Hays, Kansas – Daniel H. “Dan” Johnson, age 77, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kansas.
He was born August 18, 1936, in Hays, Kansas to William and Kathryn (Harris) Johnson Jr.
He married Gwen (Miller) on June 11, 1958, in Hays, Kansas.
He was a farmer and rancher in Ellis County on the Johnson homestead land that has been in the family since from 1897. He attended public school in Hays and was a 1954 graduate of Hays High School. He was a 1958 and 1968 graduate of Fort Hays State College with a B.A. and M.A
During the 1960s, he taught auto mechanics classes at Fort Hays State College and also worked in automotive equipment sales.
In 1954 he joined the Kansas National Guard and was a graduate of the Officer Candidate School and the Army Ranger School. He retired from the Guard in 1978 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
He was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives for the 110th District in 1996, and served 14 years until January of 2011. He also served as Chairman of the House Agricultural Committee for seven years while in Topeka.
He was a avid historian of General George Armstrong Custer history and made many presentations. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church of rural Hays, and served as a Lay Minister for many years. He was a 40-year member of the Hays Masonic Lodge/Bodies and was a Past Master, Salina Isis Shrine, Hays Rotary Club and a Past President, Kansas Livestock Association and past board member, Ellis County Farm Bureau and past board member, Ellis County Historical Society, Old Fort Hays Historical Museum, the Trego Rural Water District #2 and past board member for 18 years, and other Ellis county boards.
Survivors include his wife, Gwen Johnson, of the home; two sons, Dennis Johnson and wife, Denise, Hays, KS; Stan Johnson, Hays, KS; one granddaughter, Alex Johnson, Hays, KS; two step-grandchildren, Drew Thomas and wife, Abbey, Overland Park, KS; Dena Aovassor and husband, Salah, Carbondale, IL; one step-great granddaughter, Vera Thomas; two brothers-in-law, Tim Miller and wife, Linda, Hays, KS; Doyle Miller and his companion, Betty Smith, Branson, MO; two sisters-in -law, Emilie Miller, Elk Grove Village, IL; Marilyn Kunzler and husband, Dwayne, St. Joseph, MO; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Donald W. Johnson; two nephews and one niece.
Services are 10:00 A.M. Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Cline’s Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas. Inurnment at Mount Allen Cemetery, Hays, Kansas with rites by the Hays Masonic Lodge and military honors by the Hays America Legion and Hays V.F.W.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday and from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. Thursday all at Cline’s Mortuary of Hays.
Memorials to Fort Hays State University Endowment or St. Andrew’s Church. Condolences can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org