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Paul E. Maneth 1937-2019
Paul E. Maneth 1937-2019

GREAT BEND — Paul E. Maneth, 82, passed away Nov. 4, 2019, at his home in Great Bend. 

He was born October 30, 1937, in Great Bend, to William Leo and Mary Teresa (Mauler) Maneth. He married Theodora Ann “Teddi” Hoffmann on August 1, 1964 at Great Bend. She died October 10, 2012. He then married Mary Helen Kummer on July 24, 2015. She died Dec. 10, 2015. 

A lifetime Great Bend resident, Paul worked for Barton Community College for 29 years, starting as a counselor in 1970, and retiring as the dean of academic affairs in 1999. He continued his professional career as a real estate agent for Keller Real Estate, retiring in 2011. 

He was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Golden Belt Woodcarvers, being a three-time State Fair blue-ribbon winner.  Paul served on the Board of Directors for Barton Community College Foundation, Barton County Historical Society and Great Bend Kiwanis Club, and served on the board of trustees for Barton Community College. Paul honorably served his country in the United States Navy from 1957-1959.

Paul enjoyed world travel, which took him to France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Israel, Jordan, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Vietnam.   

Survivors include, one son, Don Maneth and wife Tatiane, San Diego, Calif.; one daughter, Anne Marie Higgins and husband LTC Sean (Ret.), Owensboro, Ky.; two brothers, Larry Maneth and wife Karel, Salina; and Ron Maneth and wife Janet, Great Bend; one sister-in-law, Kay Maneth, Great Bend; ten grandchildren, Brett Ellis, Preston Higgins, Ashlyn Higgins, Caitlin Morrow, Molly Higgins, Collin Higgins, Brendan Higgins, Isabel Higgins, Jack Higgins and Chloe Maneth; and six great grandchildren, Charlotte, Benson, Titus, Nyla Cate, Emma Grace and Teddy Neil. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Bill Maneth. 

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at Bryant Funeral Home, with Vigil service with rosary at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Great Bend. 

Interment will be in the Great Bend Cemetery. Memorials have been suggested to the Golden Belt Community Foundation to benefit Holy Family School, in care of Bryant Funeral Home.

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Funeral arrangements provided by

Bryant Funeral Home

1425 Patton Road

Great Bend, KS, 67530 

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Nov. 6, 2019