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RBraleyRoy Braley Jr.

Roy Braley attended high school in Horton (Kansas), where he participated in football, basketball and track. He lettered in all three sports for two years. As a senior, he was a member of the league championship football team and he was voted team captain.

Upon graduation in 1943 he was drafted into the U.S. Navy where he was trained as a corpsman. He spent two years overseas on the island of Tinian in a base hospital. Following the war he was honorably discharged in 1946.

He enrolled the following fall at Baker where he went on to a distinguished career lettering in football all four years and in baseball both his junior and senior years. In football he was a four-year starter on offense at the fullback position and on defense at outside linebacker. During his senior year he called signals on the field for the defense and was a key member of the team that was conference champs of 1949. In addition to being a four-time letterman in football, he was named to the all-conference teams as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was a member of the Letterman’s Club and served as vice president his senior year.

Following graduation from Baker in 1950 he began a career in teaching and coaching at the high school level in Kansas. He served at Westphalia High School for three years, Cherokee High School for one year and finally at De Soto, where he spent 31 years. He coached football, basketball and track at all the schools he served, including a period of 20 years at De Soto. He retired from teaching in 1987 and spent many happy days in pursuit of his love of the game of golf near his home in De Soto. He was a member of the De Soto United Methodist Church and the De Soto Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6654.

He passed away just weeks before his induction to the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame on July 31, 2006. He is survived by his widow, Charlene, and by their daughter, Karen, ’83, and son, Eric.


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