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Harold Dale Johansen

Published on -1/19/2013, 5:28 PM

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Dale Johansen, 83, Hays, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at his home.

He was born Aug. 16, 1929, in Coulter, Iowa, to Carl and Agnes Johansen. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Iowa State Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa) in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He earned his Ph.D. in 1963 from the University of Iowa.

He married Janice on Dec. 29, 1955, in Elgin, Iowa. He moved to Wayne, Neb., where he began in administration at Wayne State College. In August 1976, he took a job with Fort Hays Kansas State College, now Fort Hays State University, as chairman of the business department in the School of Arts and Sciences. He was instrumental in forming the School of Business at FHSU and became the first dean of the School of Business in 1978. In 1981, he was appointed vice president of administration and finance at FHSU and remained in that position until he retired in 1991. The family has been a part of FHSU for many years.

He was very active in sports, particularly baseball and basketball. Upon graduation from high school in 1946, he began a prolific career as a pitcher in Iowa fast-pitch softball. He started with the Coulter Cubs, then played for several teams through the 1950s and was considered one of the top pitchers in the history of Iowa fast-pitch softball. He was inducted into the Iowa Fast Pitch Hall of Fame in 1989. Softball was also an important part of his military career, as he pitched all over the East Coast for the base team. In 1951, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in the Army Security Agency at Vint Hill Farms, a base outside of Washington.

His interests included all sports, in particular, softball, baseball, football and golf. He was a fan of Iowa Hawkeyes, FHSU Tigers, New York Yankees, Chicago Bears, Oklahoma State Cowboys and Kansas State University Wildcats.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Tom and wife, Vicki, Stillwater, Okla.; a daughter, Mary Martin and husband, Mike, Hays; and four grandchildren; Elise Johansen Harvey and husband, Alex, Lincoln, Neb., Kiley Johansen and Madelyn and Molly Martin, all of Hays.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Agnes Johansen.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, Hays; burial in Mount Allen Cemetery with full military honors immediately following the service.

A family visitation will be from 1 p.m. Friday until time of service at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice at Hays Medical Center. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.

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