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Franklyn E. Kandt

Franklyn E. Kandt Franklyn Edward Kandt, age 95, of Manhattan, died Friday January 25, 2019 at the Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

He was born on September 5, 1923 in Latimer, Kansas, the son of Frank and Emma (Oppliger) Kandt. He grew up in the Herington area and graduated from Herington High School with the class of 1942.

Following high school Franklyn served in the United State Navy, where he was a Navy Pilot during World War II. After his service time in the Navy Franklyn returned to Herington. He worked for the Bank of Herington. He started in an entry level position and over the years became the President of the bank.
Franklyn met his wife Ruth while they both worked at the drug store in Herington as “soda jerks”. They were married on September 3, 1950 at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Herington. She survives at their home in Manhattan.

In 1986 he and Ruth moved to Grand Island, Nebraska, where he took a job with the Farm Credit Bureau. He retired in 1992 and he and Ruth moved to Manhattan. Franklyn was a member of the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Manhattan.

Franklyn was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings: Karl Kandt, Calvin Kandt, Vernon Kandt, and Mary Driscoll.

In addition to his wife, Ruth, he is survived by his children, Kevin Kandt (Valerie), of Omaha, Nebraska, and Kimberly Burdett (Charles), of Olathe, Kansas; his grandchildren: Arwen Ruth Lin, of London, England, Lauren Jean Kandt, of Sasebo, Japan, Alyssa Ann Burdett of St. Paul, Minnesota, Christian Charles Burdett, of Norfolk, Virginia, and Michaela Marie Cox (Brady), of Omaha, Nebraska; and his great-grandchildren, Naomi, John, Rhett, and one on the way.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Thursday January 31, 2019 at the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 330 Sunset Avenue in Manhattan.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday January 31, 2019 at the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Manhattan, with the Rev. Michael J. Schmidt officiating. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Sunset Hill Cemetery in Herington, Kansas.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St Luke’s Lutheran Church Building Fund. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

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