Charles Edward “Chuck” Mann

Charles Edward “Chuck” Mann 84, passed away on Tuesday March 3, 2020 in Topeka, KS
He was born on Sept 7, 1935 to Clayton and Fisher Mae (Rodgers) Mann in Colony Town, MS

Chuck married Dixie M. Wendland on Feb 16, 1957. They recently celebrated 63 years together.
She survives at the home. Other survivors include their children; Sherry (Jim) Welborn, James
(Lori) Mann, and Bobby (Melinda) Mann. Four granddaughters; Jamie (Richard), Hailey, Andrea, and Megan, one grandson; Justin, three great granddaughters; Rowan, Avery, and Ellerie. Two
brothers; Homer and Roy, three sisters-in-law, and several special nephews. He was preceded in
death by his parents, three sisters; Patricia, Juanita, and Helen, and a brother; James “Tex”, to
whom he was very close with.

Chuck grew up in Bridge City, Texas. He joined the Air Force in 1954 at the age of 18.
He traveled the world during his service in the Air Force including time spent in Spain, Philippines,
and two tours in Vietnam. He retired from the military in 1974 after serving 20 years and 7 days.
He told us he was the last man to exit through the gates of Forbes Field when the airbase closed.
After retirement from The Air Force he worked for Martin Tractor and The USPS. In 1977 he
partnered up with his brother-in-law Rick Wendland to expand Rick’s Concrete Sawing, Inc. He was exceptionally proud of his two sons for their success in carrying on the business. In 1984 Chuck and Dixie moved to Ft Myers, FL where Chuck worked for Guymann Construction alongside his brother Tex. In 2000 Chuck retired once again. He and Dixie then moved back home to Topeka to be with their family.

Chuck loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed the annual hunting trip up north in Michigan to his brother Tex’s cabin. Up until a few years ago he hadn’t missed a season for 20+ years. He and Dixie loved to take road trips and they stopped at any casino that crossed their path. Maybe even went out of their way a time or two. He loved his family and enjoyed playing with his great granddaughters. He took pride in referring to himself as “The Maker” when he spoke about his family.

A celebration of life will be held on Mar 21st at 3:00 pm at the Lake Shawnee Event Center 3025 SE Croco. A late lunch will be served.

UPDATE: Due to all health concerns over the coronavirus, we are canceling the Celebration of Life for Chuck on Mar 21st and will reschedule at a later date. We will make a Facebook announcement once the date has been set.

A burial later this summer is planned in Atlanta, Michigan where he will be put to rest alongside his

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  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a nice man and my thoughts & prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

  2. Dixie – Dad (Ken Minton) and the rest of the family are so sorry for your loss! Praying for peace for all of you.

  3. Dixie, so sorry to read of Chuck’s passing. May you find peace and joy in all the memories the two of you created over the years. Mary Anne Wendland Clark

  4. James,
    I am so so sorry. Nothing hurts as much as losing a parent. We all know the time would come, but we are never ready for it to come.
    My Dad loved talking to your Dad. They had many things in common. Both born in 1935,(seven weeks apart) both entered the Air. Force and were at Forbes Field. I think my Dad will be happy to “show him around” in Heaven!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Dix, so sorry for your loss, Chuck was a great man.
    I`ll always remember him as fun to be around.
    Rest in Peace Charlie

    Rex Musick

  6. Bobby, Steve and I are very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. God Bless Steve and Christine

  7. Our condolences to your family on the loss of your father. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May he Rest In Peace.

    Ken & Lisa Mendoza & Family

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