The Hefling Family
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Ronald G Johnson

Ronald Gene Johnson

Ron was born 29 May 1949 to Howard Leon Johnson and Living Mother Hart. He died 02 Oct 1970 in Colorado and is buried in the McPherson Cemetery in McPherson, Kansas.

Living Hart

Ron was engaged at the time of his death but had never married.

Ron was representative for the vast majority of young people who live good, decent lives and who are concerned with doing their part to make the world a better place to live. He was an outstanding quarterback of the Platte City High School football team, and was named to the all-district and all-conference teams and was honorable mention for all-state.

From the seventh grade through high school, Ron was active in music, a member of the band and received several ONE-ratings in both district and state contests. He played the baritone, the trumpet, and the piano. He served as president of his sophomore and senior classes.

Ron was an outstanding football player at Wichita State University and was the pre-season choice as all Missouri-Valley Defensive Safety. WSU had played three games of the 1970 season and in two of those games, Ron was named "Defensive Back of the Week" and was told by his coach that he was pro football material.

Football had gotten Ron a full scholarship to WSU, but the psychology major thought he might teach and work in guidance counseling rather than play professional football. The future was to decide that.

Unfortunately, Ron was among the 30 WSU players and coaches killed when their plane crashed into a Colorado mountainside.



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