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Gilbert "Gil" Kemnitz

Gilbert  Gilbert George “Gil” Kemnitz, passed away October 9, 2018, at age 89 at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan. He was born February 5, 1929, in rural Manhattan, the son of Lenora May (Thompson) Kemnitz and George Kemnitz. He grew up in the Eureka Valley area.

He graduated from Manhattan High School in 1947 and joined the United States Navy in 1948. He was honorably discharged in 1952. He pursued a degree at Kansas State College and graduated in 1957 with a BS in Accounting.

After graduation he worked for General Electric in Bloomington, IL, as a Systems Analyst. He went to work for Thom McAn Shoe Company, a division of Melville Corp in Worcester, MA, as a Systems Analyst and later was promoted to Assistant Controller. While in Massachusetts he was active with Boy Scouts, church activities and was treasurer of his Kiwanis Club. In 1977, he returned to Kansas and worked for the Kansas State Department of Education in Topeka as a Systems Analyst. In 1985, he was promoted to Director of Agency Budgeting and Program Accounting, a position he held until his retirement.

He married Dolores Umscheid in 1960 and they had four children. They later divorced. In 1985 he married Joyce Dierking.

Gilbert used his retirement as a time to re-invent himself as a full time farmer/stockman. He loved being outdoors and worked tirelessly to maintain and upgrade the farm where he resided in the Flush Community for 30 years. He enjoyed managing his cow/calf operation and putting up hay. Gil was an avid gardener. He also spent time reading and watching the stock market on a daily basis. Gil loved music and was fond of the shows in Branson. He and Joyce spent several weeks each year enjoying favorite shows and discovering new ones. He was one of the first Meadowlark residents to participate in the Music and Memory Program.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Richard Kemnitz, a grandson Brian Kemnitz, his farm dog Ranger and his beloved Schnauzer, Snickers.

He is survived by his wife Joyce of 33 years and six children: Teresa Varriale and her husband Jerry of St. George, KS, Carolyn Carlson and her husband Michael of Shelbyville, KY, Michael Kemnitz and his wife Carmen of St. George, KS, Nancy Case and her husband Robert of West Plains, MO, Karla Effland and her husband Kevin of White City, KS, and Troy Dierking and his wife Anne of Caldwell, KS; one sister Shirley Faulkender of Kansas City, MO; 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his adopted Meadowlark Hills family, the staff and residents of Stolzer House where he resided at the time of his death and for the past 4 ½ years.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, October 15th, at the First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, with Reverends Troy Bowers and Sandra Moore officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

Online condolences may be left for the family by clicking on "Send Condolences" on this page.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Meadowlark Hills Parkinson’s Program. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502

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