John A. Wataha
John Allen Wataha, age 72, of Manhattan, died November 3, 2016, at his residence.
He was born June 17, 1944, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the son of Clarence and Anna (Planko) Wataha.
On December 21, 1968, at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Hastings, Nebraska, he was married to Mary Juggert.
John grew up in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, graduating from Perth Amboy High School in 1962. In 1967, he graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and began his teaching career in Junction City, Kansas. He received his Masters of Science Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University in 1974. He taught for 33 years at Washington Elementary in Junction City before retiring in 2000. He then worked for 10 years for Big Lakes Developmental Center.
He was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
John was a loving son, brother, husband, father and friend. He cherished his family and they were the center of his world. He always focused and sacrificed for his family and their wellbeing. He gave them his all daily.
John’s belief in God shaped how he led his life. He spent 33 years as a very dedicated and caring educator. His student’s academic and personal welfare were his first priorities as a teacher.
After retiring he enjoyed sports, traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Mrs. Wataha survives of the home. Additional survivors include his two sons: Jeff Wataha and his wife Kelly of Olathe, KS, and Chris Wataha and his wife Jemie of Manhattan, KS; sister-in-law Janet Wataha of Manhattan; and his granddaughter Jaden Wataha of Manhattan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Barbara and a brother Clay.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, November 7th, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church with Father Kerry Ninemire as celebrant. Private inurnment will be at a later date.
A Christian Wake service will be held at 6:00 P.M. Sunday, November 6th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel.
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Memorial contributions may be made to Manhattan Catholic Schools. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.