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Earl V. Gritton

Earl V. Gritton Earl V. Gritton, age 90, of Manhattan, died February 13, 2019, at Meadowlark Hills Bramlage House.

He was born September 25, 1928, in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Earl V. Gritton, Sr. and Abbie Mae (Thompson) Gritton.

Earl graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1946, attended Kansas City Junior College and then graduated from Emporia State Teachers College in 1950 with his degree in Education. Earl played as a guard on the football team for each of the schools he attended.

On August 28, 1950, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dodge City, Kansas, he was married to Lois Joleen Carmichael. Mrs. Gritton preceded him in death on June 23, 2016.

In 1950 he taught in Coldwater, KS, from 1951 to 1954 in Goodland, KS, and then moved to Manhattan and was an algebra and geometry teacher in the Manhattan Schools until his retirement in 1994. Earl was also a football, wrestling and track coach for many of those years.

He was a member of the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, and the Manhattan Retired Teachers Association.

Earl was an avid football fan and especially enjoyed watching the Kansas State Wildcats and Manhattan High football teams. He also enjoyed his Saturday morning Radina’s coffee group with friends, playing golf, hunting and fishing, woodworking and taking care of his house, and listening to Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. Most of all Earl loved spending time with his family and attending all of his children’s and grandchildren’s events.

Earl is survived by his five children: Karla Brockman (Michael) of Kansas City, MO, Vicki Shank (Cliff) of Hutchinson, KS, Susan Skipwith (Steve) of Greenville, SC, Joe Gritton (Heather) of Manhattan, and Christy Gritton of San Francisco, CA; and eight grandchildren: Melanie Fender (Todd), Karissa Brockman, Chris Shank (Jessica), Stefanie Kim (Kenny), Jon Shank (Sandra Nazz), Spencer Lodge, Cole and Casey Gritton.

Earl was also preceded in death by his parents and two siblings: Charles F. Gritton and Helen Forrest.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 19th, at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2900 Kimball Avenue, Manhattan, KS. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan, KS.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 7:00 P.M. Monday, February 18th, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. A Christian Wake service will be held at 7:00 P.M. following the visitation.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Manhattan-Ogden Public Schools Foundation for the football program. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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