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Benjamin Johnston, 27

Benjamin Ray Johnston, 27, of Portsmouth, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, as a result of an accident.

He was born Dec. 1, 1985, in Columbus and was a 2005 Portsmouth High School graduate.

He is survived by his mother, Nancy McKenzie; one sister, Stephanie McKenzie; first cousin and best friend, Cody R. Deemer; grandmother, Carolyn F. Armstrong; and fiancé Roxeanne Ashe; two uncles Duane McKenzie (Chris) of Lorraine, Ohio, Jason Deemer (Kathy) of Lucasville; and one aunt, Lisa McKenzie (Lee Hill) of Cincinnati along with first cousins Jeremy McKenzie, Shaunah Norwood, Josh Wright and Jennifer McKenzie; and several other cousins; and special friend Sandy Merritt.

He was preceded in death by maternal great-grandparents Roy and Mamie Kitts and two great uncles, James and Ray Kitts.

Ben was very active with the Salvation Army. He loved to ring the bells at Christmas time. He attended Christ Community Church in Portsmouth.

Graveside services will be conducted at noon, Monday, March 18, 2013, in Scioto Cemetery with Rick Ratliff officiating. Friends may call Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. at the McKinley Funeral Home in Lucasville.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or to American Savings Bank to help with funeral expenses.

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