December 26, 2023, Blaine Ross Johnston, 77, of Anderson, Indiana, passed away peacefully at home with his beloved wife Pam and son Grant at his side. Late that evening paradise opened up and ushered him in. He is no longer bound to his bed. He is free from suffering and pain.
It was Blaine’s love for fishing and the outdoors that brought him to know his future wife Pam. They met in Scottsburg Ky. It was there that Blaine was trying to make a living growing tobacco and raising brahman heifers. One day she was visiting her neighbor when Blaine came over to ask them if he could borrow some farm equipment to set tobacco and it was then that they were introduced. Blaine had a boat and so much of their time was spent fishing on Barren River. They had so much in common and Pam loved Blaine’s sense of humor. Blaine decided after trying to raise cattle that escaped all over the countryside and his tobacco was so bad it had to be bailed, that farming was not for him. He was good in sales and so he took a marketing position with Robert Jameson And Associates Blaine trained under his brother Dennis, then opened an office in Indianapolis where Pam also took a job. Blaine’s career grew and he did very well. He became very successful and won many sales awards. He later started his own company Harington Ross Associates.
Blaine and Pam were married June 14, 1986 and for 37 years resided in Indianapolis IN. raised their children Ross Allen (36) who is now married to Laurin, Grant Andrew (34) and Anna Elizabeth (24). He has another son Scott from a previous marriage.
Blaine enjoyed watching them grow, teaching them how to play golf, fish and hunt. He loved being involved and watching them in many of the sports they played. He was very proud of each of his children. Whenever any of their friends would come over and they introduced them to him, right away he would give them a nickname. Blaine spent many winters building RC Cars, planes and even a muzzleloader. Often with his boys by his side watching him and sometimes helping. He would make reloads for his shotgun and taught each of them how to shoot a gun and even a bow. Many times they would shoot skeet off the back deck. Blaine loved hanging out in the basement with a warm fire in the wood burning stove, exercising, watching sports, classic movies and shooting pool while listening to his favorite classic rock.
Blaine’s favorite memories other than when his children were born was traveling in the motorhome taking family trips and going to hockey tournaments and motocross races. He also loved riding 4-wheelers on Pam’s parent’s farm with the kids. He truly enjoyed life. He loved his dogs and he had many over the years. He loved cutting and splitting wood for the wood burner.
It was Dec. 24th 1994 Blaine was feeling depressed about some things with work and trying to decide whether to attend a Christmas Eve service. Finally he decided it would be good to go and maybe it would help lift his spirits. That night Blaine accepted Jesus as his Savior and when he went forward for prayer Ross (7) at the time went with him. It was a life-changing moment and so sweet that Ross felt led to join him. Blaine began to grow and fall deeper in love with the Lord. He would go to the basement and read his Charley Stanley devotions, pray and his bible along with praying and attending church. His friends and family noticed the change in his life as he became a testimony to Christ. He regularly attended Crown Of Life Baptist Church.
Born September 4th, 1946 in Lafayette, IN, to Glenn Paul Johnston and Anne (Mudry) Blaine is survived by his older brother Dennis Ray, his wife Kathy and their sons Bradley and Brett and his younger brother Robb Rex, married to Jessie. Blaine was close to his family. There were lots of family gatherings at holidays with good food and laughter.
Blaine was predeceased by Father Glenn Paul Johnston, who died Dec. 14th 1986 and mother Anne (Mudry) Johnston who died Oct.30th, 2018.
11 years ago Blaine was diagnosed with a glioma on the root of the brainstem which eventually took his life.
Blaine is more alive now than he ever was. We love him and we’ll miss him very much, but we look forward to the day we will see him again.
A Celebration of Life for Blaine will be held, Saturday, January 6th, 2024, at 11:00 am at The Indianapolis Baptist Temple, 4002 E Southport Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46237. Friends may gather from 9:30 am until the time of service at the church. Private burial to follow services at Shady Grove Cemetery in Kentucky. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made in Blaine's memory to the Indianapolis Baptist Church. Blaine’s online guestbook and condolences can be shared online with the family at www.indianafuneralcare.com. Indiana Funeral Care and Crematory is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements.