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Ben Andrew Johnston
November 23, 1998 - May 7, 2017

Place of Birth: Williston, ND
Residence: Watford City, ND
Age: 18

Ben Johnston, 18, of Watford City, ND, was called home to his Heavenly Father on Sunday, May 7, 2017 in Watford City. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Watford is assisting the family.

Ben Andrew Johnston was born November, 23 1998 in Williston, North Dakota to very loving parents Robert and Marlai (Fitzgerald) Johnston. Ben walked in the hands of the Lord, his Savior, and Jesus Christ, on May 7, 2017, at the young age of 18. Loved by many, including his mom, dad, aunts, uncles, great aunts, great uncles, grandparents, cousins, classmates, teachers, and his friends.

Ben was named after his great uncle Ben Johnston and great grandfather Andrew Johnston. Living up to both his great uncle's name’s, being known as a hardworking young man, respectable, caring, and above all treating others the way he wanted to be treated. Being the only child and having no siblings he grew up on his parent’s ranch, taking care of his home that he loved.

He currently attended Watford City High School, where he developed many loving friends and great relations among the staff and teachers of the high school. They said he always walked in the halls with a big smile on his face and a positive attitude. His girlfriend, Ashley Barnett, had a special table that they always ate at for lunch at the school cafeteria. Ben was involved in activities such as welding, mechanics, 4-H and FFA. Ben recently earned the FFA Chapter Degree and was proud to be a member of this organization.

In his short life he made impression on all those who met him. On his bus rides to school, he made many lasting friendships. Ben was always a good listener to both his parents and friends. He was always handy, being able to fix anything and working with the animals around the ranch. He loved driving his truck around the fields, on the road, and sometimes even in circles. His horse, Chester and dog, Cowboy will remain missing Ben’s presence. Ben had big hopes and dreams for his future, but now will forever remain a “Good ol’ boy”.

Proceeding in death are: Morris & Leah (Milkey) Fitzgerald (Great Granparents), Ted & Annie (Helmers) Hansen (Great Grandparents), Elaine (Hansen) Keith (great aunt), Kenny & Tody (Hansen) Johnson (Great uncle & aunt), Eunice (Hansen) Hembree (Great Aunt), Merlyn Ellingson (Great foster uncle), Carroll & Delores (Rehberg) Johnston (paternal grandparents), Ben Johnston (Great-Great Uncle), Albert and Olga (Gegelman) Rehberg (Great Grandparents), Andrew & Leva (Thompson) Johnston (Great Grandparents).

Those who survive Ben are: Robert and Marlai (Fitzgerald), parents, Dave & Judy (Hansen) Fitzgerald (maternal grandparents), Aunts & Uncles: Brad & Dawn (Richards) Fitzgerald, Nathan & Kathy (Pies) Fitzgerald, Pat & Jennifer (Johnson) Fitzgerald, Lanny & Linda (Johnston) Gabbert, Derek & Jodi (Johnston) McKinzie. His cousins: Hailey, Brett, Hannah, Brian, Keagan, Colten Fitzgerald, Layne(Alexis) Gabbert, Lorin Gabbert, Emma & Ryan McKinzie. Foster brothers: Sheldon Locke and Josh Wood and numerous second cousins on both sides of the family.


Memorial Contribution
All donations and memorials can be directed to the Watford City High FFA Scholarship Fund or North Dakota Stockman Association
Thank You
The Family would like to thank Watford City High School for all of their support.

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Dale & Vicki Karpyak
May 9, 2017
So, so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dale & Vicki
Brad and Cindy Wollan (Watford City)
May 9, 2017
we are so sorry to hear about Ben may god comfort you in this time of sorrow. rest in peace Ben
Nevin and Laura Dahl (Watford City, North Dakota)
May 9, 2017
Our hearts are aching as we lift you up in our prayers for comfort. We are so very saddened by news olf Ben's passing. Our thoughts bring us back to you over and over during our days. May you feel the outpouring of love from this community
Jeanne Helmers (Minot, North Dakota)
May 9, 2017
Our deepest sympathy is extended to all of you with the very tragic loss of Ben to your family. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time.
Michael & Jayne Storm (Belle Fourche, SD)
May 9, 2017
Our prayers are with you. Josh always talked much about Ben when he visited.
Tracy, Deb & Dalton Rixen (Richardton , ND)
May 10, 2017
We are so sorry for the loss of Ben. You've been in our thoughts everyday. There are no words to comfort anyone at a difficult time like this. Hopefully all the caring words, thoughts and prayers can help comfort you at this time. Gods blessings.
Steve and Laura Sanford (Watford city, Nd)
May 10, 2017
Our Deepest condolences and sympathy goes to all of Bens family. I am so very sorry for the loss of Ben. I know God will be beside you and help you deal with the hurt. May God Bless you all.
Dale and Holly Washburn (Watford City)
May 10, 2017
Hard to believe God's plan when He calls home a beautiful young man like Ben. Years ago we bought our first pigs from Ben. He was so proud to show us his new litters and his sellers. We had decided on 5 and ended up with 12. What a circus they were! I also got to see Ben when I substituted at the elementary school. What a fine, courteous, and kind young man. Our hearts are broken too at your loss. Many thoughts and prayers to his family. Ready to help if you need us. Peace.
Larry D Jones
May 10, 2017
Ben and Marlai, just want you to know the whole Jones family has you in our prayers. So sorry for your loss.
Darnell Wollan (Watford City , ND)
May 10, 2017
I am deeply sorry for the loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. May God help you through this tragedy. Rest in Peace Ben.
pfl
May 10, 2017
My condolences to the family for your loss. 2 Cor. 1:3,4 describes God as the Father of tender mercies who comforts us in all our trials. Along with your fond memories, may Jehovah God provide you with the comfort you need during this difficult time.
Mathew, Heather, Rylee and Ethan Kobos (Arnegard, North Dakota)
May 10, 2017
So sorry for you loss. My son Rylee loved helping Ben with the yearly branding since we moved here 2 years ago. I know he cherishes the memories he has spending time with him..
Cheryl Simpson (Ray, ND)
May 10, 2017
I did not know Ben, but please know even those who didn't know him are saddened and ache for this huge loss to his family and community. You're in my prayers, may God wrap you in his arms to sustain you through this trying time. God Bless
Rodney and Sara (Helmers) Schatz (Drake, ND)
May 10, 2017
So sorry to hear of the loss of Ben. My deepest sympathy to the family during this difficult time. Keeping you in my prayers for you to find peace and comfort from this tragedy.
Cheryl Rafferty (Thatcher, Arizona)
May 10, 2017
Maria, Bob & Families
My heart aches for you at this tragic time! Prayers go out for you all!
Cheryl Rafferty
Noreen Wollan (Watford City)
May 11, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. He was a special young man.
Jay Reinke (Williston, North Dakota)
May 11, 2017
Dear, Dear Johnston's and Fitzgerald's,
Tonight my heart aches at your loss. I cannot imagine the pain you are now enduring. Please know that you are and will remain in my and our prayers. We are so deeply sorry. Though I did not know Ben, it is obvious that he was a loyal, loving, devoted son and grandson. I know he was a source of joy and pride. He received his best from you, and he gave the gifts of love and understanding that he received to others in abundance. Thank you for giving him all that you gave him.

Words fail at such a time. One risks saying too much. I only hope you can hold one another and be held by those you love.

There is a hymn verse that comes to mind. I offer these words, someone else's words, as a prayer for the days and weeks and months ahead.

"Eternal Lord, your wisdom sees,
And fathoms all life's tragedies.
You know our griefs;
You hear our sighs;
In mercy dry our tear-stained eyes.
From evil times you bring great good.
Beneath the cross we've safely stood.
Though dimly now life's path we trace,
One day we shall see face to face."
("There is a Time for Everything, v. 3)

We will be gone to our daughter's graduation through the weekend, so we will not be able to pay our respects to Ben publicly, but please know that you will remain in our prayers.

Our love to you. Christ's love to you. His blessing be upon you.
Peace be with you. Jay and Andrea Reinke
Susan (Gudmunsen) Vachal
May 11, 2017
So sorry to hear about your loss! It is never easy to understand God's plan for us. Find comfort in knowing that God will carry you through this difficult time and that because of His love for us we will all be reunited one day. God's peace to your families.
Mike and Stef Russell (Watford City, ND)
May 11, 2017
We are very sorry to hear of Ben's passing. Prayers to you, and may God comfort you during the difficult days ahead.
Jeff & Ann Johnsrud (Watford City, ND)
May 11, 2017
Johnston family,

We are so sorry for your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you in the coming days and months ahead. May the Lord lift you up and may you find peace and comfort in His loving arms.
Jim Chamley (Colorado Springs, Co)
May 12, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss of Ben. He was taken from you way to young! My prayers are with all his family members and friends at the time of grief !
Jay and Sheree Diede (Minot, ND)
May 12, 2017
Thank you so much for giving us the pleasure of being Ben's 3rd grade teacher and school principal. We enjoyed being with Ben in school and especially during times when we could just visit: lunch hour, recess, and walking down the halls. We will miss his smile and gentle ways.
Jim Chamley (Colorado Springs, Co)
May 13, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss of Ben. He was taken from you way to young! My prayers are with all his family members and friends at the time of grief !
Julie Jarmon (Midland City, Alabama)
May 13, 2017
My heart aches for Robert, Marlai and the Johnston family to lose recently in death your precious loved one Ben after just 18 way too short years, way too young, way too soon. When death robs us of someone we love very much, it causes much sadness and grief. Words are so limited that can give comfort, so I would like to share with you a beautiful scripture where Jesus makes us a wonderful promise at John 5:28, which says: "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out..." . Our heavenly father promises us to do away with man's worst enemy, death at Rev. 21: 4 which reads: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." Isaiah 33:24 guarantees us: "And no resident will say "I am sick," ever again. For more comforting scriptures please visit: http://bit.ly/1K38EFt. It has given me hope, strengthened my faith and helped me find the answer to Why? I know it will do the same for you. God's kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for at Matt. 6: 9, 10 will bring about these wonderful promises including the resurrection. John 6:40 Also, Titus 1: 2 tells us this promise of a resurrection: "is based on a hope of the everlasting life that God, who cannot lie, promised long ago." Isaiah 26:19 "Your dead will live......And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life." Isaiah 25:8 "He will swallow up death forever. For Jehovah himself has spoken it." Jehovah (Psalm 83:18) invites you to throw all your burdens on him and he will sustain you in your time of grief. I offer my sincere condolences to the family. Feel free to contact me at my email address: myranj@centurytel.net May these promises give you hope, comfort and peace in your time of grief.
It will do your heart good to please watch this beautiful video (song 144) entitled "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" https://tv.jw.org/#en/video/VODChildren/pub-pksn_24_VIDEO
Donna & Kelly Berg, Kari (Brandon, MN)
May 13, 2017
Our hearts are broken too. God has a plan for us all but sometimes we have no understanding of why he takes a precious young life such as Ben.
Deepest sympathy Marlai and Bob.
Kelly, Donna & Kari
Carla Schaible (Watford City, ND)
May 13, 2017
Marlai and family , we are so sorry to hear of your great loss . Our prayers are with you all .

Carla Schaible and family
Mike sue and jennifer mccauley (Kalkaska, Mi)
May 13, 2017
We are so sorry to hear of your loss our hearts go out to you at this time we will pray you find comfort in the lord he will wrap his arms around your family to find peace
Brad Bartels (Williston, ND)
May 14, 2017
Bob and Malai, I am so sorry for your loss. I miss delivering to your ranch and being met with Ben offering to help me carry your ups packages to the door.. He always talked with me all the way up the deck to the door. He always acted so mature and well behaved. I will always hold those memories in my heart. You both have a big heartache and a lot to be proud of also . I miss you all.
Kendra Storm & Family (Josh Woods' Aunt) (Belle Fourche, South Dakota)
May 14, 2017
So sorry for the loss of this young man, who was so very loved. Our family sends our thoughts and prayers through every moment. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are in need of anything at all. Sending our love your way.
Larry & Tanya Andersen (Watford City)
May 14, 2017
So very sorry for the loss of your son and grandson you have our deepest sympathy and prayers. May God bless you in the days to come.
Craig and Tammy Hovet (Dickinson, ND)
May 14, 2017
You are in our prayers. So sorry for your tragic loss.
Craig and Rena Helberg (Williston, ND)
May 15, 2017
Robert and Marlai, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son Ben. Remember that "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord" and that the Lord knows best. We can't imagine the pain and grief you are going through, but we encourage you to turn to the Lord with all your needs. He is the only one who can really help you. Our most sincere condolences to you and your family.
Maggie Johnson (Williston, North Dakota)
May 16, 2017
So very sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Thoughts and prayers to his family in this tough time.
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