Sunday, June 1, 2014

Longtime DPS Superintendent Galen Johnson Passes At 80

Longtime Dorchester Public School Superintendent Galen L. Johnson, 80, of Lincoln, died Saturday, May 31, 2014, the Times has learned. 

Galen passed away peacefully May 31, 2014.  Born June 25, 1933 in Marysville, Kan., to John and Alice Johnson.  Galen was the fourth of six children.  A career educator, Galen graduated from Axtell, Kan., High School in 1951 and the University of Nebraska in 1956. 

Galen started his career in Bradshaw, Neb., as a teacher and coach 1956-57.  After serving active duty in the National Guard as a second Lieutenant from 1957-58 his career continued in St. Edward, Neb., as a teacher, coach, school principal and superintendent from 1958-69, then as superintendant for the Dorchester Public Schools from 1969 until his retirement in 1995.

A devoted husband, father and grandfather Galen loved being with his family and friends. Also a lifelong sports fan, Galen had a real passion for golf.  Member of the Mason's and Sesostris Shrine Chanters.  He enjoyed nature and travel.  A truly gentle and loving man who will be deeply missed.

Family includes wife, Maurine; sons, Don, John (Margaret) and Greg (Karen); grandchildren, Christopher, Jason, Alex and Gabrielle: nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Galen's life will include a time of greeting with his family Tue., June 3, 5-7 p.m. and a memorial service, Wed., June 4, 11 a.m., both at Christ United Methodist Church, 4530 A St., Lincoln, 68510. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Christ United Methodist Church, Dorchester Methodist Church, or Great Plains Alzheimer's Assoc., 1500 S. 70th St., STE 201, Lincoln, NE 68506.


  1. This is very sad. Mr. Johnson WAS the head of dorchester schools for so many years. He ran a tight ship and those of us who were lucky enough to have him at the helm thank him all these years later. Goodbye, Galen. You'll be missed.

  2. I got to know Mr. Johnson not only as superintendent but as the father of a classmate, Don. He was a kind and fair man. We could use more leaders like him today.

  3. 80s Dorchester AlumJune 3, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Galen L. Johnson = Class Act

  4. Boy, we never doubted who was in charge at the school when Galen was there. Born leader! And man could he call a good football game from the crow's nest.


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