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Daniel H. 'Dan' Johnson

Published on -7/1/2014, 10:06 AM

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Daniel H. "Dan" Johnson, 77, Hays, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 18, 1936, in Hays to William and Kathryn (Harris) Johnson Jr. 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 his bachelor's and master's degrees.

He married Gwen Miller on June 11, 1958, in Hays. He was a farmer and rancher in Ellis County on the Johnson homestead land that has been in the family since 1897. 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 2011. He served as chairman of the House Agricultural Committee for seven years while in Topeka.

He was a avid historian of Gen. George Armstrong Custer and made many presentations.

He was a member of St. Andrew Episcopal Church, rural Hays, and served as a lay minister for many years. He was a 40-year member of 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 No. 2 and past board member for 18 years, and other Ellis County boards.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, Dennis Johnson and wife, Denise, and Stan Johnson, all of Hays; two brothers-in-law, Tim Miller and wife, Linda, Hays, and Doyle Miller and companion, Betty Smith, Branson, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Emilie Miller, Elk Grove Village, Ill., and Marilyn Kunzler and husband, Dwayne, St. Joseph, Mo.; a granddaughter, Alex Johnson, Hays; two step-grandchildren, Drew Thomas and wife, Abbey, Overland Park, and Dena Aovassor and husband, Salah, Carbondale, Ill.; a step-great-granddaughter, Vera Thomas; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Donald W. Johnson; two nephews; and a niece.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Cline's Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601; inurnment in Mount Allen Cemetery, Hays, with rites by Hays Masonic Lodge and military honors by Hays America Legion and Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, both at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to Fort Hays State University Endowment or St. Andrew Church in care of the mortuary.

Condolences can be sent via email to clinesmortuary@eaglecom.net.

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