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Dr. Robert R. Schalles

Dr. Robert R. Schalles Robert R. Schalles, age 85, of Manhattan, died June 19, 2020, at Good Shepherd Homecare and Hospice in Manhattan.

He was born March 25, 1935, in Durango, Colorado, the son of Philip J. and Ada L. (Werner) Schalles, and had been a Manhattan resident since 1966.

Robert proudly served in the United States Navy in Korea, Pacific Submarine Fleet in submarine repair from 1954 to 1958 and then in the reserves until 1962.

Dr. Robert Schalles graduated from Ignacio High School in Ignacio, CO, earned his BS from Colorado State University and then his MS and PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Schalles was a Professor of Genetics in Animal Science and Industry at Kansas State University. Dr. Schalles retired in 1998 after almost 32 years of service to the ASI Department. His expertise in population and quantitative genetics, in addition to beef cattle management, enabled him to contribute significantly to the animal breeding, genetics teaching, and research program at Kansas State University. He developed an innovative and practical research focus relevant to the needs of the beef cattle industry.

Bob was an educator and mentor. He believed it was a privilege to help young people learn. He had received numerous public service awards. He served as president and chairman of the board of the American Simmental Association and the Kansas Simmental Association. He also had the privilege to travel and speak internationally. Robert was a loving and devoted family man and a loyal friend to many. He was a stockman, Master Gardener, pilot, woodworker and bird watcher.

Bob was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge #16 AF & AM and was a 32nd Degree Mason, ISIS Shrine Temple, Manhattan Shrine Club, Phi Kappa Phi and NDEA Graduate Fellowship.

He was married to Betty E. Sewell on December 30, 1956, in Monte Vista, CO. Betty preceded him in death on August 8, 1998. On January 1, 2000, in Manhattan, he was married to Daisy M. Fielder. Mrs. Schalles survives of Manhattan.

Additional survivors include his four children: Philip Schalles (Leanne) of Hays, KS, Larry Schalles (Susanne) of Roanoke, TX, Karen Schalles of Plano, TX, and Glen Schalles (Dianna) of Manhattan; three step-children: Mark Fielder (Jill) of Lexington, KY, Lisa Lynn (Kendall) of Lindsborg, KS, and Jana Grimm (Brian) of Overland Park, KS; one brother Harold Schalles (Nancy) of Albany, OR; sister-in-law Irma Schalles of Ashcroft, British Columbia; 14 grandchildren: Shannon Newton (John) of Fayetteville, AR, Jennifer Hibbard (David) of Westmoreland, KS, Aimee Schalles of Lawrence, KS, Taylor Schalles of Manhattan, Kelsey Taillon (Ryan) of Lompoc, CA, Kody Lynn (Caitlin) of Platte City, MO, Brianna Grimm of Denver, CO, Reagan Grimm of Meriden, KS, Evan Grimm of Overland Park, KS, Nicole Fielder of Washington, DC, Nathan Fielder of Nicholasville, KY, Travis Zimmerman (Alanna), Eric Zimmerman (Stacie), and Shawn Zimmerman (Amber) all of Hays, KS; 17 great-grandchildren and one expected in October.

Bob was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother John.

Cremation is planned. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. Sunday, September 13th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. Private family inurnment will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

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The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Flint Hills Breadbasket or Good Shepherd Homecare & Hospice. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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