Home, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg.

A private prayer service for close family and friends will be held on Wednesday from the funeral home.

A memorial service to honor Bob’s life will be announced at a later date in May for family friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, 8801 Stenton Ave., Wyndmoor, Pa. 19038.

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