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Alan R. Shineman

Alan R. Shineman Alan R. Shineman, age 85, of Manhattan, died June 4, 2018, at Stormont Vail Health in Topeka.

He was born July 30, 1932, in Frankfort, KS, the son of Preston and Virginia (Horton) Shineman. He attended three years at Flagg Country School south of Frankfort, five years at Frankfort Grade School, two years at Frankfort High School, two years at Olathe High School and graduated from St. John’s Memorial High School in 1950.

Alan joined the United States Navy Reserve at Olathe Navy Air Base upon graduation, went on active duty for 90 days and then was released to attend monthly meetings for the next two years. He worked as a lineman for the Union Pacific Railroad on centralized train control from October 1951 to October 1952. He was called back for his physical for active duty, failed the physical and was discharged. He was drafted into the Army in 1953, and served in Korea as a Corporal in 1953 and 1954 with H&S Co. 430th Engineers Battalion as a radio and switchboard operator.

On May 2, 1953, at the Presbyterian Church in Frankfort, KS, he was married to his high school sweetheart Marilyn Ann Harry. This union was blessed with two children Kirby and Kelly.

Following his military service he worked as a CAT operator from 1955 to 1958, working on the construction of Tuttle Creek Dam on other road construction projects. In 1958 he went to work for the City of Manhattan Water Department as the Distribution Supervisor. He was promoted to Water Superintendent in 1967, Utilities Superintendent in 1970 over all utility departments, and to Assistant Director of Public Works/Utilities in 1992. Alan retired in 1994 after 36 years of full time service to the City of Manhattan and then worked part time for the next 12 years for the Parks and Recreation Department.

Alan had served through the chairs of the Kansas Section of the American Waterworks for 10 years, and served as Director of the Kansas Section of American Waterworks at Denver, CO. Alan for his many years of service was awarded the George Warren Fuller Award from the Kansas Section of the AWA, the William Hatfield Award from the Kansas Pollution Central Association, the Samuel A. Greely Award from the American Public Works Association, and the Life Service Award from the American Public Works Association for above the call of duty service for saving a seven year old boy from drowning. Alan’s business card for many years read “Water New and Used”.

He had Life Membership in the American Legion Post # 17 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 1786, active member of the Manhattan Garden Club, was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader at Bluemont School and the First United Methodist Church, a member of the Riley County Seniors’ Service Center, past member of United Commercial Travelers, and past member of Cloverleaf Swingers square dance group.

Alan loved to go to Wyoming trout fishing and hunting and fishing trips to Canada with Kirby. He also enjoyed for over 30 years the February trout fishing trips with the Vista Coffee Group. He and Marilyn loved to travel and had visited all 50 states and numerous foreign countries. He also volunteered for the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program. Above all, Alan loved his family and spending time with them.

Alan is survived by his wife Marilyn of Manhattan; two children: Kirby Shineman (Anne) of Canon City, CO, and Kelly Shulze (Doug Delsemme) of Kansas City, MO; two grandsons: Justin Boyd and Michael Boyd (Whitnee Poppa) all of Kansas City; and two sisters: Sharon Bollinger of Lakewood, CO, and Susann Ellinger of Wichita, KS.

Alan was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Marian Hopper.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 A.M. Saturday, June 9th, at the First Presbyterian Church with Reverend R. C. McConnell officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday, June 8th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

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Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation for the Honor Flight at Wamego High School. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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