James “Toby” Tobin Johnson Jr., 85, Lake of the Forrest, Bonner Springs, Kan., died Monday, May 18, 2020.
He was born Nov. 9, 1934, in Hutchinson, to James Tobin Sr. and Katherine (George) Johnson. He was a 1952 graduate of Abilene High School. He next went on to Fort Hays State University, where he was a dynamite athlete. Three-sport letterman, making school history in football, basketball, and track, but he always said four, including baseball. He was proud of his athletic accomplishments. Football and basketball — 3-year starter, 4-year lettermen, 2nd team all-conference, all American honorable mention, and held the school record for pole vault and javelin. His college athletic career ended in 1957 when he graduated from FHSU.
He was a high school football coach, teacher, and a business owner.
He was a member of St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Hays, sponsored a seniors golf tournament in Ellinwood, and was commissioner of the Wheat Bowl.
Survivors include his wife, Marty (McKee) Johnson; a son, Jay Johnson and wife, Lisa, Las Vegas; two daughters, Jill Puetz and husband, Ken, Salina and Kappy Park and husband, Scott, Prairie Village; seven step children; seven grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; a brother, Mike Johnson and wife, Gwen, Abilene; and multiple nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his 1st wife, Carolyn Johnson; his 2nd wife, Joanna Johnson; and a sister, Mary Virginia Kriwiel.
Celebration of life to follow at a future date.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Salina in care of Ryan Mortuary.