The Hefling Family
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Howard L Johnson

Howard Leon Johnson

Howard was born 23 May 1926 in McPherson, Kansas to Allen B Johnson and Violet Zennobia Hefling. He died 27 Nov 2014 in Pharr Texas and is buried in the McPherson Cemetery in McPherson, Kansas.

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Living Hart

Howard and Living Spouse Hart were married 31 Oct 1948. They had 2 children.

Howard attended the agricultural vocation program at McPherson High School. After graduation he joined the Maritime Service as a radio technician with the U.S. Merchant Marines.

In 1959, Howard moved to Kansas City and worked as the national sales manager for Italian Swiss Colony Wines and McCormick Distillery before taking off on his own. He raised Charolais cattle, and was the President of both the American Charolais Association and the International Charolais Association. He had a trailer manufacturing business before eventually retiring to Pharr, Texas.

Howard published a book of stories of his life told in verse form entitled, "Gramp Pa Pa's Remembrances." In it, he tells stories from growing up on a farm outside of McPherson to being a husband, a proud father and grandfather.

Howard also honored his son's memory and love of words by writing "Waltzing in Heaven," a musical with songs written by Howard and his Living Child. The Wichita State University School of Performing Arts performed the musical in October of 2007.

Children of Howard Leon Johnson and Living Hart:

  1. Ronald Gene Johnson 
  2. Living Johnson


                                                                                                page created Apr 2015


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