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Kent Manley

Kent Eugene Manley, 54, of Excelsior Springs, Mo.,  passed away Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at his home.

Kent, beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and cousin, was born Sept. 19, 1958, in Beatrice, Neb., to Sherman and Sonja (Doughtery) Manley, both surviving in Excelsior Springs. He moved to Excelsior Springs in 1965 and attended Excelsior Springs schools all his life, graduating in 1976. Kent married Lynette S. Clark of Elmira, N.Y., on May 22, 1982. Kent served in the U.S. Navy from 1976 to 1980 on the USS El Paso. Kent drove a truck from the time he left the service until the present day, most recently driving for Jack Cooper Transport. He was a member of the American Legion, where he was an alternate on the Board of Directors; he was also a member of the Elks Lodge and Teamsters Local 41.

Kent is survived by his wife, Lynette, of the home; mother- and father-in-law, Beatrice and Reedie Clark of Elmira, NY.; his son, Kenneth, daughter-in-law, Molly, and granddaughters, Karalyn and Taryn, his daughter, Amy, and son-in-law, Cory Wilkinson, all of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; and two brothers, Korey and Kurt Manley. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and family and friends from Elmira, N.Y., and Omaha, Neb.

Kent was preceded in death by his sister, Kathy Manley; and his grandma, Mildred Manley.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Polley Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs, with a Celebration of Life at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19. Interment in Hillcrest Cemetery, Excelsior Springs.

By Standard Staff • StandardStaff@leaderpress.com

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4 Responses to Kent Manley

  1. Kathy Elder Reply

    August 16, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    My prayers go to all the Manley family.

  2. Sherri Climer Walling Reply

    August 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Kent. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  3. Dana Watkins Pair Reply

    August 27, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Will be sadly missed by the graduating class of ESHS 1976. Godspeed!

  4. Kenny Manley Reply

    December 14, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Just saw these comments. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers. Dad was always surrounded by a strong family. He was always looking out for everyone. He sadly decided he could not live with cancer and got very depressed and we never saw this coming.
    He left behind lots of family and friends with a million questions and some of us wish we saw the signs and try not to blame ourselves. Dad never had an enemy and would talk to anyone anytime. Never saw my dad raise his voice or his hand. Just wish he talked more about what bugged him.
    Cancer is never a good thing and some people choose to live with it and some choose to not. He is sadly missed and thought of by many people everyday. He loved his wife kids, grandaughters, friends, and family. He stopped by a lot for just few min to see his two grandaughters faces on his way home from work. He loved to make them laugh no matter how goofy he looked doing it.
    My oldest who is 3 is always telling me to look up cause that’s where papa is. She does this at the most random times where its unexpexted. Puts a tear in my eye every time cause she loved him dearly, just as he loved her.
    His life ended way too early, but his life lessons and love will last forever within all of us.
    Kenny
    Son of Kent Eugene Manley.
    And I am damn proud to of called him my Dad.

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