Hubert Manthe

Hubert Franz "Bert" Manthe

Sunday, February 7th, 1932 - Saturday, June 29th, 2019
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Bert Manthe, 87, of Independence, MO peacefully passed away Saturday, June 29, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, MO 64055. A reception to honor Bert’s life will follow. Cremation. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant, Independence, MO 64050; Crossroads Hospice, 14310 E 42nd St. S., Ste 600, Independence, MO 64055; or International Rescue Committee, PO Box 6068, Albert Lea, MN 56007-9847.

Hubert Franz Manthe was born February 7, 1932 in Brenkenhofswalde, Pommern, Germany to Artur and Hedwig (Runger) Manthe. After a childhood framed by the Hitler regime and overshadowed by war, his family became refugees, traveling north and west to Heide, then Hennstedt and later Espelkamp. After initially entering a farming apprenticeship, Bert left for the Krupps mine in Bochum at age 16, where he worked for two years, while making his plans to immigrate to the U.S. After spending a year working on a mushroom farm in Toronto, Canada, Bert received his Visa to enter the U.S. and arrived in Gravois Mills, MO on July 5, 1952, where he raised chickens with his sponsors Reinhold and Dorothy Hohn, whom he considered foster parents.

After a short stint at the University of Missouri, Bert was drafted into the US Army, serving throughout Germany and France, 1954-6. On December 16, 1954, while on active duty, Bert took the oath of Citizenship in Orleans, France. Upon his discharge and return to Missouri, Bert worked as a truck driver, delivering live chickens to KC area grocers, and enrolled at Central Missouri State College (now UCM), where he received his BS in Business in 1959.

While at Warrensburg, Bert met Oraleen Glispey; they married upon graduation and settled in her home town, Independence. Bert engaged in a variety of Business ventures over the next 50+ years, working for the Woolworth Company, JC Penny, and Western Electric, among many others. In the 1970’s Bert took over management and ownership of the Ben Franklin Stores in Independence, opening several others around the KC Metro over the years. Bert eventually sold the stores to focus more on his import company, KC Global, which enabled him to travel to Taiwan and China. After retiring from the import business, Bert enjoyed several years working with Speaks Funeral Homes. Bert was a member of the Optimist Club and American Legion, Post 21.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Inge Manthe and Lieschen Chaverial, several nephews, and brother, Gunter Manthe, all of whom remained in Germany. Bert is survived by his wife of 59 years, Oraleen (Glispey) Manthe; daughter Lisa Manthe Peverill; granddaughter Hannah Peverill (David Dixon); grandson Will Peverill; Niece, Gaby (Siedletzke) Muller and two nephews, Thomas Manthe and Bernd Chaverial.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Speaks Suburban Chapel
    18020 E. 39th St.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 2:00pm
    Speaks Suburban Chapel
    18020 E. 39th St.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Connie (Darnel) Barker

Posted at 09:06pm
Bert was a member of First Christian Church of Independence where my family attended. He was a kind, soft-spoken man. He always had a smile on his face. When we would shop at the Ben Franklin in Englewood, he would take time to stop and talk. He and my father, Rusty, gave each other a hard time for many years. Two wonderful men. His loved ones are in my thoughts. So sorry for your loss.

Raymond parde

Posted at 10:43pm
I have had the privilege of knowing Bert for 64 years, in different arenas of work and later as a neighbor. We both served in the same army Battalion while stationed in Post war France. We both completed our college degree and resumed our acquantionship, when by chance we were hired by the same co .ATT&T and in the same dept. Bert decided Ben Franklin stored was his calling, with Bert's industrious work and accommodating behavior ,he did very well at his calling. Bert moved his household close to my location and we resumed our favorite discussion, world history and politics as applied to local gentry kind.
I shall always be joyful in knowing that Bert through his friends and faithfull loving wife Oraleen is at home with our savior mow.
Your friend, Ray Parde


Posted at 02:37pm
Wonderful memories of times spent with Bert when he owned the BF stores and also KC Global. In fact it was my pleasure to annouce his store as the winner of a NEW automobile at a BF show at Tan TAr A resort in the Ozarks one year. Bert was always congenial and had a smile. He was a great person to do business with as well as to have as a personal family friend. And, always there by his side, to guide him of course, was his wonderful lifetime partner, Oraleen. God Bless Bert as he rests now, with no pain, in the arms of his Savior---and surely with a smile on is face!! And to Oraleen and family our prayers go out to each.
"Remember the good times, they help to heal the sorrow."---words of a friend of my father at his services 47 years ago, and never forgotten and always true.
Casey and Eva Casebolt
Shawnee, Kansas
Shawnee, Kansas

Anna Dureka

Posted at 03:16pm
Bert was an asset to Speaks and a pleasure to work with. We have lost a very kind man, but we will cherish his memory forever. My sincerest condolences to his family.

Lee Ward Posted at 06:45pm

I worked with Bert at Speaks for many years until I retired. Bert was a kind quiet gentle soul who was a pleasure to be around. I especially loved his stories of Germany. May God bless you as a family.

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