Harlan J. Trennepohl
Harlan Jean Trennepohl, 89, died May 8, 2012 at Mercy Hospital of complications during recovery from April surgery. He resided at Wroten House, Meadowlark, in Manhattan, having lived in Manhattan, Emporia, and Fairview during his life. His wife of 65 years, Betty Lou Faulkender Trennepohl, his son Brian Gilbert, his mother, brother and sister predeceased him. He is survived by a son James Alan and his wife Karen (of Ellicott City, MD), daughter Jean Ann Trennepohl Post, her husband Edward, son Sam and grand daughter Ava Lynn (of Denver, CO), and daughter-in-law Njale Trennepohl, granddaughter Refilwe, and grandsons Oabone and Sedilame (of Moshupa, Botswana). He is also survived by his half-brother Jeff Berry (of Emporia), sister-in-law Alberta Cousino (of Michigan) and numerous cousins and children of his brother and sister.
Harlan spent his professional life in education, first in Emporia, KS as a teacher and principal in several elementary schools, having graduated from Emporia State and receiving his doctorate from the University of Colorado; he also attended Highland Junior College and Georgetown University. He retired in 1988 from Kansas State University after 31 years as a professor of elementary education and social studies. He was a visiting professor in Seattle, Washington in 1969. Many of his students remained in touch with him after his retirement. In 2010, he received the Alumni of the Year award at the 70th reunion of his Fairview High School graduating class.
During WWII, Harlan served his country in the US Army in the European theater from 1943-1945 attaining a rank of T-5.
During his life, Harlan was active in the 1st Methodist Church, the Manhattan Men's Garden Club, the Riley County Master Gardeners, the Solar Kiwanis club for 48 years, Mensa, and Phi Delta Kappa. He enjoyed gardening at home and on 5 acres of land north of Manhattan, bridge with his wife and visiting with his family. Harlan was a voracious reader all his life, and enjoyed receiving books via the homebound services of the Manhattan Public Library during the final years of his life.
After his retirement, Harlan and Betty traveled to Botswana where they visited Brian in 1980 and attended Brian's wedding in 1990, to Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and Germany, among other visits to Maryland, Pennsylvania, California and Colorado to visit relatives. They moved to Meadowlark in the early 2000s, after living on Virginia Drive since 1961.
Funeral services will be held at 1st United Methodist church, 612 Poyntz, Manhattan, KS at 11 am on Monday, May 14. 2012, with Reverend Andy Hargrove officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the funeral. Friends are invited to join the family at a luncheon at the church following the services. Burial will be at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, May 15 at Isely Cemetery in Fairview, KS.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the homebound services at the Manhattan Public Library or to the Solar Kiwanis Club of Manhattan. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
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