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Kenneth Ray Johnston passed away on March 23, 2018 at his son’s home in Socorro, NM with both of his children by is side. 

Ken lived a long, eventful life with several occupations, great friendships and adventurous hobbies like jeep racing, politics, private piloting, and hunting. 

Most of his life was spent in Truth or Consequences and he also lived in Ruidoso for several years where he managed Zia Natural Gas, his last employer before his retirement. 

While in Truth or Consequences, Ken was a marina concessionaire at Elephant Butte Lake.  He was also a New Mexico State Senator from 1957 to 1964. 

Ken is survived by his son, Mark Johnston, of Socorro, NM; daughter, Jana Hodges of Sugar Land, TX; and grandson, Kevin Johnston, of Ruidoso, NM. 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Jacqueline Johnston, who passed away in 2012.  The family will be holding a Graveside Service on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 10:00 A.M. at Vista Memory Gardens Cemetery.

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  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    The staff of Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. will keep you and your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to assist you in your time of need.
    ~ Kirikos Family Funeral Home
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    Mark, Jana Family & Friends. Its sad to lose someone in death. What helped me the most was prayers and faith in God’s promise at Psalm 34:18 “God is close to the broken heart: he saves those who are crushed in spirit.” For more free comforting scriptures, please visit: God’s Kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for will bring about these wonderful promises. My prayers are with you at this difficult time. So sorry for your loss. Remember the good good times with your father.
    ~ Irene Keyes   Dublin, GA
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    So long Ken.........
    ~ Ken Riedemann   Tor C, NM
  • Thursday, March 29, 2018
    eo the family and friends of Ken.....sincere condolences, i knew him for a long time and was so nice and Jacque/ I hurt my back Mon and cant sit or driove////sorry yo have missed the service.