Danny D. Trayer


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Danny Dale Trayer, age 87, of Manhattan, Kan., died Monday, May 26, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

He was born on March 2, 1927, in Strong City, Kan., the son of Dale and Dorothy Estelle (Arnold) Trayer. He attended schools in the area and graduated from Chase County High School in Cottonwood Falls, Kan., with the class of 1945.

After high school he joined the United States Army at Fort Riley, Kan. He served in the army from 1945 until 1948. Danny was a paratrooper in the army, making 13 jumps during his tour in World War II. He helped with the clean up operations after the war.

In May of 1951 he graduated from Kansas State University. Danny worked in Jetmore, Kan., as an agricultural agent until 1958 then worked in Garden City from 1958 until 1960. From 1960 until 1975 he worked as the field manager for the Kansas Farm Management Association in Garden City. Danny earned his master's degree in agricultural economics from Kansas State University in 1967. In 1975 he started Trayer Farm Business Consulting. He had the business for 17 years, and his wife Charlene worked as the office manager. He retired in 1992 and sold his business to Arnold Reinert. Danny continued to work for Mr. Reinert through 1993.

On Jan. 20, 1952, in Jetmore, Kan., he was united in marriage to Charlene Bradford. This union was blessed with three children: Deaun, Nancy and Martha. Charlene preceded Danny in death on May 21, 1998. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Martha Buttery on June 5, 1992; his brother, Harold Trayer; and his sister, Chloe Ann Triggs.

Danny was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan.

On Dec. 21, 2003, in Manhattan, Kan., Danny was united in marriage to Janice West Lee. She survives at their home in Manhattan.

Danny is also survived by his daughters, Deaun Trayer of Omaha, Neb., and Nancy Thompson (Darwin) of Wichita, Kan.; his brother, Charles Trayer of Seymour, Texas; and also his three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family of Mr. Trayer will greet friends during a visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Pastor Patrick McLaughlin officiating.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at the Valley View Cemetery in Garden City, Kan.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the First United Methodist Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.

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