Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hal Johnson

Harold Cecil "Hal" Johnson

October 17, 1918
Hartford, KS

July 26, 2008
Topeka, KS

1933-34 Hartford High School - Kansas (High School)
1934-35 Hartford High School - Kansas (High School)
1935-36 Hartford High School - Kansas (High School)
1939-40 Kansas Wesleyan (College)
1940-41 Kansas Wesleyan (College)
1941-42 Kansas Wesleyan (College)
1942-43 Kansas Wesleyan (College)
1947-48 Kansas City Blues (PBLA)

Born to Ross and Elizabeth Johnson, in Hartford, Kansas, Hal attended Kansas Wesleyan (the basketball team was coached by his brother, Eugene) and after graduation he entered the U.S. Navy to serve his country during World War 2. After the war, and a brief moment of play basketball professionally, Hal, along with his wife, took a job teaching at Parsons High School, where he coached the basketball team to 10 SEK championships and earned himself a spot in the state's basketball hall of fame. In 1963, he moved on to become an insurance agent for State Farm, retiring in 1981 and moving to Arkansas. He and his wife returned to Kansas a short while later, and lived in Topeka, where he died in 2008 from injuries suffered in a car accident.

He married Dorris Tebbenin (1919-2012) in 1940 and they had a son and a daughter.

Emporia (Kansas) Gazette, February 27, 1940
Grave and Obit


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