Hobert Leroy Johnston - of Baxter Springs Kansas, died Saturday, Aug 19, 2000, at a Joplin Missouri hospital. He was 76. Mr. Johnston was born Feb 25, 1924, at Hockerville Oklahoma to Sherman Johnson and Hazel Brandon Johnston. He had lived in Baxter Springs since 1981. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II. He worked as a hard rock lead and zinc miner for more than 30 years before retiring and working for Doan Products for 18 years. He married Verla Turner on Feb 6, 1978, at Miami. She survives, of the home. Survivors include six sons, Dennis Johnston, Oak Grove Missouri, Robert Johnston of Craig Colorado, Sidney Mathews, Wagoner Oklahoma, Michell Mathews, Galena Kansas, Joseph Mathews, Rosewell North Carolina, and Ricky Mathews, Miller Missouri; two daughters, Joyce Barton and Donna Lamb, both of Baxter Springs; two sisters, Velma Wall, Clovis New Mexico, and Colleen Baird, Treece; 31 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Greenlee. Burial at Greenlawn cemetery, Kansas. Pallbearers are Johnny Greenlee, Mike Johnston, Jerry Johnston, Chad Barton, Dusten Busby, Nathan Mathews, Michael Lamb, Derek Mathews, and Ricky Mathews. Paul Thomas funeral home, Picher.