A memorial services for Gaylord Eugene “Gene” Manahan, M.D., 95, Lawrence, will be 10:30 am, Saturday, December 6, 2014, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Visitation will take place from 9:30 am until service time.
He passed away October 29, 2014, at Bridge Haven Memory Care Residence, where he lived briefly before his death.
Gene was born July 5, 1919, in Wichita, the son of Gaylord N. and Lena Lusk Manahan. He grew up in Wellington, KS and graduated from Wellington High School in 1937. He studied pre-med at the University of Kansas and graduated in 1941. Following graduation from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1944, he served in the Pacific in the U.S. Navy in World War II. After the war and a surgical residency in St. Paul, Minnesota, he returned to Lawrence and practiced medicine with H.P. “Penny” Jones, M.D. Other doctors who later joined the surgical practice were John Reese, M.D. and Steve Myrick, M.D. He retired in 1990. Dr. Manahan raised bonsai, and he was a member of the Bonsai Society of Greater Kansas City.
Survivors include his son, Jack and Patricia Manahan, Kansas City, KS; a daughter Kylee Manahan, Lawrence, KS; a grandson Greg Manahan, Chicago, IL; Greg’s mother Julee Manahan, Lenexa, KS; five nieces and nephews and their children.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister Marjorie Stanley; his wife Jane Gregory Manahan (d. Oct. 28, 1975); a grand daughter Jane Manahan (d. Nov 24, 1991).
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Humane Society, Alzheimer’s Association or The First Christian Church in Lawrence, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St. Lawrence, KS 66044.
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You don’t know me. But from 1978-79, I worked in the offices of Dr. Robert Hughes, when he shared space with Dr. Jones and Dr. Manahan. As the daughter of a physician and pre-med student, I was so impressed with Dr. Manahan. He was a gentle man and always had a smile on his face. He loved talking about his bonsai! He taught me, even then, the importance of respecting the doctor-patient relationship. Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with the world.
I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Manahan was in the JOY (Just Older Youth) coffee group with my dad, Jack Starkey, who passed away last August at age 91. Now they are together again in Heaven’s coffee group! God’s Blessings of peace and comfort from good memories to you all.
We had many good times during our years together, Gene. You were an amazing person, and I have always respected you. I’m so glad we left it on a good note. Rest in Peace now.
With Love, as always….Brenda
My condolences to Dr. Manahan’s family and friends. “And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Acts 24:15) My prayers are with you that God’s promises will comfort you. May wonderful memories also help ease your sorrow.
I am grateful for the life of Dr. Manahan. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.
My condolences to Kylie, who cared for Gene so faithfully in his last decade. I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember when I arrived in the neighborhood he invited me over to see his amazing bonzai trees, grown from seedlings and lovingly cared for. I so appreciated being invited to Gene’s 90th Birthday party, even though I had just arrived in the neighborhood. May his gentle spirit live on.
I came into medical practice in 1979 so Gene still had a few years left in his practice. What a gentleman. I was fortunate to have gotten to know him.
My condolences to Jack and Kylie and everyone.
I am so sorry to see this. My heart goes out to the whole family.
I feel so lucky to have many of the Manahan clan in my life!
Dr. Manahan was a dear friend of our family. I have memories of his kindness to my dad when he was dying, his childhood friendship with my mother that never ended, his sweet & gentle demeanor … always the gentleman. He made a loving and caring mark on so many. I’m glad that I knew him. Love and prayers to his family.
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